I also learned a few lessons from marathon training thanks to Marie Purvis @nikegetfit , she put together an killer training schedule for me as a beginner to long distance running - Finish a half-marathon training schedule
- Start small, your body will thank yourself for it. There would have been no way I would have kept up my training (on my own) if I started with a 6+ mile run and tried to keep going from there. I would have hated the goal, myself for making the goal, and failing the goal. My training started at 2-3 miles runs and increased gradually every week by one mile.
- If you are serious about your goal and really work hard, it won't seem so tough. During this whole training period, even though I feel a bit tired after some of the long runs (and sore) and squeeze in some of the weekday runs during work break, I never really feel like they are that big of a burden or too much work. Never once does it feel like I have to drag myself out of bed to run – I'm been pretty pumped to go, even though I know it will be challenging ie) hills or weather factors. Sure, I am tired at the end of lots of my Saturday runs, but it's good tired – one where I feel like I accomplished a goal ie) running my farthest or fastest pace.
- Don’t worry about what others are doing, focus on what you can do. I will admit when I first started this, I was looking at the pace and time of the others, I wanted so badly to be able to get my pace up. Justin would continuously remind me that I needed to focus on my own training and my pace will come later and it did! Thanks to the tempo runs and hill sprints.