Training for a marathon isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible either. In this post, I show you how to apply proven management techniques to your goal of completing a marathon. After all, what kind of MBA would I be if I didn’t throw a little business theory at you? Take these steps as you embark on your training, and you’re bound to succeed! Continue Reading →
Would you like to be more successful? Research conducted by Dominican University shows that those who write down and share their personal goals are 33% times more likely to achieve them. Yet, few people take time to write out their personal goals each year. If you’re new to setting annual personal goals, training for a marathon is a great goal to start with. Read on and I’ll show you why.
I never intended to run a marathon (due to concerns shared in my last post). So when I found myself signed up for one, I hadn’t thought about what to expect. Each run brought a new discovery. These were some of my favorite discoveries:
#1 – It’s a huge confidence booster.
It was my first double digit (10 miles+) run. After nine miles, giddiness overtook me. Despite being on a crowded public trail, I couldn’t resist. I NEEDED to celebrate. My arms rose into the air, and I started fist pumping and yelling “I just ran 10 miles!” People probably thought I was a nut job. But I was thrilled. For days I kept thinking, I actually ran 10 miles this week! The confidence I gained from running, benefited every aspect of my life. My performance at work improved. I felt STRONG!
Have you heard any good marathon myths? I had, and they gave me plenty of reasons to think that marathoners were crazy. I’d like to set the record straight, so you won’t worry about those same myths.
Myth #1: Marathoning wreaks havoc on your body.
Truth: Marathoners do experience running related injuries, but most are minor (chafing, blisters and soreness) and preventable.
In more extreme cases, the injury could require physical therapy and if it persists, surgery. Proper equipment, training, and common sense all aid in injury prevention. Also, distance running has many benefits including cardiovascular and mental health. My verdict: the benefits far outweigh the risks.
Note: I will cover injuries and treatment in detail in a later series of posts.