Long Distance Running Tips
I wanted to quit running in 2010. Have you ever had times when you felt as if you had all this potential and nothing to show for it? That was me in 2010.
Those we're two supportive structures that I had. No, it was the undue pressure I had put on myself.
I wasn't listening to the long distance running tips I was given throughout my career.
Don't stress over things out of your control.
If you have a bad race, move on and learn from it but don't dwell.
Enjoy the sport.
Sure, did having to earn an olympic trials marathon standard in a 10-month time-frame cause stress?
Yes. A 2.19.00 marathon time is not the easiest of tasks, no different than trying to take 5 minutes off your own 5K, 10K or marathon time.
It isn't easy to drop weight. You really have to work at it but the most powerful thing I got out of this clip was Minister Thomas saying,
You have to want to succeed, as badly as you want to breath
How powerful is that? The truth is, you, me and countless hours probably have not truly put all of our attention and focus into a task.
I have trained extremely hard to get from a 2.43 to a 2.19 marathon time and I know to run my long-term goal of 2.15.00 I will have to train as badly as I am motivated to breath.
You have to surround yourself with motivating people.
I had great teammates in Dan Browne (2.11.35 marathoner), John Mickowski(3.39 1500m), Kenny Foster (2.19.49 marathoner), Golden Coachman (1.46 800m), Robert Cheseret (13.13 5000m), Kelly Calway (2.37 marathoner) and Joseph Chirlee (2.12 marathoner) to name only a few.
Find people that are going to hope you in everyday to achieve your running goals. I hope this video will be one your return to.
It gives the best lesson in existence, never, ever let up on a tough goal. I could have hung up my shoes in 2010 but got a reward in 2011. A descent marathon time (for me) running 2.26.
It wasn't my goal but had I quit I never would have seen the beauty in getting a fast time. I had similar feelings in 2007 when I wasn't getting it done at the marathon distance.
A 2.40 then a 2.51…then I finally reached that golden moment and ran 2.19. I didn't run anything near 2.26 from 2008 all the way to 2011.
2009 I had run 2.36 at the California International Marathon. The time didn't reflect my ability level. I hit the half at 1.08.33 and was still on 2.22 marathon pace at 20 miles (1.50), spent my last 10K walking and jogging. I learned valuable lessons from my failures.
If your stuck at a certain time. The worst thing you could do is sell yourself short by giving up or letting go of your goal.
You have to want it bad in this sport, regardless if your trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials, win your age group in local races or lose weight.
All avenues are hard but the best defense is having the same motivation you have to breath focused toward your preparation, period.