Runners, Take Your Marks
Finally… training for an IN-PERSON Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
(Woo-hoo!) And in celebration of what we are all looking forward to, please consider this my "official" and most heart-felt wish for every success as you begin your 2021 Team RMHC Chicago Marathon training journey.
Whether this is your first marathon, or your tenth... I wish you a safe and thrilling training and running experience.
(Seriously. If this isn't going to be "thrilling"... why the heck would we ever think of running 26.2 miles!)
For a lot of runners, the mileage in your training schedule during these first few weeks may not seem all THAT challenging—especially if you've been running all winter or spring.
If that's true in your case, and you are able to run longer distances, or more miles per week, or at a faster pace because they are "shorter" distances... please, STAY WITH THE PLAN—following exactly whatever training schedule you have selected.
The (painful) truth is, too many runners train too hard; run too fast; or run too many weekly miles, too soon... and wind up injuring themselves in the process.
As Coach Brendan says in his training tip this week--marathon training is more about the QUALITY of your training and not the QUANTITY of your training.
And one other "Take Your Marks…" note—every day of this training season, do the best you can.
That doesn't mean that every day needs to be your 'best' training day ever, because every day will NOT always be better than the day before. It simply means that every day, do the best you can on that day.
Hey. "Life happens."
Family, work, stress levels, diet, summer temps and humidity—they're all going to impact your training, and every training run IS going to be different.
Recognizing that’s going to be the case… just do ALL you can, the BEST you can every time you train.
Nothing more is required. And nothing less should be accepted.
Having the good health and desire to train for a marathon is a blessing and a gift... and in the words of running legend Steve Prefontaine, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
Again, my very best wishes to each of you for a successful marathon training season.
And a huge THANK YOU(!) for the commitment you’re making to train and run with us, and for raising funds that help keep families close and support the health and well-being of the children and families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities.
I am truly grateful for your becoming a Team RMHC runner.
Train safe. Run strong.