Dear _____ ,
Learning to run... I'm not gonna lie and tell you that I am an amazing runner, that I wake up everyday excited to go on a run, or that I enjoy every moment of it when I'm out there. I am in no way setting records and still I do not find running to be easy. But what I can tell you is that the mental motivation and feeling of accomplishment that I have after a run is well worth all of the pain and hard work.
In the beginning I could barely run a mile without stopping. I was not in terrible shape by any means, but my body just was not used to running long distances. I was able to push past through constant dedication and by committing to my training. If you have any aspirations towards regularly running, I personally swear by the training guides! I did not train very hard for my first half and boy did I regret it. For the Rock N Roll I followed a training guide from the book "The Runner's World Big Book of Marathon and Half Marathon Training." This breaks it down for beginners all the way up to advanced runners and gives you anywhere from a 10 to 16 week training program for you to prepare for your race. Keep in mind that there are tons of training guides out there, so if you already have one that you like then that will work just as well. This is just one that I have found to be very useful for beginners!
I think some thing that Is not done enough in life is goal setting, whether they be short term or long term. It's great for personal growth to say you are going to accomplish something and then making a plan to get it done. I have set a personal goal for myself to run at least one half marathon per year for for the rest of my life and I plan on making this a reality. So far I ran the Phoenix Half in February 2016, and then most recently the Brooklyn Rock N Roll Half in October 2017. I have improved my time from the first to the second, and I love that feeling of staying healthy and having something I can continue to look to accomplish.
I am still looking for which race I want to do in 2018! If you have any recommendations I am 100% open to them! Your goals can be anything you want then to be. They do not have to be the same as anyone else, and they definitely do not need to involve running. Mostly, I encourage you to push yourself to achieve something you do not necessarily feel confident in, because when you get to the finish line, that feeling of accomplishment lasts forever (or at least until the next time). Happy Trails!
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