You have just put in endless weeks of training for your half-marathon or marathon. Each week, your mileage increased. You are feeling healthy, strong, and confident. You glance at your training schedule two weeks out, but wait… That can’t be right. You are ONLY running how many miles?
You have reached the TAPER period of your training. And as counter-intuitive as it may seem, the taper can be one of the most beneficial parts of that training.
So you’ve been running for a while now. You have participated in multiple 5ks, a few 10ks, and all the miles in between. And like any natural competitor, you begin to look for the “next” big challenge. Maybe it’s a better time or faster speed… Or maybe it’s distance. The elusive half-marathon is a much sought after race distance but to be successful, you need to enter the race with a plan!
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” — I heard Jillian Michaels calmly say as sweat poured down my face and every muscle in my body quivered holding the pretzel-like pose she had instructed us to get into. “I’ve never been more comfortable, Jillian” I muttered sarcastically back at the TV screen.
And although at that exact moment I believed it was a terrible idea, her sentiment stuck with me. There is no improvement without discomfort. Challenging yourself is the best way to get better and accomplish the goal you set for yourself. Therefore, I am pushing myself to run a 10k (6.2 miles) in less than an hour. Read More