This is Helen and I sporting our Awesome “Man Up” and “Go Girl” medals for running 100 miles in May. Helen took some persuading to take part because she doubted that she could make it but here we are with the bling to prove it.
So do we put ourselves though all this for trinkets? Of course not! There is something about setting a challenging goal and achieving it, an amazing feeling of accomplishment which is difficult to experience without really pushing yourself. There is also that little dynamic where if you set a goal, you modify your behaviour to acheive it; if you say you are going to do so many miles, you plan out your runs to acheive it, simple! This is how Helen did 100 in May, she monitored her progress and modified the amount she ran to acheive the goal.
With my June 200 mile target I need to average 10 miles each running day (5 per week). One strategy is to do two runs in a day; today I did 7 miles first thing (5:00 am) and 3 this evening. Two days into June and at 20 miles, I’m on target although I’m quite glad I don’t need to run tomorrow! It’s a “rest” day which means strength excercises in the gym, probably the most important thing I’m doing to avoid injury!
This is going to be tough!
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29 NIVUK