No one Plans to Fail, but Many Fail to Plan
When I was younger, I was very spontaneous. I would do anything at the drop of a hat, which was great, most of the time. But sometimes my spontaneity ended up frustrating me (and others) because I’d get myself into situations that I wasn’t ready for.
I’m still spontaneous, but I’ve learned that certain things in life are better if some planning goes into them. In my late twenties, I started running and while running short distances can be spontaneous, a few miserable-I-think-I’m-going-to-die races soon had me realizing that if I want to do races, I’m going to need to plan.
Side note: an interesting thing happened as I became more disciplined with planning for running, I also became more disciplined with planning in the rest of my life. I doubt if BECAUSE I CAN would ever have been completed, if it wasn’t for the planning and discipline I learned through running.
Running not only keeps my body healthy, it also keeps my mind and emotions balanced. So even if I never did another race, I would run… but because I’m an extrovert and I enjoy new experiences, doing races keeps my running interesting, varied and allows me to experience it with others.
Which is why I look forward to the Runner’s World Half on October 21st.
Runner’s World is hosting a weekend of running and festivities in Bethlehem, PA. With all they have planned, there will be many other runners to connect with, plus since the race is being organized by the experts of running, it’s sure to be a great event.
I often meet people who longingly talk about how cool it would be to do a race someday, but they fail to do the planning needed to make it happen. If you are one of those folks…
today is a great day to change that.
It’s 17 weeks until the Runner’s World Half. Most half-marathon training schedules are 12 weeks long, so I’m not following a schedule yet, but I’m making sure to do a few runs each week, so that I have a good base when I begin doing the long runs.
So whether you are a causal or a hardcore runner, you can easily train for a half between now and October.
But even if you’ve never run a step in your life or been a regular exerciser, if you start going for walks now, you can join me in doing that half marathon!
Go for a walk today. You don’t need an expensive pair of shoes to start walking. Just put on whatever sneakers you have and put one foot in front of the other..
If you want to do something in life
that you’ve never done before,
you’ll have to do some things you’ve
never done before to prepare.
So go for a walk… about 15 to 20 minutes. Do that at least three or four days this week.
Then plan to check back each Monday for another post about what you should be doing to prepare for the Runner’s World Half. Since I do my runs and races with the run/walk/run method I will mostly address that, but I’ll also have links to other schedules.
Spontaneity is great in some areas of life, but to tackle a race, some planning is needed.
Today is the day!
Begin planning and walking.
If you want to join this weekend of fun, but 13.1 miles isn’t your cup of tea, they’re also having a 5k (3.1 miles) and a 10K (6.2miles).
You interested? Let me know if you need more information or if you have any questions.