Let’s start with a brief history of my running. I have always been an active person and running has long been a side hobby of mine which started with doing the Race for Life events yearly and a couple of years ago even decided to enter the Chester half marathon. Since that event I have not been as focused on just running, I starting enjoying just high intensity training. So I am very excited to start my new module of my third year university called Born to Run which focuses on motivational psychology and by the end of the module we are going to be running a marathon! The aim is to put into practice the theories we will be learning about during the module. As part of the module we are going to be writing these blogs which will follow our training and showing how we are putting these theories into practice and show improvements or downfalls along the way.
So this first post is going to be focused on my goals. American psychologist Edwin Locke has studied the power of goal setting since the late 1960’s.He found that if the goal was too easy then the motivation was less likely to be there, this is because motivation is channeled through goal-directed behavior so in order to stay on track and be motivated you have to set goals that are suitable for you and ones that you know you are likely to achieve but also challenge you otherwise you can easily be demotivated. In order to do this I have planned out some SMART goals. I started the Born to Run module saying I wanted to just finish the marathon and that was my goal however after a couple of weeks I decided to be more specific with my goal in order to motivate and push myself harder. I decided I wanted to finish the marathon in 5 hours or less. An article from Competitor.com gives some tips on how to stay motivated along the way and one of them that I have definitely found works in the past is to have some many different race events planned. I have followed with this and also set time goals for each run so that I can see how well i am progressing and also make one long term goal seem less daunting. Along the way I have many race runs planned which I have set time goals for so that it keeps up my motivation instead of having just one long term goal which can be daunting. For example I plan on doing the Anglesey Half and set up on finishing this in 2 hours or less. I chose this time because when I completed the Chester half I finished in 2:30 so it will feel great to beat that time.
So how were my first couple of weeks of training?
So to start with I am using the walkjogrun training plan as I liked the idea of running by time in the weekdays and doing a long mileage run on the weekend. Plus I added my own cross training workouts but I did not put these down as a must do, if I simply did not have time to do them I did not worry too much, my main goal each week was to get the miles in. I work part-time on top of uni so my training plan has to change weekly to fit in with my work schedule which so far has worked out fine for me so far.
The first couple of weeks I did not push myself to any extent and tried to see how my body responded to getting back into running fully. The aching has not begun yet but lets see what happens in the next few weeks as I bring up my training! Thank you for reading and I hope you will follow me on my marathon training journey!