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garmin forerunner 310XT

Garmin Forerunner 310XT A great running watch. Buy one today.

We are working on a program to get you in the right mindset and physical shape to start running.  In order to know how to arrive at a particular destination, a GPS, like the Garmin Forerunner 310XT running watch, only needs to know two things: where you’re at and where you’re going.  We have determined (hopefully) in a previous post that the destination is the marathon finish line. Hey awesome, you’re half done, well sort of.  The other part, however, is to see where you’re at, or to use the running vernacular, your starting line.  Let’s first do some honest introspection.  Look into a mirror and repeat after me, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough…”  Hold on wait, what? okay no more Stuart Smalleyisms.  In all seriousness though, dig deep down and take an honest look at you current physical fitness level.  No need to be embarrassed, it’s an individual assessment, no one else needs to know.

Start Running

“Your Running Yardstick”

As you start running, this is a way to evaluate yourself using your own yardstick.  It’s like when you go to the gym and you see the intense meat head with the pulsating neck vein putting up 450lb bench and you are struggling with 15’s.  You should never compare yourself to someone else, especially as you start running.  This is critical as you begin your marathon training, but will also be important in marathon running.  We will talk a little bit more about that in later posts.

You will want to have a minimum baseline fitness level as you start running.  That baseline is 3 miles.  When you are able to run 3 miles without dying, you are at the fitness level required to begin the long term training.  The reason for the baseline fitness level to start running, is because the mileage builds on itself from the 3 mile mark.  It gradually increases from week to week from there over the course of the entire training program.

When I started running it began very slowly.  I charted a course a mile and a half from my apartment.  I’d get up before school and walk and run as much as I could.  Out and back.  I was a wheezing, coughing, profusely sweating mess, it was not pretty, but I kept going.  Over the next few weeks I was able to increase my running and dial down the walking.  From there I was able to slowly and consistently run 3 miles every morning.  I got faster and stronger with each step.  All that work over the previous weeks just got me to the beginning point to start running and training for my marathon according to the training schedule.

So as you are preparing mentally to get started, take a personal fitness inventory and decide when you will start running.  Speed and form will come with time.  We will work through those together.  All you need to do is mentally commit yourself to the long term battle, look deep into yourself and find your starting point, then lace up your shoes and start running today.

2 Responses to Start Running: Your Personal Assessment

  1. […] We talked in an earlier post about the mental preparation we go through as we begin a running program as we prepare for our marathon, hence the crazy.  And we did a deep introspection to determine our physical fitness level.  […]

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