Taking the first steps is the hardest

2012-11-17 00:00

No matter which way you look at it, the first steps are often the hardest.

Having a vision of a goal is one thing and indeed an important stride to achieving success, but it is the transition from that initial motivating vision of glory back down to taking the first step that can be so hard.

Whether a novice or a hard core runner, the colder, darker, and wetter winter days are a deterrent to runners getting out on the road, but now with spring sprung and summer just around the corner, it’s time to brush the mud and grime from the shoes and get those feet padding along the tar.

Irrespective of your running ability, even if you are commencing from scratch, this is the ideal time to commence your planning and training towards the Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon which will be held on February 24.

You have four months to go to race day and this is sufficient time for a novice to make the life-changing move from the couch to the finish line of the 10 km or 21 km; the current 10 km or lifestyle runner to morph themselves into a marathoner; and the more experienced runner to bacome the faster, more powerful sports model that can set a new personal best.

To get the plan correct, it is necessary to look at both ends of the equation:

What is it you want to achieve? A finish? A Comrades or Two Oceans qualifier? A best time? Or perhaps make it to the podium in one of the categories?

It doesn’t matter what the goal, it is simply important to be able to identify the specifics terms of your objective.

Once you have done that, you can start working your way back to what you need to do in order to achieve that goal.

This is a relatively easy process and one most people do every day of their life, but one which many seem to ignore when considering their running.

Every time you get into your car there are three things you need to know before driving off: Where you intend going? Where you are now? And how you are going to get there? This should be no different to the planning required for your running.

The Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon is where you are going, but where are you now? And how do you make the transition from here to your end goal?

Luckily, we can assist you with the final answer. As from this week, through to race day on February 24, we will be providing a series of tips and training programmes to advise those looking to move from the couch to a five kilometre, right through to runners targeting a sub 3:15 marathon, perhaps with a view to a Comrades Silver medal. Its all going to be right there in the Weekend Witness and in The Witness starting from November 26.

From November 26, The Witness and Weekend Witness will be

providing daily training tips on how best to prepare for February’s Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon. This is the first in a series of articles to help you along the way. Next week’s Weekend Witness will contain more tips, and then be sure to get your daily copy of The Witness from November 26 for a helpful recommended training schedule.

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