Jim Silva: Starting a new marathon journey

01/31/2014 12:00 AM

01/30/2014 1:59 PM

Since I finished my second marathon last April I have been driving around with one of those “26.2” magnets on the back of my car.

I’m usually not one to show off my accomplishments, but after grinding out another marathon – those hills in San Luis Obispo were tough! – I figured it was OK to brag a little.

Earlier this week, I put the magnet away.

I’m starting a new marathon journey, and again have something to prove: That I’m tough enough, strong enough and determined enough to complete my training and finish the 26.2 miles on June 1. I can’t fall back on the “well, I’ve already done it twice” excuse. I’ve committed to this goal and am determined to complete it.

My past successes or failures are done. I’m ready for the future. So the magnet gets put away.

No matter where you are on your fitness journey, whether you’ve run 20 marathons or completed your first 5K, you still have something to prove. Every goal provides new challenges and a new opportunity to prove yourself.

If you’ve struggled to get healthy or fit in the past, leave your frustration in the past. If you’ve been successful in the past, don’t rest on your laurels – there’s always a chance to get better.

I’m hoping this will be my best marathon ever and I’m working hard to make it so. I have four months until June 1 and the early training is going well. Other than tweaking my back, I’ve avoided any injuries and am ready to amp up the mileage as my training runs get longer.

Finding the balance

One great part of being involved in an organization like Team in Training is access to coaches who help make you a better walker, runner or biker. I’m making an effort to be a better runner.

In a few weeks I will be attending a clinic put on by Team in Training on how to balance life with training for an endurance event such as a marathon.

That’s not easy, what with the busy lives we all lead today. I’m excited to find out more and look forward to sharing it with you in a future column.

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