Training for a marathon – or any other type of endurance event – is challenging on so many fronts.
There’s the physical toll – calloused feet, blistered toes, aching knees and sore legs. There’s the mental toll – the struggle of being scared of such a daunting task, the fears that you’re not strong or tough enough, and the stress that you’re going to let yourself and others down by not being able to finish.
One aspect that often goes ignored is how to balance training for an event with also being able to live your normal life.
People often have asked me if I want to try to qualify for the Boston Marathon someday. I always tell them, if I didn’t have a job and two kids, then I would try.
Finding the right balance between training for an endurance event, or simply trying to become fit or find time to exercise, is a huge challenge.
It was the focus of a presentation in Modesto this week put on by Team In Training. The speaker was Jenni Plane, a professional triathlete and triathlon coach out of Stockton.
Not surprisingly, there were no shocking secrets revealed about how to successfully balance life and training – just a lot of common-sense techniques to managing your time and making smart decisions. It’s not rocket science. But it isn’t easy, either. Here are some of her suggestions, with some of my own ideas and examples thrown in.
Finding the right balance in your life always will be a continuous process. What makes sense now might not make sense two years from now. But as long as you make fitness a priority in your life, you will get there. Believe in yourself.