Gold Coast Airport Marathon Ambassador
My first Marathon… In the past, running never appealed to me. I had heard of the peaceful meditation found when pacing the pavement and I’ll admit, I didn’t expect to share in this experience. In the pursuit of health and fitness goals, I signed up for my first half-marathon. But it wasn’t until crossing the finish line in a blissful ecstasy of exhaustion that I truly understood the joy of running.
Tears gathered as I searched the crowd for support. Overwhelmed, I made contact with loved ones. Despite months of training, doubt and disbelief lingered as I was concerned I couldn’t conquer the challenge. Although the Gold Coast Airport Marathon was my first physical marathon, I now realise I’ve overcome many marathons in the past.
Define Marathon: a long-lasting or difficult task or activity. We all face them right? Testing trials which stand in the way of success and seem insurmountable at the time are, in hindsight defining moments. Just as deciding to step out of the front door is the most challenging part of my run, more often than not; making the first step is the biggest barrier to your success.
I challenge myself regularly as setting professional, mental and physical goals is what helps me grow. Yet, I believe, it’s our commitment to which determines completion. I love sharing experiences, which is why blogging is a big part of my life. Here is a blog to share motivation and training tips.
1. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVITY:
Online support, websites, networking groups, meet ups.
2. DRESS FOR SUCCESS:
Wear training gear you feel great in. The Run Stop Shop has you covered www.runstopshop.com.au
3. TRAINING TIPS:
Baby steps. Walk your marathon first. Then start at running 5km regularly before working your way up to 10km. Once you reach 10km and feel comfortable running that distance 2-3 times a week you should be ready for the day.
4. ENJOY THE MORNING RITUAL:
Make running part of your routine.
5. FUEL YOUR BODY:
Eat nutrient rich foods and research refueling with carbs.
6. DITCH THE HEADPHONES:
Working in radio, I love a good beat so unplugging the headphones wasn’t easy. Listening to only my thoughts and breathe I became free of anxiety and self-doubt.