Turning Into a Marathon Runner in Under a Month

I went from a non-runner to a marathon runner in a month and this is what I learned:

  1. Everyone underestimates their potential 

I made a goal for this summer to run a marathon, and without running more than a mile for almost for a whole year I knew it was going to be challenging but possible. That’s not what I was told. Articles and family members told me that I needed more time than summer. I needed to ease into running and not overdo it in a month’s time. Running 26.2 miles was not easy by any means but it can be accomplished in a much smaller time frame than people believe. 

People underestimate their abilities and potential to accomplish a goal.

They refuse to set goals because they are afraid of failure.

Or because they perceive that they are not capable of the goal. The human mind and body are so much stronger than perceived.

  1. Pain is necessary 

If you run and then stop when it starts to hurt, you’re not going to get very far. Pain happens from the first 100 yards to the 26th mile. There’s no getting around it.

Pain is necessary.

But the funniest thing is if you keep on going the pain usually goes away, but then transfers to another part of your body. I have had a knee injury since high school and it prevented me from running, I thought. Within one week of running hard. I didn’t need knee support and it is in the best condition since my junior year of high school.

Pain is necessary and most of the time pushing through the pain is the only option. 

      3. Goals are good for self-discipline and humility 

I thought I was awesome.

I finished a marathon in 5:24:22 in 102 degrees of heat. That was a good goal to keep myself self-disciplined for a month but after that, I didn’t run for a week and a half. I slept in, started to cheat on my diet and lost the drive to better myself. I told myself “I need to rest” and “I have accomplished enough.”

This was a huge mistake.

This caused me to fail on 3 other goals I had for July, and that’s the best part about goals. Not that you feel good after accomplishing them but when you fail. You remind yourself that you are not that great and your effort was not enough.

Failure gives you the 2 options: to settle with your progress or continue to work hard and accomplish those goals in the future.

Don’t settle.

“Keep Hammering” - Cameron Hanes

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