I’ve been running with lots of friends this summer, and they have been a great support system and source of inspiration for me as a novice runner gearing up for the Rendezvous Hill Climb – three weeks away!
My last two big runs I had the good fortune to run with Jess McMillan (who you remember from a previous post); plus friend, pastry chef and trail runner extraordinaire Brigid Horigan. Brigid is training for a 50K race, so we met up after work for an evening run up the Wildflower Trail.
Brigid motored up the trail while I chugged, and then we met up for the run down. We talked a lot about running, juggling work/ life and training, boys, jobs, everything really. I gained a few insights from my time with Brigid that have really helped me stay positive and focused going into the race:
Make small goals to achieve big goals.
BH: “It can be is easy to lose focus while training for a race, sometimes there are hard days, or work gets in the way… Completing something you have set out to do feels pretty good. So, I make small goals for myself as I train, they help me stay motivated and focused on the race.”
Do your best, and don’t beat yourself up.
BH: “Follow your training schedule as best as you can, but it is important to listen to your body. Sometimes you just need an extra rest day and that is okay. It is really easy to lose motivation after a bad run, but just know the next run will be better. I think it is pretty cool to set out and do something you have never done all while challenging your body and your mind. Just remember where you started and how far you have come.”
Make sure you are having fun.
BH: “We live in an amazing part of the country and trail running has taken me to some really beautiful places. Plus when you get to run through the mountains with your friends it doesn’t really make it feel like exercise, it is pretty fun.”