- Set your target date and pick your event.
- Sign up and pay for your event and/or your trip.
These two steps will make it real and help you stay focused and on track when your training gets difficult. It will be normal to have days where you do not want to work towards your goal. Making a strong commitment will help you move beyond these moments where you lack the desire to move forward.
- Develop a training plan that is reasonable for your lifestyle and takes you toward your goal gradually.
- Find someone to train with.
Step 3 is essential because if you train too quickly or too hard you will become burned out or worse, you will become injured. Having a partner to train with helps you keep your head in the game and encourages you to move beyond your perceived limits.
Last year when training for an event, I was blessed with the ability to train with friends who knew more than I did. They loved training for 10ks, half marathons, marathons and tough mudders. Because of their passion, I was able to get advice on a training schedule that would work for me, what to eat during training and the event and how to work through injuries. Their excitement kept me moving forward when I was too tired to train or when my mind told me it was too difficult.