When the Going Gets Tough (and Week 5 of Marathon Training)


Through the years, I’ve realized that most people want the rewards of accomplishing their goals without the daily sacrifices that it takes to get them there. It breeds from a society that uses quick fixes, magic pills, and instant gratification as a way to determine daily behavior. We start off with high hopes, but as the going gets tough…we quickly lose focus and motivation. The day-to-day of chasing our dreams and working towards our goals isn’t sexy. It’s often exhausting, sweaty, and uncomfortable – which causes most people to fall by the wayside before they’re able to see any progress.

A couple of things to remember:

  1. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Start now.
  2. The time will pass anyway, so put your head to the grindstone and plug away.
  3. Often the things and lessons we need the most come from moments that are raw and uncomfortable. Just. Keep. Going. You’ll be glad you did once you’re on the other side.

Here’s my ‘day-to-day’ this week as I chip away at my “Marathon Goal”:

Sunday: Group Centergy (mind/body group fitness class at the gym)

Monday: Rest Day 🙂

Tuesday: Rest Day (Wouldn’t normally put two rest days back-to-back, but I’m heading to Cape Canaveral to see the Falcon Heavy rocket launch – and yes, I’m totally geeking out about this)

Wednesday: Run! (Currently on Week 5 of Coach Jenny’s Half Marathon Run/Walk Program)

Thursday: Strength Training (Doing the Women’s Running ‘Built to Run’ routine from their Jan/Feb issue. Check it out here.)

Friday: Run!

Saturday: Run!

Happy goal-getting! What are you working on this week?



2 thoughts on “When the Going Gets Tough (and Week 5 of Marathon Training)

  1. I’m guilty of looking for that “quick fix”. I loved reading this post. It’s such a great reminder that we have to work hard for the things we want. When you run the Chicago marathon you will feel so accomplished because you put in the hard work and you accomplished something great because of it! So proud of you!

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