7 Reasons to Join our Distance Training Program
Content provided by our guest blogger, Kelli!
It will get you into the best shape of your life. Having started a program of activity more than a decade ago that included walking a 58-minute 5K, 65 pounds heavier than I am today and on several medications, I found I really liked how I felt after just getting out from behind a desk and moving. Years of practice climbing a corporate ladder had not, as it turns out, equipped me to climb an actual mountain. Poor nutrition, lack of any meaningful exercise, and a diary filled with too much stress left me feeling flat, exhausted and unfulfilled most days. Let’s face it, I was in poor shape with little to no endurance.
I liked walking that first 5K so much that I built into walking longer events – the 10K and eventually a half-marathon. The word “amazing” began to show up in my vocabulary, because that’s how I felt about my improved fitness, being able to quit those medications, and my life as a new athlete.
My training evolved into joining a Running 101 Program. I ran several 5Ks, joined a “201” group and added 10K races to my mix. Several injury-free half-marathons around the country would follow throughout the next decade. I added triathlons, and being one to start modestly and work into the longer distance, I tackled several sprint, Olympic and eventually “half” or 70.3 mile races. I added long distances with wise coaching, safe and smart progression in my distance and speed, and focused on enjoying the journey.
I can honestly say that I feel great! I didn’t feel this way when I started my activities years ago. I’m 44 now, I am still setting PR’s and becoming better with each challenge. Before I started a distance training program, I was worried about slowing down, growing older, and thought that perhaps this was just the aging process. Wrong! It doesn’t have to be that way, and I have proven that to myself.
It will make you more energetic and productive than you ever thought possible. This is the surprising thing about training for a long race with =PR=’s Distance Training Program. You think it would make you more tired because you are expending energy. I have found it to be the total opposite. Get ready to feel alive, accomplish more throughout your day, and bring added vitality to the tasks and people in your life.
It will teach you an enormous amount about goal-setting—and the ups and downs along the way. Whenever you set a goal, you will almost always encounter resistance, perhaps from non-active friends, family, deadlines, and even from your own mind. Life can get in the way. Self-doubt can try to get a foot in your door. But when you find ways to control the controllables, it gives you a sense of mastery and accomplishment. This go-with-the-flow way of being can carry over into other areas of your life, to positive effect. If you have passion and the discipline to see your goal through, you will complete it having learned so much about yourself.
And even though I have completed many goals through running and triathlon, I still smile when I think of the advice given to me by John “the Penguin” Bingham, the Runner’s World columnist whom I met at my first half-marathon in Virginia Beach years ago. John said his own goal is always to “finish the same day I start!”
It will give you an exhilarating sense of accomplishment when you finish. There is just nothing like running across a finish line that you have invested a piece of your soul into crossing! Crossing my first finish line filled me with pure joy, and it made me want to cross another, and another. My first 70.3 triathlon finish line was truly years in the making, and even on that day, the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run tested me in ways I never could have imagined. When a humid downpour developed around mile 7 of the run, I had to dig deep and remember that there may be a thousand reasons why you will want to quit, but there is just one reason to keep going. That finish line was out there somewhere in the rain storm, and I was determined to find it. Crossing the line, totally soaked, was one of the best days of my life, and I’ve got great news for all of you with that quiet inner desire to conquer a “big, bodacious goal”… crossing that line is even sweeter than you imagine it to be. It changed my life, and it can absolutely change yours!
It will test your resolve in ways that will be applicable to every other area of your life. The Distance Training Program from =PR= provides great tools to help you conquer self-doubts and lead you down a path of accomplishment. It will not happen overnight, and it will not be “effortless,” but I can guarantee you that when your resolve is tested, when you want to hit the “snooze” button, the power of the group and knowing your training partners will miss your presence may be all the pull you need to make it to the starting line!
One of my favorite motivational training quotes of all time is from David Goggins, a US Navy Seal, US Army Airborne officer and one of the most “hard core” endurance athletes on the planet. David Goggins was asked once what his secret is to getting through the multiple demands that his training (and his “job”) place on him. He answered matter-of-factly, “I just wake up every day, take a giant suck it up pill, and wash it down with a can of hard.” There might be occasions during the =PR= “DTP” where you have to swallow your own suck it up pill, but the effort and the reward is always worth it.
It will give you the confidence to take on other significant life goals. Graduating from the 18-20 weeks of =PR=’s Distance Training Program will boost your confidence. In my own experience, “graduating” helped me to dream big, to set personal, athletic and career goals I would have never been bold enough to put into motion before. I now walk tall, have a light in my eyes, and seek to share my energy with everyone in my life. You realize that you can do more than you think you can, and that means personally, professionally, and in your athletic life. “Believe it, see it, and then BE it!”
It will model taking care of yourself to the other significant people in your life. This is perhaps the most important reason to train with us. No one can make the decision to take the first step for you. Think of other people in your life that look up to you; your decision to take part in this Distance Training Program may inspire other people in your life. And when you commit, training will help you find the best version of yourself. What’s holding you back? Just take that first step. Amazing things can happen!
This is by no means a complete list. These are just a few of my reasons. What are yours?