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The Unelite Athlete

Start at the end!

A lot of people know that, even though I don’t know much about training patterns or coaching, some things I do, work well, even if they do seem a little bizarre or off the wall.

So targets? I normally set the target and then work back from there. Don’t worry, I’ll explain… because I’m sure everyone is wondering “what is he going on about?”

So you want to do a race but, have no idea how to start going about getting ready, and you don’t feel like you could take it on and finish it.

Perfect. And the reason it is perfect is because you want to do it. I mean, if you didn’t want to try it, then you wouldn’t be thinking about it. So here’s my advice. Set the date.

I’m racing in the 24 hour race in Belfast this June, and it will be the forth time attempting to log 100 miles inside 24 hours. Sounds insane, right? Wrong!

People all over the world do it, so because I know it’s possible, it makes it seem reachable. Now I’ve done it three times and knowing that training for it is extremely hard on the body, and the mind, I know that if I sign up now, then I have already made the commitment.

I’ve made a commitment to train for a race, albeit months away but, by starting now rather than later, I’ll give myself a much larger chance of success.

It’s all tiny steps. You don’t have to be running fast and breaking records to be making progress. Progress is made by chipping away, working towards a target. Speed doesn’t define progress. It defines movement or distance but, not progress.

So here’s my guide on how to get going…

Step 1 – Pick Your Race

Set it in stone by signing up. You’re less likely to pull out of running it if you’ve all ready paid for it.

Step 2 – Commit

You’ve signed up and you know when it is, you just don’t know what to do next.

Step 3 – Work out how many days it is

Let’s say it’s 100 days away. That gives you 100 days between now and then. Let’s say you train 3 times a week. That’s around 42 days you’ve trained. That’s a lot of training when you add it up.

Step 4 – Don’t skip precious opportunity

Like I’ve said in the example. If you plan on running 3 times a week and instead you do 2, well you are self sabotaging your own training without realising it.

Step 5 – Visualisation

It might sound silly but, if you’re out there in the rain and you are thinking that you just don’t want this any more, and you are ready to give up on the whole thing, imagine crossing that finish line. I promise it’s everything you imagine, and more.

That’s the way I train. I set the day for my big race (June 22nd), I count how many days I have left (193 days, on the day this blog was published) and I start training, making sure that I’m using every opportunity and skipping as little runs as possible.

I hope this helps give you the kick start that you want and as always let me know what you think, or what your plans are.

Catch up with you soon,

Calum

 

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