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Twin Cities Marathon

Ahh, the first weekend in October!  Temperature could be 70, could be 20.  But the Twin Cities Marathon will take place!  For many participants, the Marathon is the day to reap the rewards of all the hard work they’ve put in over months of preparation.  To survive events as long as the marathon takes time – lots of time on the roads & trails and in the gym or studio well in advance of race day.

And that means planning.  To cover 26.2 miles in less than the official time limit of 6:15 requires making a decision that it is something that you want to do far enough in advance to allow you to prepare.  There a heaps of training plans for every level of experience, intensity, and motivation.  But if you’re not already running at least half marathons, all of them will take months and it’s up to you to choose one and put yourself in a position to follow it.

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The simple way is to join a group that’s training for your goal marathon.  For your hometown race, that will be easy.  What’s less easy is to manage your schedule to accommodate the group, stay motivated and actually get the correct training in when you don’t have the support of the group, or to know what to do when illness, injury, work, or life in general throws a wrench into the plan.  The same goes when your goal is not your hometown race.

This is where having a coach will benefit you.  A coach can look at your recent preparatory races and workouts, gauge where you are now, and adjust your plan to help you reach your goal given the time remaining.  Your coach can also help you recognize and accept the need to adjust your goal when needed or possible.  Note the adjustment could be a faster time than previously expected!  Having a good estimate of what’s possible for you helps you set realistic goals – and stretch goals – that will maximize both your performance and your satisfaction with the outcome, even when things don’t go quite to plan or you come up a little short of your goal.

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So if you’re inspired by this year’s marathoners to give it a go next year, consider hiring a coach to draft a training plan specific to you, or to help you choose and implement an existing plan.  Slipstream exists to support you in exactly this way – what do you want to do?  Where are you now?  What will it take to get you where you want to go? Contact me at john@crossfitslipstream.com to learn more about how we can help you reach your goals.

–John Bryant

Founder & Head Trainer