Crush Your Race with a Training Program That Will Change Your Life
There are a million cookie cutter training plans and apps out there that will help you become a runner or get you across a finish line. And while they’re all great options, there isn’t a lot out there that focuses on building a strong inner dialogue and mental game. After I became an RRCA certified running coach, I wanted to take everything that I’ve learned and create a comprehensive plan that spends just as much time working on the way we see ourselves and what we’re capable of as we do kicking the pavement.
Impossible is the word I used to use to describe myself as a runner, athlete, and human being who would one day enjoy being physically active. For over two decades, getting active, working out, and going to the gym was something I forced myself to do in a desperate attempt to lose weight. My motivation was never that I wanted to feel strong or see what I was capable of. It was always because I felt like I needed to be skinnier in order to be desirable, beautiful, and happy.
Becoming a runner didn’t just change how I felt about getting active, it gave me purpose and community. Turns out, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other and fighting towards a finish line (physical and mental) when you’re feeling lost can change your life.
And after over five years in the running and fitness industry, it blows my mind that holistic training programs that aren’t solely focused on performance aren’t out there. Sure, there are books, but the books are written by academics and aren’t always page turners. Running teaches us so much about life. Like overcoming doubt and a fear of failure to moving past a history of quitting. Or more importantly, seeing yourself as strong, capable, and unstoppable. And unless you have access to a sports psychologist or have time to read up on the topic, it’s hard to quickly translate what we learn running into our everyday lives.
Here’s something I’ve learned: most of us aren’t trying to win the race. We’re just trying to survive. Maybe we’re running away from something. Or maybe we’re running towards something. Either way, we aren’t running because we’re athletic machines who eat, sleep, and breath personal records and personal bests. We cry on street corners, drag our feet, complain, take one step forward and twenty-six point two steps back, we struggle to find the time in our schedules to fit a run in (and guilt ourselves when we can’t make it all work), and we consistently ask ourselves why the hell we keep going. Yet, despite the pain, struggle, setbacks, and roadblocks, the truth is, it’s hard to imagine how we’d survive our daily lives without this crazy running thing we love to kind of hate. (And if you’re new to this running this and totally skeptical, just wait. Running will change your life.)
Most training plans put the emphasis on race day. They frame race day as the true test.
Yes, race day is the outcome goal that my training plans will help you work towards, but the real magic and transformation will happen during the journey. Showing up for yourself, battling self-doubt, fear, insecurities, and discovering how to give your best effort every single day is a million times harder than getting to the finish line. Running an endurance race is hard, but training for one is a hell of a lot harder.
Regardless of what goal you’re chasing, from your first half marathon or marathon to breaking 2 hours in a half marathon, or going for 3 hours in a half or 6 hours in a marathon, my new training journals won’t just help you get there, they’ll help you build trust, confidence, and a bulletproof sense of self. We’ll work on everything from your core values to accurate self-talk and visualization.
These program’s will ask you to reflect and look inwards. You can get as much or as little from them as you want. If you aren’t looking for a more comprehensive journal, opt for a basic training plan. But it’s my hope that you’ll choose the journal and find the time to work on the mental game of running.
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Which Training Plan Is Right For You?
We offer three different tiers of options for anyone looking to run down a finish line.
Basic training plans.
My basic training plans have minimal journaling and consist of weekly training plans that will help you build the physical strength necessary for running a half or full marathon. If you’re looking for a simple training plan that will train you to kick ass and take names, this option is for you.
My comprehensive training journals contain weekly training plans but also give you all the tools and insights I’ve learned over the last five years broken down into weekly lessons. Each week presents a new topic from self-efficacy, self-limiting factors, accurate self-talk, doubt, and fear, to creating a race day plan, pushing through rough patches, body image, redefining your limits. etc. Through structured journal prompts, we’ll look at what you say to and believe about yourself and work to figure out how running translates into your everyday life.If you’re looking for a more extensive training plan that provides resources and works both the mental and physical elements of the journey, you’ll enjoy my training journals.
Coaching is the most hands-on option of the three for anyone looking to truly invest in their journey. Not only will you receive a customized training plan but every week you’ll get a strength training plan developed by Physical Therapist Raechel Bugner and the week’s chapter of my training journals. As your coach, I’m here to talk through speed bumps and breakthroughs, questions, tips and tricks in my weekly live Google Hangout and our private Facebook community lends the support you need to run down your goal with a badass community.
By investing in coaching or my training journals, you won’t just cross a finish line, you’ll walk away with a rock solid belief in yourself, what you’re capable of, and how to power through anything that stands in your way. Like most training plans, I’ve developed a program that combines endurance, recovery, reflection, and speed work to prepare you for your race. But these training plans require an extra layer of commitment. A commitment to look within, question, reflect, and an openness to a challenge.