Runner's Handbook Recommended Reading
Marathoners, even veterans,
can underestimate the commitment of marathon training. Over-whelmed, under-trained
or even over-trained, you might get discouraged and miss some runs.
When this happens, don’t duck back into the shadows. Hiding doesn’t
help. Get thee out the door and get with some runners. You are not alone.
In the park, in running shoe stores, anywhere you find runners, you’ll
hear about others struggling with summer’s heat, work/training/family
conflicts and fatigue.
Now, that you know you are part of the pack, adjust your expectations
because your marathon fantasy has just met reality. This is a crucial
for you. That little movie you’ve been running in your head – the
one where you become a wildly successful marathoner that no one ever suspected
might have the talent to be a super star -- that little fantasy -- might still
come true. But as Thoreau says –
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that
is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
You are no longer dreaming about being a marathoner, you are becoming one. When
you confront your dreams with reality a more realistic scenario emerges.
The more often you make the confrontation, in daily runs, in workouts and
in races, the clearer, more vibrant and more realistic your goals become.
Your sketchy fantasy starts to have the colors of your favorite running gear;
the flavor of sweat, gels and Gatorade; the smells of the park and city.
When you run -- that’s when the good stuff starts to happen. You’ll
have successes – small ones at first like not walking up hills, getting
in all your weekday runs…drinking on the run without walking…. then
bigger success follow, running your quality long run, finishing a hot race and
So here’s your choice, stand around and look up at your air castle or put
on your running shoes and get to work on your foundation.
A Little More
Coach Shelly Glover has a master's degree in exercise physiology
from Columbia University. She co-authored The Runner's Handbook and
The Competitive Runner’s Handbook, is a veteran road
runner and marathoner. She also coaches The Greater New York Racing
Team is available for private coaching. Coaching