I’m training for the Great North Run. I do it pretty much every year. And at the end of the event each time I say to myself (and anyone else who will listen) that I’ll never do it again. And I’m sure I mean it for that first day or so when I’m aching and looking forward to never setting foot on the road in my running shoes ever again.
But there is a very real reason that I participate on the great North Run. It sets my fitness goals for the year. Rather than ‘try to go out for a run,’ know I need to be fit enough to propel myself 13.1 miles come the start of September. This means I have to go out for a run at least 2 to 3 times per week, more as we get closer to the event. Rather than let the heat bother me, or let myself fill up on fizzy drinks and ice cream, I look at my diet as I start to step up the training. Running 5 miles plus needs a stack of calories.
Great North Run For Charity
One of the other things I always try to do is to run for charity. This means I am even more motivated to get off my backside and train. I know I will be letting people down if I don’t train. And that’s the last place I want to be. Training can be tough if you’re feeling under the weather or just not motivated. The thought that other people are relying on your effort can concentrate the mind.
Running through the summer is a different animal to running through the winter. You might have to choose the time of day more carefully to avoid the sun and the worst of the heat. But that is just part of it. Planning for a big event can really help you to set effective exercise goals and prepare your body as you approach and pass the age of fifty. By the way, there is no excuse – the oldest marathon runner was over 100 when they completed their last one.