Enjoy The Small Wins
After you’ve created your step-by-step process, don’t forget to celebrate the small victories along the way. Making lifestyle training changes is mentally draining and you need to reward yourself to stay motivated.
As an example, if your goal is to finish a marathon, don’t forget to celebrate your farthest ever long run or your highest mileage week, especially when it puts you at the “minimum” many coaches recommend before starting to train.
Use these small victories as markers and an opportunity to reflect on how far you’ve come already. It’s easy to become so caught up in our currently reality that we can forget about the progress we’ve already made.
As an example, I worked with a few runners this fall training for their first 10K. Both started with 3 miles as their longest run for the week. After two months they were comfortable running 6-7 miles at a time, but they were frustrated and ready to give up after a tough 9-mile long run. However, I asked them to think back two months and remember how daunting running 7 miles seemed. After reflecting, it helped them appreciate their progress so far while providing much-needed motivation.
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