Motivation and Commitment in Marathon Training
Let’s face it, if you’ve ever run a marathon, or even been a spectator, you’ll appreciate the motivation and commitment involved. If you’re not prepared when it comes to race day, you can expect many hours of suffering and struggle!
It doesn’t have to be that way, of course, if you put in the required training over several months. This requires commitment and motivation, and a belief that the accumulation of all those training miles will help you reach your goal, whether it’s time-oriented or the desire to simply complete the race.
So what is meant exactly by motivation and commitment? Motivation is the desire to achieve something unusual that gives you the incentive to do things that other people are not prepared to do. Not many people are prepared to train week in, week out so that they can stand at the start of a marathon and say to themselves, “yes, I am ready and I couldn’t have done anything more.”
Even elite athletes feel that way. Every athlete has their challenges, whether it’s getting the children ready for school or dealing with an Achilles injury. It’s how we overcome these challenges that make us stronger and allow us to stand on the start line with confidence.
If you’re working full-time, you might have to wake up at 5 a.m. every day to fit your training in. This takes commitment, motivation, and determination. It won’t help if after a few weeks you revert to your former habits and start waking up just half an hour before you have to leave for work.
Whether it’s getting up early or starting a fitness program, your motivation and commitment need to last long-term to have an effect. In marathon training, running for ten miles every two weeks and doing no exercise in between won’t help. Your body will have forgotten what it needs to do by the time you run again. It’s better to run three or more times a week with one longer run on the weekend to be in better shape.
These small, regular runs will add up to success over time, but they are far easier to do when you have a target to aim for. This target can be a specific time you want to achieve or the desire to complete the 26-mile race. Knowing what you want to achieve increases your motivation and makes you more likely to do the necessary training. Having a target focuses your mind and boosts your motivation.