Tip #1: Stay Flexible
Set a goal and then stay flexible. 100 miles is a long way, but an attainable goal over the course of a month. Getting started might be the toughest part of it all! Begin by breaking the numbers down: 25 miles per week is less intimidating and each week offers flexibility to run a few more or a few less miles. There is always a hump to get over with any new challenge and this is no different.
Commit for two weeks and I bet you'll be over the soreness, have established a routine, and will have begun reaping the rewards of positive and heathy changes. The final two weeks should be a blast!
Tip #2: Go-To Gear
I'm fortunate to work with several amazing companies whose ethos aligns with my own. So, what's my go-to gear and kit?
- Daily: Flora Floradix Iron + Herbs
- Race morning: Picky Bars Performance Granola
- Waist belt: Nathan VaporKrar WaistPak
- Nutrition: GU Roctane Summit Tea drink mix and Hoppy Trails gels
- Top & bottom: The North Face Better Than Naked
- Shoes: The North Face Flight RKT
- Socks: Smartwool® PhD® Pro Endurance
- On-the-go sustained energy: FBomb Salted Chocolate Macadamia nut butter
Tip #3: Consistency Trumps All
I like to say I've had several different running lives, from the track to the roads and finally to the trails and mountains where my heart truly belongs. Along the way I've learned that a strict and inflexible training regimen does me more harm than good, more often than not leaving me disappointed and irrationally hard on myself when I'm forced to deviate from the plan.
These days I embrace a very fluid and flexible training 'framework' with distinct goals and several paths to reaching them. In today's hectic, seemingly 24/7 society, allowing yourself to roll with the punches without feeling as though you are slacking or cutting corners will go a long way towards reaching your goals and establishing a healthy relationship with running.
Remember, consistency trumps all. When the day goes sideways and the long run you planned turns impossible, a short lap around the park is a whole lot closer to a long run than no miles at all. Consider your game plan as a "best case scenario" and be willing and able to compromise and adjust when needed.
You don't have to LOVE running all of the time – I sure don't. I love it some of the time, like it most of the time, and struggle to get out the door a decent amount of the time as well. Regardless of my mindset as I begin a run, I know I'll be a better person and more productive the rest of the day for it, and I use this as a motivator in fitting runs into my busy schedule.
It’s important to just keep chipping away no matter what life throws our way.