“"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
Here at A Crazy Idea we truly believe the importance of a balanced and healthy diet as well as regular exercise. Below we have created simple exercise regimes you can follow, either to get you up and active, or running schedules you can follow to get you fit in order to partake at any level in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on December 3, 2011.
Our exercise schedules come in three forms: Beginner walker, Beginner runner and Novice runner and will be updated each week.
Week 3: September 1 to September 7, 2011
Each week A Crazy Idea will provide a suggested schedule of activity for those individuals who are looking to get a little bit crazy and dwell outside their comfort zone as they prepare for and complete their first Half Marathon (13.1 miles).
I could write plenty on this topic and I’ll likely revisit it again in the near future but there are a couple of specific items I would like to discuss this week.
Me: So are you going to do this year’s Cayman Marathon
I’ve actually gone through the online registration and at no time during the process does it require the entrant to agree to run a single step of the event. You’ll see for yourself when you register. One of the most pleasurable aspects of the fitness journey, for me anyways, is basking in the sense of accomplishment that comes from focusing on what I can do. There are numerous health benefits from getting out and walking on a regular basis and don’t worry if your not able to walk 13.1 miles today. Follow our program for the next 13 weeks and you’ll do great on December 4th.
The second part is directed towards both runners and walkers. Over the past weekend I convinced a part-time jogger to sign up for this year’s half marathon. Early in the conversation he stated “I don’t enjoy running. It’s hard, tiring and after a few minutes I don’t mentally want to be doing it.” Fair comments. Exercising can be hard and tiring. It can also be invigorating and empowering. It all comes down to how you perceive your actions. When times get tough and the “beast” rears its ugly head I make a conscious effort to keep my inner dialogue, or the voice in my head, focused on the positives emanating from my actions. It’s not uncommon for me to think of how proud I am of myself for going that extra half mile or how awesome I am for running past a bush that was only a mere 50m down the road. My self praise may very well be the reason I feel so good after most of my runs. Who doesn’t like to hear good things about themselves? Even if it comes from yourself. I’m certain you’ll feel good about it too if you remain focused on the positives that you’ll notice from an active lifestyle.
Until next week don’t stop running!
Check out James' article in the Compass this week here: