Most runners will tell you they compete against themselves, not the rest of the field when starting a road race. Of course, the elite athletes want to finish first, but most just want to, first and foremost, finish the race without injury or incident, and second, set a new personal record, or PR.
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Taking it to another level, many runners will tell you they’re “completers,” not “competers.” That’s because finishing something is often more rewarding than the end result, especially when preparing for a road race. Success on race day comes from weeks or even months of preparation, including training runs, cross training, stretching, rest and perhaps even a diet plan.
The longer the race distance, the more preparation is needed. Marathon runners are advised to build up a base of 5 miles a week before beginning training, which ramps up the distance to 10 miles a week and gradually increases to weekly long runs of 20 to 22 miles.
Those long runs take time – sometimes up to five hours of warm up, running, and cool down. And dedication, as a marathon training program, can run from 9 to 12 weeks. So setting the goal of running a marathon isn’t just race day – it’s all the hours, days and weeks of training and preparation needed to achieve that accomplishment.
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Doing something right requires more than the mere action. It takes planning, drive, and desire. So think of setting a goal – whether it be a new exercise routine, running a road race or becoming a Neora Independent Brand Partner – as something that will take time and effort.
That’s why it’s so important to think about seeing something through to completion, even if the end result isn’t exactly what’s expected. Getting back to the running analogy, many things can affect a road race result. The weather is the most obvious. Competitors can predict how they may do based on the result of training and their physical condition on race day, but if it’s unseasonably warm or rainy, a goal of 26.2 miles in four hours may not be met.
Visualization also plays a role. Research from Edwin A. Locke, Ph.D., revealed that setting specific goals led to more individuals meeting the target. Each step toward a goal triggers dopamine in the brain and gives people a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. The thrill of finishing a marathon can bring on exponential results.
An experience on the level of completing a marathon changes the runner – physically and emotionally. The reward for finishing weeks of preparation and training is often valued more than the time and place.
That’s not to say those runners aren’t competitive, but it gives credence to the phrase, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”