This past weekend I completed the Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon. This was my first long distant event in 13 years. I went in feeling ready for this event. Actually, the most prepared I have ever felt for an event. I could never have been a strong finisher without a personal training plan designed just for me by Ben Wyns from The Village Push. Not only did he map out a 12 week training plan. He was available every step of the way to provide support, guidance and tweaks as training unfolded. Ben’s encouragement made me want more from myself and kept me motivated even when I had some discouraging moments. Though I am boldly biased, I am also confident you will not find a better running coach. You can look for his upcoming ebooks and/or join The Village Push. The Village Push not only has running plans but an abundance of health and fitness training. Joining The Village Push is absolutely FREE.
The colorful part of participating in this half was training and running alongside family and friends, also known as “Team Always”. We were all in different parts of the state, yet could virtually cheer on each breakthrough that everyone passed. By the time race day approached Team Always could be defined as well groomed silent assassins.( Sorry, it’s classified, to say more would compromise Team Always top secret strategy) On race day, Team Always had secured several PRs, not to mention hundreds of kills. Everyone ran a solid race. I personally had some race day irritants that kept me behind my goal pace. That said, I have to compare this race to previous two half marathons I have run. This was only my third half (so far). It wasn’t a PR race but it was my smartest half thus far. My first two half marathons, I just winged it, no real plan or training strategy. I just made sure I could do the distance. The result of racing without proper training, left me injured after each one. It set me back to where I had to take weeks off and then got discouraged to the point I stopped running all together. Thanks to a good training plan that included specific recovery practices, I am healthy. I have taken just a few days off, well four to be exact. Then I ran an easy slow 4 miles to confirm recovery. It feels good to say I am ready to train for my next race. Ready to chase down some PRs.
“Team Always. Always positive. Always giving 110%. Always there for each other. Always Wynning. It isn’t about place or rank but about effort, motivation and inspiration” ~Coach Ben Wyns