Thanks to Brian Harris’ CrossPoint University class “Run for God”, we have numerous people training for CrossPoint’s 12th annual 5k on November 23. Additionally, I have the joy of helping Brian train for his first-ever half-marathon, all the while helping another CrossPointer train for his inaugural marathon. So, I think it is safe to say the running contagion is spreading rapidly through CrossPoint
For those of you in the middle of your training, I’d like to offer some practical tips about breaking out of your comfort zone. Brian and I had a similar conversation with another staff member who claims he wants to lose 4-6 inches from his waistline before Christmas.
I will not mention his name, but he serves with Dave Snyder and he is our Associate Student Minister. His wife is Kate, and his baby girl is Samara Grace. However, I will not mention his name.
Now for some helpful hints I would like to share about running or getting in shape.
#5 You must plan ahead.
Lay out your exercise clothes or pack them in your gym bag the night before you exercise. You must make up your mind several hours in advance or you will never do it. Plan and prepare in advance of your training day.
#4 Stick with your plan.
The “Run for God” class has a simple plan to get in shape. If you do what is required each week, you will get in shape, lose weight and feel great. Stick with your plan.
#3 Accept difficult days.
There will be days you will struggle. That is all part of getting in shape. The difficult days are a sign of improvement. Accept those days.
#2 Measure your progress.
I am a Pharisee when it comes to recording my progress. Be legalistic about your mileage, pace, weight, etc. I record something in my journal every day, even when I take a day off. That way you can see your progress.
#1 Don’t whine, just do it.
Yes, you are going to hurt. Of course, training is painful. There will be days you struggle. So what? I’d rather struggle with a long run and finish it rather than become lazy and fat. Don’t whine. Just do what you are supposed to do.
I would be curious to read of your helpful hints, and so would many others. So, leave us a comment.