Since I have been running, I realize my running is anchoring on a spirituality. So I summarize and call it “Marathon Spirituality.”
1. Show up everyday as you promise
It is the most difficult thing for runners to show up as you promise. It is almost everything for training as well because there are so many possible excuses—weather, feeling, homework or even your friends—and no one knows if you keep the promise except you and God. And once you promise to run a marathon, you are training everyday, even if you take a day off for rest, which is still a preparation for another run.
2. Run anyway regardless of feeling as you show up
Body often knows you better than your feeling or thinking. Once you start running, your body will catch up a momentum to keep up. So start running regardless of your feeling.
3. Beginning is always important
Running pace, breathing, and posture at the beginning affect everything.
4. Run ultimately by yourself and for yourself
Others could be partners, but not all the way through. You ultimately run alone and yourself is the most difficult obstacle that you need to jump over.
5. Plan the training schedule daily and write down what you have done
Conscious planning to run daily always make a good marathon in the end. Follow the your training schedule and keep journaling.
6. Be flexible
It is your training schedule, so you are the master of it.
7. Run happily
Run without worry and stress. The time you spend for running is good as it is.
8. Run simply
Run without listening to music, rather, listen to your body and enjoy the environment. It will release your stress.
9. Have a tangible goal
A tangible goal, for instance, finishing a full marathon or finish a half marathon within 2 hours, keeps you focused and challenges you.
10. Make your marathon known to your family and friends
Supporters will be an important factor as you move on.