This year I had the pleasure of coaching my 19 year old son to run his first 10K and his first Brooklyn Half Marathon. I remember being so excited to sign him up and I worked on the perfect training plan for him. It consisted of strength training and running and some nutrition guidelines. After running my first marathon I learned so much about nutrition and strength training and how it would help me become a stronger runner and I wanted to pass along everything I knew to my son.
The first two weeks were great! He followed the strength training along with running and he ran his first 10K two weeks later and beat me by 26 seconds.. NOT BAD! Well after two weeks he figured if he ran one day he would rest the next and would eat anything he wanted or not eat enough. Me being his mom and all I was on his back about it day in and day out but he didn’t listen. However he was committed and even ran on days when I thought he would give up.
Race day came and we were on our way to run our first half marathon together. My advice to him was “go slow the first half and pick up speed the second half using a tempo method like we trained.” Well you guessed it, he started off like he was racing for his life so I watched him and passed him and in the end I missed him cross the finish line because he was far behind and it turned out he ended up in the medical tent because his calves cramped up so bad he had to hop over the finish line.
My point here is, running is not an easy sport to take up, and training is everything in all that you do, listen to your coach and run a good race!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013