Philadelphia is famous for many great things; the Liberty Bell, Cheesesteaks, Rocky Balboa, and now, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. On Sunday, May 4, 2014, around 40,000 runners will get a fun opportunity to run the most popular 10 mile race in the United States. The entire course is on one street, runs through Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods, and finishes in the scenic Navy Yard. The course is quick (a previous participant set the record for the fastest recorded 10 mile in the U.S.) and is relatively flat and downhill. This a fantastic race regardless of ability level, and a must for any Philadelphia runner!
This year my husband and I are running the race together. We are getting excited and find it hard to believe the race is only 6 weeks away. While I have completed the Broad Street Run previously, this is my first timed race since I had my daughter a year ago. I used to always enjoy training for races, but lately I found it to be somewhat stressful. Planning runs around nap time, and forcing myself on the treadmill after little sleep, and a long day of chasing a very adventurous 12 month old has really tested my commitment. Before I had a kid, I would spend hours working out. With 6 weeks left until the race, I feel my training is on track, but there have certainly been some hurdles along the way.
For anyone else running the 2014 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, or training for any other type of athletic event, or even trying to lose some pounds before summer, here are 3 key ideas to achieving your fitness goals.
- MOTIVATION: Remember why you chose your goal in the first place. When things get tough and are not going accordingly to your plan, take a moment and remember why you started the journey. It is amazing how easy it is to lose sight of a goal in the daily events of our lives, especially when life is busy! Seek social support; having a coach or workout partner is an easy way to keep motivated. Don’t forget to make your training fun. Mix up your workouts and try something new. Most importantly, if you fail (things happen), try again! Personally, paying for a race puts my money where my mouth is and gets me on the treadmill quickly!
- NUTRITION: Be sure to eat with a purpose! What you put into your body is the fuel for your workouts. These days I have little time to work out and a slower metabolism. When training, I carefully monitor what I eat and drink. My workouts must be efficient, and so must my meals. For my Broad Street Run training, I am being very careful not to gain any weight (fat) that I wouldn’t want to carry for the 10 miles. I also need energy, and bagels and cupcakes, for example, don’t give me the high energy I need to power through my training.
- COMMITMENT: Every single day. No matter what, you should work on your goal every single day. If you are training for a body building competition and today is a rest day for you, then you can read about the preparations of top competitors, research diet-plans, and chat with fellow body builders etc. This will make sure that you are attached to your goal every single day.
Good luck to everyone out there working on your fitness goals!