I finished my first full marathon in Richmond, VA a couple of weeks back which was a huge accomplishment and a fulfilling experience. While I have run a couple of 10Ks and did a half-marathon last year, I was a bit intimidated thinking about the uphill task to run a full marathon until one of my leaders (who has run many!) asked me to think about it and join a marathon training team.
Instead, I downloaded a training plan and started following it religiously like “weekly Sprints.” As a part of this journey, I also included my team of newbie runners and inspired them to run a half-marathon. Although they were a bit wary in the beginning and frustrated at times when their runs were in 80+ degrees and extremely humid weather in the summer, they finished strong by completing 2 half-marathons this year!