Commit to your training!

You've decided to enter the Buffalo Marathon. You have completed your registration. You've received your confirmation email that you are entered. Now what?

Commit to your training. By registering for the marathon, you've made a commitment to youreslf that you will be prepared to run the 26.2 mile distance on May 28, 2017. Here are four easy steps to get you started on the right pathway to commitment in 2017.

Step 1: Plan your training. This is the easiest step! Simply download the training program from our website!

Step 2: Schedule your training into your weekly life. This will require you to use a calendar - whether you like a paper schedule on your refrigerator or electronic version on your phone, get a calendar that you will use and write in your scheduled training runs. Why? Most of us do not have the luxury of having no obligations other than to get in a training run. You have spouses, children, work, school, etc. Marathon Training has a couple of lengthy workout sessions each week. You need to commit time in your busy life for these important runs. That's the commitment you've made to yourself.

Step 3: Be flexible with your schedule. Now that you've written your training sessions into your calendar, know that there are real-life things that may interere with the best laid plans. You get called into work, you get sick, your child needs you at home, the weather is awful, etc. Endless things will interfere with your plans. You can decide which ones need to take precedence over training. Accept and commit to adjusting your schedule. Move a workout a day forward or backward. Adjust for weather. Adjust for planned travel (work or leaisure). It's OK to be flexible! The key that you will hear from me over and over again is CONSISTENCY OVER TIME is the most important factor in success. If you miss one training run, don't throw in the towel. Instead, look at your calendar, and see that one missed training run over a long period of time will not negate the overall consistency of your training.

Step 4: Take responsibility for your training. As mentioned above, you will encounter obstacles to your running and training. Take responsiblity for your own preparation. Don't make up excuses; make a commitment. It's easy to come up with 10 reasons NOT to do a training run. It's too cold, I'm too busy, I have to cook dinner, I have to wash my hair... If you miss a training run, write down why you missed it. Is it a legit reason? Or were you just looking for an excuse? Being accountable and responsible with your training will help ensure you properly prepare yourself to get to the starting line healthy and ready to race 26.2 miles.

Start now by committing to your training program. You'll be happy you did!

And, don't forget to enjoy each day. Happy Trails as you start 2017.

Vicki is a distinguished athlete and international competitor, Vicki competed in the 1996 US Olympic Trials in the 10,000 run. She made her marathon debut at the 1999 Hong Kong Marathon, where she qualified for the 2000 US Olympic Marathon Trials. In 2001, she was invited to join the Fila Discovery USA training program, a program designed to develop American distance runners into elite marathon athletes able to compete with the best in the world. She has been a member of five USA national teams, including the 1993 World University Games and 1998 IAAF World Road Race Championship in Manaus, Brazil.