Planning: Fail to plan, plan to fail. And oldie but goldie, plan as much as you can.
Preparation: Fail to prepare and things can go very wrong, very quickly.
Training: Take it seriously and you will get better and better.
Determination: Not every day is easy, things don’t go your way or the way you expected.
Attitude: Have the wrong one and failure is almost a certainty.
Work Ethic: How are you at getting up early and putting in a shift five or six days a week?
Rest: Don’t under estimate your rest. Your body and brain need time to repair.
Both are a game of survival. Both get easier the more and longer you do it. Both require consistent analysis to make sure it’s being done correctly and from time to time, and for a different reason, things need changing around.
Both need a coach, but you can also do both without one. Only the people who work with a coach really understand the benefits it can bring and how it can improve your performance over a quicker time period or keep you going for longer.
And when the day is over and you did better than you ever thought possible, better than the week or month before and then realise how far you have come in a year, there is no better feeling.
People love to ask me why I enjoy running so much, those are the people who just don’t understand what it takes to do it, and how it makes you feel.