Today I am going a few easy miles with Jen Kirkpatrick who has just recently finished her first 100 miler.
Not too long ago she struggled to finish a 30-minute couch to 5k workout.
Jen is the ultimate proof that consistency can take you from 0 to 100 – literally!
One Picture Changed Everything
Jen wasn’t always a runner but rather disliked it quite a bit growing up.
With her 40th birthday nearing she saw a picture of her from behind and her reaction became a turning point in her life.
She made the decision to do all she could to enter the next decade of her life being fit and healthy.
The Couch to 5k program was her first encounter with running.
Running didn’t come easy at first, but staying consistent and changing her eating habits helped her to shed 20 pounds.
While running wasn’t always enjoyable at first, she loved the feeling of meeting each new goal she set.
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From Pavement to Trail
It didn’t take Jen long to discover the trails and all they had to offer.
When moving from the road races to trail running she realized her motivation changed as well.
The road was always about chasing a certain performance and time goal.
The trails were all about chasing experiences.
A 100-mile race was never a part of Jen’s plan.
She was motivated to do something she didn’t think she could do.
Previously fear of failure held her back and now that it was gone she committed to go the distance.
Train, Run, RECOVER, Repeat
A six-month buildup for a race requires dedicated recovery, both for the mind and body.
Our bodies are smart.
- We can hear what our bodies are saying, but we need to LISTEN
- If we listen to our bodies then we can prevent them from screaming at us
- Experience will teach us what our bodies are saying
After every big goal met there is always a letdown period.
Don’t rush into the next training cycle before you’re ready.
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