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From Non-Runner to Marathon Runner

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She Got Motivated

Hussa's Team In Training running buddies helped push her through the demanding training program. Working out with others aiming for the same goal proved to be a better motivator than running with an iPod for company: "The team was a great source of support and most of the people I trained with were running the marathon for the first time, too," she said.

She Pushed Through Mental Roadblocks

For Hussa, the mental aspect of running was more challenging than the physical strain. "It's hard to run for hours," she said. "I would always ask why I was putting myself through all this training, especially since I didn't have any friends who were avid runners."

What kept her going?

"I read The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer, a 16-week program for non-runners," she said.

The book emphasizes the psychological aspect of running and has tips to help runners focus. One helpful tip: "Keep positive thoughts in your head, like visualizing your family waiting for you by the finish line. Play this video in your head when you feel like giving up."

She Made Her Goal Public

"There were times I [would] wish I got injured while training so that it would've been an excuse to stop. I really wanted to give up, but it would've been too disappointing for me and for everyone else who I told my goal to." Making herself accountable to others encouraged her to stick with her program.

She Trained Her Brain

Besides running three times a week, Hussa made an effort to go to yoga classes two or three times a month. "Yoga is great for the stretches, but it's also a great way to help train your mind to be in a peaceful state."


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heatherdomabyl wrote:

Great story! I am training for my first marathon and raising money for a charity as well! I am blogging about it at

7/11/2013 11:38:22 AM Report Abuse
pollaws wrote:

Great motivational piece! Thanks

1/25/2010 10:15:41 AM Report Abuse
kimrwillems wrote:

In Fitness Magazine's March 2009 issue I saved an article titled, 'Consider Yourself a Newbie Racer' that outlines an eight week plan to run a half-marathon. I referenced this while training for my half & now want to tackle a full marathon. Therefore, I'm wanting to locate this same article for a full marathon & amnot having a luck. Can you please help?

12/30/2009 12:57:56 PM Report Abuse

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