ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE
The first step in becoming a serious runner!
That was the title of a column I read in a running magazine back in the early 1980's. It was written by Marty Liquori, a world class runner, and one of my running heroes. It was a summary of the book Marty had written on training for a serious runner. Over the years I've searched for a copy of the column and was thrilled when this popped up on my suggested reading list
On first reading it I thought Marty was a little over the top, but eventually I began to understand his concepts. His point was, if you want serious results from your running, you need to be serious about your running. A serious runner makes running a focal point of their daily routines. It's OK not to make running the focal point of your routines, but don't expect extraordinary results with a less than great commitment.
You can be a runner with/out eating/sleeping/breathing the sport of running, BUT if you truly want to achieve great results, you make running a focal point. This is true with most any endeavor/sport that you want to be great at. Don't fool yourself into thinking you are serious if you are not serious unless you prioritize your running. This does not mean that you can not do other things, but make a point of planning out your running so that you get it in, and that it does not take a backseat to distractions and other things. Manage you school, work and family so that you can run and still take care of getting rest, eating properly, etc.
This concept made a lasting impression on me as a young runner. It changed how I thought about my training and commitment, and set me on a a course to become a true competitive runner.
I recently found the complete series of articles (19 pages total) of which is a condensed version of Marty's book on Training, it is well worth taking a few minutes to read! It is also a great explanation of the concepts of importance of training phases.