Last summer, I wrote about how I have a difficult time asking for help. This isn’t something that’s just running related, it’s something that I’ve had a difficult time with in many areas. However, in December of 2010, I decided to get past my fear of reaching out, and asked a friend to help me put together a good training plan for the Flying Pig Marathon, and to help monitor how I’m doing as I tackle the runs one by one. If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll recognize my friend’s name: Joe Marruchella. Joe is the founder of Run for Dom, the charity for which I completed the Chicago Marathon last October.
Joe’s help has been invaluable already and we’re only into week 5 of the 18 week plan. We’ve made changes to the weekly schedule to make sure I’m making the most out of the important runs, we’ve added tempo and hill work (both new to me), continued to focus on cross training, and even made adjustments to my shoe choices to make sure I get to the starting line on May 1 in the best possible shape. His attention to detail is tremendous and that helps me keep focussed on doing the work and really getting it right. My confidence grows week by week and that alone will pay dividends come race day.