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Training for a Goal Together

By: Joanne Walker BA (hons) - Updated: 30 Nov 2010 | comments*Discuss
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Training for a goal together, a specific achievement which you want to reach, is one of the most important times to have your family’s support. If it is members of your family with whom you are training, then so much the better.

For, depending on the goal itself, it may be that you become rather single-minded about reaching it, which in turn will mean that your family will have to listen to you talk about it and sacrifice time with you as you train for it. If they are training for the same goal then they will be able to share with you in all the ups and downs you go through as you work towards that goal.


Let us take a marathon as an example. If you are training for a marathon, then the end goal will become your focus – affecting everything else which you do. You will want to change your diet and your lifestyle as well as train more and more often as the big day approaches.

It is unlikely that your family members will be able to understand your single-mindedness, unless they plan to run the same marathon as well. If they do, then your life and theirs will become so much easier. Rather than having to prepare healthy, energy-full meals separately, you can devise meal plans together.

You will not suffer the temptation of your partner wanting to go out for a few drinks when you have sworn off alcohol. Most importantly, when you want to go for a run in the pouring rain and freezing cold, there will be someone close at hand who understands and is ready to go with you.


But of course, there will be times when a run in the pouring rain feels like the last thing on earth you could be prevailed upon to do, marathon or no marathon. But if there is a family member, someone in your household, who is training for that same goal, then the chances are they will be able to persuade you to stick to your training schedule. After all, going for a run in the rain, or at all, is far less painful with two people than with one.

When the going gets really tough, on those long runs in the final weeks before the marathon, you will have someone close at hand cheering you on in your efforts. And, of course, it is a two-way street and you will be able to offer them similar encouragement which in turn will fire you and make you remember exactly why you set out to achieve your goal.

There will be other times as well when you will be glad that you are training for a goal together. This might be as simple as sitting at the dinner table when you have a burning desire to talk about the best trainers to run in. It is those little but frequent moments when you really need someone close to you who understands your devotion to achieving your goal.

Ultimately, however much you want to achieve something, training for a goal is always more fun with more than one person.

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