Motivation to sustain a prolonged period of training must be multifactorial. It’s easy to sign up for your next race while riding the high of successfully completing your most recent event, but excitement should be tempered with realistic expectations of what it takes to realize measurable, long-term results.
Accountability to others, access to appropriate resources and the necessity of positive reinforcement cannot be understated. Intentionally curating an environment that is conducive to your ultimate goals is the foremost factor in actualizing success.
If you are planning on participating in one of the Pittsburgh Marathon events next May, I highly encourage you to research our training programs. It’s possible to go it alone, but it’s much better to do it with a team.