Distance running is a big mental game. By far that is the biggest lesson that I seem to learn and relearn throughout this experience. When I started training for this half marathon, I was determined to check each box that made up the training schedule Ivy designed for me. Through talking with Ivy, I have learned to give myself a break. If I miss a run I can slowly make it up over time. When it was still sweltering hot outside in the early stages of training, we talked about how it was okay to walk some. It was more about the time spent on my feet.

I am used to training and exercising in a way that is more intense for short bouts of time with longer rest breaks. The mentality behind distance running and endurance sports, in general, is an adjustment but I am learning that my training can be changed and adapted to me and my life. Because it changes does not mean that I have failed. I just need to keep hammering away at my program and progressing over time.

I have a 10-mile run this week that I am going to treat as a test run for race day. I will aim to start the run early, with the routine I intend to follow on November 20 (race day). I’m hoping to feel energized, prepared, and fast. If I don’t, I still have time to adjust for race day.

Dr. Kristen A Lattimore, PT, DPT, CSCS, CMTPT is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist. She has also had experience as an athlete and coach of the speed and jumping side of Track and Field. She is passionate about integrating her knowledge and experience with fast and powerful exercise into the practice of physical therapy. She also enjoys working with patients whose concerns and complaints have been overlooked and perpetually deferred to the next medical professional. 

Kristen continues to challenge herself with varied exercises including interval running, weight lifting, yoga, and Pilates. She is passionate about making her patients their best selves and adding power and intensity back into physical therapy. She can be reached at [email protected].