The Non-Runners Guide to Running the New York Marathon – Week 1

What are you planning to do in 2018? Are you planning something huge? Something you’ve never done before, something that scares you more than anything you have ever done before?

I am.

I’m locked in to run the New York Marathon on Sunday November 4 and to me that’s huge.


Quite simply, apart from some cross-country running at high-school, and the obligatory laps of the oval at footy training, I would class myself as a non-runner. More of a walker really. That’s what I am.

My wife challenged ourselves to get this done and to tick it off the list and that’s what we have started the process of preparing for. Training has started. Currently at the time of writing we are 46 weeks out from the start of the marathon. We have plenty of time to get ready as long as we have effective use of time.

Week 1 of Training.

Coach Curl - New York MarathonI have set a series of goals to achieve prior to the end of January. At the end of January, I want to be able to run 5 kilometres non-stop. So starting from scratch, these series of goals are designed to help my body adjust to the running and the commencement of conditioning and fitness journey.

The last thing i want to do is stand on the starting line of the new york marathon and wonder how the hell i’m going to do this.


I have a number of apps on my phone that will keep clarity on the goal. Firstly, I have an image of the finishing line as my lock phone image. I am also using Strava to plot my journey and Way of Life to support my good habits designed to hit the spot.


After doing a 5km “brisk” walk with Sharon Curl, I decided to finish with a 2km run. Note to self, choose your music wisely. The first stong blaring out as I started to run was “Grinding Halt” by the Cure.


Take things slow. It doesn’t matter how well you feel, stay to the grind. Stay slow and look after your feet.

I look forward to keeping you updated during my journey. Don’t wish me luck, it will happen.   Tweet This!

The mindset that pushes you to finish 2km non-stop in the first week of training, builds the foundation for the mindset that completes 42 km 11months later   Tweet This!


Grateful use of image from Smart Destinations

Personal Author Pic also used.



Tony Curl
Tony Curl
Tony has been a successful corporate leader for 30 years. He now works alongside leaders around the world, and at home in Australia, to maintain clarity on their vision and purpose, and helps map their way around their roadblocks and obstacles. Tony helps people take the steps in their lives to become an influential leader. The leaders Tony helps aspire to greatness, so if you are aspiring to greatness take steps today. Unless you take action on your goals, they remain a dream. Tony is a published writer and his work is featured at his own Coach "Curl" blog as well as other sites around the globe. Tony is the owner and founder of Think and Grow Business and coaches and trains effective leadership skills and capabilities and develops better leaders, who then build better and stronger business. His passion lies in helping people discover their greatness by raising their leadership ability. Yes, everyone can be a leader and everyone should see themselves as a leader. Be the inspiration for someone today and let your journey inspire you. He has a growing following on his Social Media channels and has been published on a variety of sites around the globe. His words get quoted and shared daily by that growing tribe. He shares under the hashtags #dailyfuel #breaktheshackles. He recently released his first book "Seriously Simple Stuff to Get You Unstuck". Available at


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