A Marathon Training Program that Integrates Conditioning for the Body, Mind and Spirit.
Marathon Training is
and socially isolating.
There's room for improvement.
TO UNCOVER THE NEEDS OF THE LONG DISTANCER, I JOINED 'EM!
I JOGGED NEARLY 31 MILES IN 14 DAYS.
THEY RUN FOR BODY
Jeremy was preparing for a 50-mile Ultra Marathon.
He alternates between long runs with friends at a slower pace, and hard runs for stamina.
UNLIKE THE REST OF LIFE
THAT SEEMS TO ACCELERATE,
THE REWARD FROM RUNNING
CAN'T BE CONDENSED INTO
A QUICK 8-MINUTE WORKOUT.
THEY RUN FOR MIND
Linda reminded me that long distance running recognizes gender differences...
Keeping dry toilet paper on hand is necessary.
IF I DIDN'T HAVE RUNNING,
I'D GO BONKERS. IT CALMS ME KNOWING THAT ALL I HAVE TO DO FOR THE NEXT 11 HOURS... IS RUN.
I'M NOT AWARE OF ANYTHING,
RUNNING IS THE MOST FREEING, THE MOST HEALING ACTIVITY
I COULD IMAGINE DOING.
THEY RUN FOR SOUL
For Matthew, running settles his spirit.
More than a race, more than an exercise, more than just escape, running provides him solace.
CAN DESIGN IMPROVE THE
Animating the user experience captures painpoints with more freedom and honesty. "Cathy" showed me where design intervention would be valuable.
TRAIN THE BRAIN
The human brain is wired to find any threat to life, even when it doesn't exist.
Studies show Gratitude and Mindfulness retrain the brain to seek Opportunity.
"The trail is too steep and the distance too far...I don't think I can finish the race!"
"I've run pretty steep trails, and really long distances...I think I can do this!"
THE HARD PART ISN'T GETTING
TO THE FINISH LINE,
IT'S REACHING THE STARTING LINE
THAT IS THE TRUE CHALLENGE.
If getting to the starting line is the HARD part, how might design encourage, and celebrate that achievement?!
Maybe the trophy is a keepsake, holding secrets of each day?
What if the trophy could transform, just as the body does during training?
ON YOUR MARKS...
A sliding pocket holds 120 daily training pages.
A Congratulatory gold-leaf sheet separates each month of the program.
ONE DAY AT A TIME
Learn insider tricks and get inspired with weekly themes as you build your strength and stamina.
Miles to Run
(00 = Rest Day)
TRAIN THE BRAIN
Daily reflections about positive moments, expressing gratitude, and complimenting others empowers the mind see opportunity instead of threat.
Folding pages protects the privacy of the journal entries, while collecting the pages helps mark the passage of time.
ON RACING DAY. . .
Completing the program creates a discrete trophy for the humble runner to mark their achievement.
AND FOREVER AFTER
A time capsule to commemorate the effort, moments and people who helped along the way.