By: Amy Begley, Coach- Atlanta Track Club
It sounds so simple: be consistent in your training and you will see results. While attaining fitness goals can take time, you just need to hang in there!
Tim Farley and Jessica Weiss are proof that consistency pays off. The newlyweds are familiar faces at Atlanta Track Club’s training programs. Jessica started off in our program that helps prepare women for a 5K. She had a lot of fun and wanted to keep training with a group – and ended up bringing Tim along for the ride.
Tim had run the AJC Peachtree Road Race 20 years before and wanted to give it another shot, so the couple signed up for the official training program of the Peachtree together. Once they started, both of them were all-in. Not only did they attend every single Saturday long run, but they showed up at all of the mid-week workouts as well. Jessica says having the accountability of meeting other people helps them both stay on track, and they both enjoy the structure and camaraderie of a formal training program.
Jessica ended up not only completing the world’s largest 10K, but went on to finish her first half marathon and eventually become a run lead for this year’s women’s 5K training program. Tim is running much faster than he was 20 years ago when he first ran the Peachtree. Now the pair is training for two spring half marathons.
Whether it’s running with a group or writing out your workouts for the week ahead of time, finding a way to be consistent in your training is the key to success. And if your spouse supports your goals, you will be even more likely to succeed!
Amy Begley is the head coach of Atlanta Track Club, the second largest running organization in the United States. She competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 10,000M and placed sixth in the 2009 IAAF World Championships in the same distance with a personal best 31:13, making her the eighth-fastest American woman in history. Her 5,000M personal best is 14:56. Begley finished her professional career with six national titles.