End of 2019

The end of one year (and decade) is only the start of another

It is so damn hard believing another year is wrapping up! Man, it feels like yesterday that I started training for a marathon. (At the point I started training and all the way through most of February, I didn’t have a race picked out).

Through it all, I had a really productive and challenging year and I owe a lot of it to those that I choose to surround myself with.

In last week’s blog post (I didn’t write a newsletter last week because my son was born early, early Thursday morning), I wrote my final blog post for 2019. In 2019 alone, I wrote 50 blog posts that I believe are written to help distance runners. I am hoping to replicate that in 2020, with one small change: I want to be way more efficient.

In 2019, I ran my first marathon. The training went so well - everything clicked and I thoroughly enjoyed every run. If and when I do another, I’ll be sure to pick a flatter course and I’ll get someone to do some of the training with.

One of the biggest things I am still learning (I’m somewhat stubborn when it comes to this) is how to not stress over things I can (or cannot control). I think the key is to have a plan, don’t mess around with stuff that doesn’t matter, and if it still doesn’t get done, then it’s ok!

Friday’s Action Plan:

Enjoy yourself. Take 15 minutes a day to do something that you truly love to do. It might be organizing, running, cleaning, coaching or something completely else.

Big Events Coming Up:

New Year’s Day Runs

What’s Got My Attention:

Article: Why Tinman Elite Thinks they are the Next Elite Running Team

Video: Boys Footlocker Finals Race

Video: Girls Footlocker Finals Race

Popular Articles on the Blog this Week:

Heel Striking vs Forefoot Landing

Strength training and base mileage

Running 1,200 miles in a year

Quote of the Day:

“If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.”

List of the Week:

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Thanks for following along on the journey! Have something you’d like to add? Have suggestions or comments? Email me: TrainwithMarc@gmail.com

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Marc is a middle school teacher and coach but also works with distance runners online. I help distance runners around the globe by providing support, writing customized training plans and designing workouts to help them reach their racing goals. I write for my blog every Wednesday morning and newsletter every Friday morning.