Growing My Mojo

I'm using races and a plan to keep me going throughout the year

This week, I decided to write about the contrasting training of my last 14 months. Over the first 10 weeks of 2019, I was in monster shape - training for a marathon helps with that!

But then, I really didn’t do much of anything. I didn’t have a plan and I wasn’t focused on any particular race. Long story short, I floundered the rest of the year.

In 2020, by design, I played the first 2 months low-key (Hello Finnley!) and now that we’ve figured out his sleep, Carly and I have turned our attention to spring weather and spring races.

I’m committed to running two races - a 5k and a 5 miler - and I’m convinced that these two races will keep me motivated and driven to keep up the running in the doldrums of February and the blustery month that is March.

You can read the full post here.

So here are my goals for the next 10 months of the year:

  1. Race 10 times.

  2. Keep mileage consistent - no horrible, non-planned off weeks.

  3. Run a variety of race distances (1 mile, 10k, 8k, and a trail race).

  4. Maintain strength training.


Friday’s Action Plan:

Big Events Coming Up:

US Olympic Trials, Feb 29th

What’s Got My Attention:

Article: At U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, competitors also include shoe companies

Video: 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials | Course Tour

Popular Articles on the Blog this Week:

The Anatomy of an Active Warmup Routine

Circuit Strength Routine and Speed Accelerations

Increasing Stride Rate

Quote of the Day:

"Be confident in the work you did to prepare for the race. Take a look back at your training logs to remind yourself that you've done everything possible to prepare." - Des Linden

List of the Week:

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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.