Success Isn't Linear

Lessons from the ups and downs of distance running

Here it is, almost mid-April 2021…

I am Carly Pelerin, Marc’s wife and I’m taking over his newsletter today!

Today I’m writing to help hold myself accountable to my spring training, but also to help motivate you.

The last year has been tough on a lot of us, but for the last few months, I have been slowly building my mileage up. Currently, I’m running around 14-18 miles per week.

I’m looking forward to upping my mileage, cross training more, and continuing to add strength training to my weekly plan. I’m hoping to continue sharing my experiences with you in hopes that it keeps you going when you start to struggle, because we all struggle at some point!

For those that don’t know me, I have been a runner since my high school days. I ran in college, but had brief stretches in college and after where I wasn’t running regularly (hello semester abroad, postpartum, and the occasionally injuries). For the most part though, running has been a regular part of my daily routine for the last 25 years.

I’m so thankful for the habits and structure that running has given me. On most days, I don’t even have to question myself: “can I get exercise in today?”, instead, “when will I get exercise in today?”

This week’s breakdown:

Monday: 4 miles of hills with the BOB stroller (but I should also mention Marc was pushing the BOB for this run!)

Tuesday: 4 miles

Wednesday: 4 miles

Thursday: OFF

Friday: 2.5 miles

Saturday: 5 miles

Sunday: Yoga + Strength

Total mileage: 19.5!!  Definitely the most I have run in a week in the last two years!  (That sounds a bit crazy for me but between pregnancy, post-partum, injury, and the crazy quarantine life, I am going to choose to be proud of that 19.5 miles)  It was a bit of a cheat week too because Marc was on spring break so my schedule was A LOT more flexible!

In addition to my mileage is dynamic warm-up exercises.  I have learned that as I age and my body changes, I NEED to warm up properly.  It’s a hard reality but if I have 30 minutes to work out, I will have to make sure I properly warm up 5-10 minutes which means only 20 minutes of actual running.  Not perfect, but it beats getting an injury!  I change up my exercises most days but I try to include many single-sided exercises to get my core functioning properly before I hit the pavement.  This week’s warm-up included:

  • 60-seconds jump rope

  • Bird-dog (10 each side)

  • 60 seconds jump rope

  • Fire Hydrants with leg extension (10 each side)

  • 60 seconds jump rope

  • Front-side-back straight leg lifts  (10 each side)

If you have Amazon music, check out this playlist I put together to help your workout!

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Friday’s Action Plan:

Give yourself a break. Training is not linear and you shouldn’t expect it to be.

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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.