No Delaying This Time 🦾

Been flexing my fitness for 6 months; time to show off

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I am not good at signing up for races way ahead of time.

I used to be better with it. It’s not that I’m a procrastinator or lazy, it’s just that I wanted to keep my options open. In fairness, the bigger the race was (like Philly Half Marathon) the further out I needed to register... And I was probably ok with it. But as I got older, I became a bit more injury-prone, and signing up for races a long way out wasn’t in my best interest. Who wants to sign up for a season of races and risk getting injured and not being able to race any of them?

That was my logic at least… If “race A” wasn’t an option anymore, then certainly “race B” was!

Fast forward and now we HAVE to sign up early because races are restricted in size. You know the deal. So I did what I normally don’t do - I registered for the Good Day for A Run 5 miler this weekend back in January! Can you freakin’ believe it?

But before you call me a hypocrite for going against my own rules… Here’s why I was ok with signing up so early. For starters, I’m way healthier (knock on wood) than I’ve been in a long time. Secondly, I didn’t have to pay for this race. I know what you’re thinking - how the hell did I do that…

Here’s how: If you volunteer for a GDFAR race they’ll gift you two free race entries. Way back before the pandemic, Carly and I (and Lucy) volunteered for a race and we were each given 2 entries to races. Hell. to. the. yes.

Last week, I shared a post titled How to Taper for Your Peak Race. Did you read it? What did you take from it? Leave a comment and tell me!

Did you read Carly’s letter from last week? What else do you want to hear about?

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Friday’s Action Plan:

After your peak race, make sure you take time to fully recharge your batteries. That might mean significant time off/away from running before you feel whole and full again.

What’s Got My Attention:

Article: Big Dog's Backyard Ultra: The toughest, weirdest race you've never heard of 

Article: Earth Day 2021: athletes and brands that are making a difference - Canadian Running Magazine

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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.