Prioritizing Running

Getting back to work and creating time to still focus on what's important

Quarantine is about to be lifted for the Pelerin crew as I’m being asked to head back into the classroom.

Since March, the 4 of us have done our best to stay local, stay out of buildings, and away from potentially risky situations.

Now that I’m heading back to school, there will be a lot less time to run, be with my kids, and accomplish what I want/need to do.

2 years ago [gosh, how has it been two years already], I wrote some training tips on how I can/will “adjust” from life as a full-time dad/running coach to a full-time dad/teacher/running coach.

I’ll tell you what - adding in that full-time job (especially this year during a pandemic) is going to be a shock to my system.

Since March, I’ve upped my mileage from 40 miles a month in January and February, to averaging 100 miles a month since March. There’s just more time - even with online teaching - to get and stay active.

This experience and the pandemic has been a real learning experience for me as a runner and a coach. Here are a few things I’ve explored, learned, and hope to adapt after the pandemic is gone.

  • Races need to (and have done) a good job of adapting to the needs of runners. I applaud their efforts.

  • Training has been emphasized in favor of partial training and mediocre race performances

  • Discovering and fine-tuning our needs versus our wants.

  • Emphasizing the importance of experiences with friends over material possessions.

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Friday’s Action Plan:

Set a challenging goal (monthly miles, elevation gain, etc) and tag along with a friend to accomplish the new goal.

What’s Got My Attention:

Article: Generations pass and Wilma Rudolph’s 1960 Performance in Rome Continues to Inspire

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Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance run. -Rudyard Kipling

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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.