Reconnecting with Runners in the Community

What I'm doing to connect with runners in my community

After 76 emails to you with my weekly quips, I am only more certain about 1 thing: we all need to feel connected.

I’ve been thinking back to why I started a newsletter on top of a blog and originally I wanted to connect with everyone.

In a time when our stress levels are probably a smidge higher than they should be, I want to be a breath of fresh air. I want to help uplift your spirits and also give you some good running tidbits to read as you head into your weekly long run.

I got my monthly email from Stava and saw that 166 people gave me kudos and I only gave out 6. I’m so bad at jumping on and analyzing my own run that I don’t give props to anyone else either.

So over the next month, here’s what I want to do to help support other runners in the community:

  • Comment on 30 Run856 posts

  • Give kudos to 40 runs in Strava

  • Comment and like 50 posts on Instagram

  • Wave to every runner I pass while out running

Obviously, not everything happens online, but not a lot of people run when I do (at 6:30 am)… And with limited races on the calendar, I probably won’t be seeing too many runners!

This week has been the first week in 3 weeks I’ve felt like a runner again. I had taken a full week away from running to recover from a slight calf strain and the next two weeks after that were both slow and sluggish. This week, I finally have some pop and have felt good after runs. Just yesterday, I ran a really good fartlek run where I was cutting through the early morning fog. I felt badass!

Here are the last 3 days of the Running Challenge I had over on my Facebook group.

12: Fartlek run day. Fartlek is Swedish for “speed-play”. If you’re attempting a fartlek run, remember to warmup beforehand! Be sure to emphasize the fun and deemphasize splits, times, paces. I run fartleks one of two ways: 1) run, for example, 3 minutes quick, recover for a minute. There’s no set pace, time or effort level except for “quick”. I repeat until I feel I’m done. 2) run quick to the lamp post or sign or car, recover to the next one, repeat until I feel I’ve done enough work.

13: Run in a Halloween costume! 

14: Today, on the last day, I challenge you to run 10k. It doesn’t have to be fast, in fact, it’s sometimes nice to run by kilometers instead of miles.

Friday’s Action Plan:

Big Events Coming Up:

Marlton Turkey Trot

What’s Got My Attention:

Article: Molly Huddle Breaks Three American Track Records in One Run

Article: Here's why you feel faster when running in the dark

Popular Articles on the Blog this Week:

Tips All Runners Need to Increase Their Stride Rate

Create Advanced Workouts within Your Garmin Watch

3 Simple and Effective Running Workouts To Get Back Into Running Shape

Popular Newsletter Sessions:

Let’s Band Together

Time Away from Running Makes me a Better Runner

Quote of the Day:

Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.

List of the Week:

Connect with me:

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Here’s my blog

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

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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.