Session 7: Racing for a personal best IS everything

Hello everyone!

This week, on the TrainwithMarc blog, I wrote about what I think it takes to set a personal record. I came up with a list that was close to 20 deep, but narrowed it down to the top 15 things I think we should be aiming to do weekly so that we’re ready to set a PR when race day rolls around.

When I’m heading into a race, I have a game plan that I’m looking to execute. For many years, it usually involved tucking in behind the leaders, biding my time, and competing for the win. I had to be fit enough, confident enough, and have luck (really skill) on my side for it to play out the way I wanted it to. Often enough, it did.

I attribute many of my shining (running) moments to being as prepared as possible. To leaving no stone unaccounted for. I did everything I knew how to do to put myself in race-day situations that would result in a positive experience.

I want that for you.

In the blog post this week, I focus on the small doable actions that ANYONE can do to make steps toward setting a PR.

Let’s look at some of those right now. I’m telling you, you CAN make these changes and you CAN run faster as a result.

  1. Get sleep

  2. Get good running shoes

  3. Build a good base (easy running)

  4. Add/improve upon your running workouts

  5. Be consistent

  6. Emphasize the long run

It’s really as easy as this. Get your sleep, have shoes that fit YOUR needs (a store like the Haddonfield Running Company can help you!), and then be consistent with your running while adding faster running.

Boom. You can thank me when you set your next PR!

Big Events this Weekend:

Speed Sessions —>

Cherry Hill/Marlton:

June 30th 8:00-9:30 AM - Cherokee HS- Running Technique
July 3rd - PM 6:30-8:00 PM - Cherry Hill East HS - Acceleration
July 6th - AM 8:00-9:30 AM - Cherokee HS - Plyometrics
July 19th - PM 6:30-8:00 PM - Cherry Hill East HS - Force
July 21st - AM 8:00-9:30 AM - Cherokee HS - Agility
July 25th - PM 6:30-8:00 PM - Cherry Hill East HS- Power

Track Academy: 2 weeks of small group instruction for 3rd through 8th grade track and field athletes in the Cinnaminson area.

What’s Got My Attention:

‘Gram: Kara Goucher’s tribute to Gabe Grunewald

Article: Track Star Gabriele Grunewald Couldn’t Win This Race

Quote of the Day:

“Adversity is the foundation for success.” - Gary Vaynerchuk

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