The Best Version of Yourself

Use experience and wisdom to better today's version of yourself

Would you change anything about where you’ve been or what you’ve done in the past if you attain information about the future?

I really don’t think I’d change much - maybe attend fewer parties in college in favor of studying or sleeping. Maybe knowing that I’d be coaching I’d have started sooner. But really, I’m in a good place and I hope that you are too.

This week, on my blog, I talked about 9 things I would tell my younger self about running. I’m sure you’ll agree, that we could have done a few things differently and might have seen different results, but honestly, what’s done is done!

Instead of dwelling on the past, let’s use the topics I wrote about to bring us closer to our better selves.

  1. Pacing ourselves - instead of trying to do everything, all at once, try implementing small changes into your routine. Wake up 5 minutes earlier to meditate. Get in a morning run once a week. Small little changes add up to big results.

  2. Know the course - chasing your goals requires that you know where to go. Figure out what it takes to reach your goals (maybe it’s a coach) and map out a plan to get you to your “finish line”.

  3. Socialize - life is so much better when you get to spend it with those that make you happier. I’m fortunate that I have surrounded myself with positive, supportive people.

  4. Expect the unexpected - not everything is going to go as planned. Sometimes when we get into a groove, we get thrown off by something minor. Take it in strides, but also, be prepared by thinking about different scenarios that could come up.

Friday’s Action Plan:

Reflect on what your goals are. Think back to your younger days - what if anything have you learned about yourself or others that can change your outlook on your current situation.

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Big Events Coming Up:

Marine Corps Marathon, October 27th

SJAC 5k trail race, Pennypacker XC Course, Haddonfield, NJ, October 26th

What’s Got My Attention:

Article: Lasers, rabbits and new Nikes: How the 2-hour marathon barrier was broken

Video: How Eliud Kipchoge Broke the 2 Hour Barrier

Podcast: Why the Godfather of Barefoot Running Trains with a Donkey

Quote of the Day:

“There are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.”

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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.