Time Trial

Making the Most of Cancelled Races

Back in February - when it was still cool to register for races - I signed up for two.

The first was Haddonfield Running Co’s Adrenaline 5k and the second was Good Day for a Run’s Heritage 5 miler.

My plan was to celebrate turning 36 by getting in shape and running a race the day before.


Well, that weekend is now approaching and as we all know, it’s happening without any races, events, yadda yadda…

But I’ve still been training - probably the most I’ve run (besides marathon training) when I was supposed to be in-season coaching. The break from school and from coaching has allowed me to ramp up my miles [let’s be serious, it’s still less than 30 miles per week].

And since I’m running and feeling good {is sleep-deprived feeling bad or a different feeling? It’s really hard to tell}. So, instead of lining up with a few hundred other folks and possibly winning a delicious bottle of red wine, I’ll be finding a course or loop somewhere without any traffic to run a hard effort - maybe a 10k or 8k, but possibly a 5 miler like the race would have been.

Friday’s Action Plan:

Get some running in - maybe even some speed work - and then in 10-14 days, try a time trial!

Big Events Coming Up:

Good Day for a Run/ Time Trial

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Video: Courtney Dauwalter | Ultra Running documentary film exploring Courtney’s source of will

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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.