Toe the Imaginary Line

Know who you are and know it's enough.

I’m getting after it this weekend and I hope you do too.

What am I doing, you ask? My old roommate Chris offered to pace me to run a sub-5 mile and I’ve taken him up on the offer.

This Sunday morning, I’ll be toeing an imaginary (maybe real, who knows) starting line for my 3rd attempt at a sub-5 mile. On flatter ground, I’ve run 5:19 and 5:10 and this time, with a little help from some friends and some elevation loss, I’m hoping that I can knock this off my list of accomplishments for the year.

While I’m surely focusing my attention toward a fast mile, I also ran a 5k last weekend - one to support Villanova’s efforts to the Student Emergency Fund to benefit students facing financial hardship during COVID and/or the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

While that didn’t go quite to plan, I’m still super positive. I’m healthy, happy, and excited about this weekend.

This week I wrote about running form, specifically, how to improve your head position relative to your body and your arm swing. Head to the link and give it a read. If you’re interested in working on your own form, let me know! Here are the details about what I offer.

Friday’s Action Plan:

Run toward a camera and video your form. See if your arms swing back and forth (versus crossing your midsection). If they do, try running with your thumbs up.

Big Events Coming Up:

Happy Father’s Day to all the poppas, papas, dads, and dadas out there!

What’s Got My Attention:

Video: The 4-Minute Mindset

Article: Is it safe to run in groups again?

Podcast: Running While Black in New York

Popular Articles on the Blog this Week:

How to Master Hill Running

How to Run Safely in 6 Easy Ways

Tempo Runs for Beginners

Popular Newsletter Sessions:

1% Better

No-Equipment Workouts

Quote of the Day:

Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. -Robert Kiyosaki

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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.