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Quick Tip: Keep the Long View in Mind aka Patience is a Virtue


Don’t take shortcuts, they take too long. ~Sonia Simone

Words to live by, to be true.

In the past few days, I’ve come across several conversations related to patience and delayed gratification.

And as runners, we tend to suck in this area.

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Keeping the Long View in Mind

First things first, when I mention the long view what am I getting at exactly? Read more

What

QT: Remember, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There


Where do you want to be with your running in five years?

What are you willing to change to help you get there?

Hmm

Consistency is Key

I talk about the importance of being consistent with your training a lot. And I 100% believe that if you train consistently over a long enough period of time, you will see some rather significant changes to your running.

There is a flip side to the consistency coin that, perhaps, I haven’t talked about enough in the past.

Sorry about that.

When it comes to consistency, regular training is important.

But a certain amount of variety within your consistency is necessary if you want to keep moving forward toward your larger goals.

What

Being Consistent Doesn’t Mean Doing the Same Thing All of the Time

To improve as a runner, you need to run regularly.

Hopefully that makes sense.

And when I say run regularly, I don’t mean a certain number of times per week. I mean running regularly week after week, month after month, and year after year.

But that doesn’t mean you should be doing the same workouts week after week, month after month, or year after year.

That’s where the variety comes into play.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Which brings me back to my original questions: where do you want to be as a runner in five years and what changes are you willing to make in order to be there?

Because here’s the thing, if you’re not willing to change anything in your training then five years from now you’ll be right where you are today and your goals will still be five years away.

Debbie Downer

Sorry, but it’s the truth.

What has gotten you to this point in your running career isn’t going to keep you moving forward in the pursuit of your goals.

It’s just not.

So here are four suggestions of things that you can do to spice up your training a bit and keep you moving forward.

Increase Volume or Intensity (or Both)

Our bodies are great at adapting to the demands that we place upon them.

If you want to continue to move towards you goals, you must continue to increase the demands you put on your body.

Add more miles, add some speed work, run some hills, and/or increase your pace targets during hard workouts to add a little extra stress to your workout and force you body to adapt accordingly.

Add Strength Training and the Little Things

One of the biggest disruptors to training consistently is suffering a running injury and winding up on the sidelines for weeks (or months) at a time.

Many runners believe that running injuries are simply inevitable, probably because so many runners do wind up injured each year.

Just because you’re a runner doesn’t mean you’re pre-destined to a serious of shin splints/plantar fasciitis/stress fracture/IT band injuries.

And while I wouldn’t make the claim that all of those injuries are 100% preventable, I would make the claim that running injuries can be prevented in most most cases.

How?

With regular strength training and consistently doing the little things to stay healthy that I talk about so often.

A Commitment to Cross Training

You know all of those things I just mentioned about strength training and the little things?

Most of them apply here as well.

Not only does cross training help with injury prevention, however, but it also helps build your cardiovascular fitness which can have rather obvious positive impacts on your running as well.

Work With a Coach

Can I be 100% honest for a minute?

Nothing I do as a coach is some deeply guarded trade secret.

And the same holds true for just about every running coach in the world.

Sure, we all have our little nuances but on the whole we aren’t going to tell you do anything dramatically different from what you’ll freely find available on my website or any of several hundred others around the inter webs.

So why would you consider spending your hard earned dollars on a coach?

Speaking for myself only, because I’m worth it. Why?

Having a coach means you no longer have to worry about what to do. You just have to do it.

And freeing up your bandwidth is one little change that can make a huge difference when all is said and done.

The Choice is Yours

Happy with where you are as a runner?

If so, that’s awesome! Keep on doing what you’re doing and keep enjoying the many benefits of running that you’re already experiencing.

But if you want more for yourself as a runner, you need to continue to push the boundaries (intellighetnely).

Because remember, what got you here won’t get you there, wherever there is for you…


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What are Your Long Term Running Goals & What Will You Change in Order to Achieve Them?

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November Project, Co-Founded by Brogan Graham

Brogan Graham Helped Spark a Movement That is Spreading World Wide


Today I’m going a few easy miles with November Project co-founder Brogan Graham.

Brogan Graham: No Comments Needed

Brogan Graham: No Comments Needed!

This chat was all over the place, starting off with a disclaimer about weed whackers and the pop of a La Croix can.

But we found our groove before too long, I promise!

Brogan Graham: Marathon Crasher

Brogan definitely grew up as an athlete.

He had the goal of becoming a professional basketball player in his younger days, but his senior year of high school he stopped playing basketball and started rowing competitively. That switch in sports earned him a scholarship to row collegiately at Northeastern, which was quite fortuitous.

While Brogan was in college, he worked part time for a moving company that does a lot of moving of barricades and bleachers and whatever else for the Boston Marathon. The moving company received a few bibs for folks that might be interested in running the race (without having to qualify), and Brogan got one of those bibs and ran his first marathon as the Boston Marathon.

Once he got to the starting area in Hopkinton, he realized that he basically crashed the party by running a race that he wasn’t “invited” to.

He has run Boston a couple of other times, by qualifying, so he has seen Boston from a couple of different perspectives.

November Project

The seeds of the November Project were planted when Brogan and Bojan made a bet with each other to find out whether they could work out each morning for a month outside no matter what the weather did.

Little did they know, that bet would propel a movement.

November Project, Co-Founded by Brogan Graham

Talking with Brogan, you can hear the passion for November Project in his voice. We talked a lot about some of the early days of the November Project, and how it provides something for everyone no matter their fitness level.

We also talked about how November Project helped with the healing process after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

Why Runners Should Consider Working Out with November Project

There is no question in my mind that cross training is beneficial to runners.

Look at any of the best runners in the world, whether they are running long distances or not, they do much more than just run.

Yet many of us recreational runners look at their weekly mileage figures and think that is what we need to emulate in order to reach our running goals.

Brogan points out, and I agree with him completely, that we will actually perform better (and probably have more fun) if we make sure to do some other training besides running.

'Athletes do well at marathons.' Wise words from @nov_project co-founder Brogan Graham. #runchat Click To Tweet

It All Comes Back to One Word: Community

In our fast paced world, we loose sight of the fact that we as people need to be around each other.

And that sense of community is something that is central to November Project.

It’s one thing to connect with people online/via social media, but there is nothing like a hug to instill that community.

That is what November Project really does, it brings people together and builds community.

And in this fast paced world in which we live, that is something that we need more of.

The November Project Book

The November Project Book


Talking with @ArgoBetts about @nov_project, crashing @bostonmarathon, and more! Click To Tweet

If you want to learn more about the November Project, check out the website and connect with November Project on Twitter and/or Instagram.

You can also buy the November Project book, if you’re so inclined!

To connect with Brogan, find him on Twitter and/or Instagram.

As Always, I’d Love to Know What Stood Out to You From this Episode! Let Me Know Your Takeaway in the Comments Below!

Want to Support the Continued Growth & Production of the Show?

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Join The Tribe!

There’s always room for more members of the tribe! Both the Facebook group and the email group provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. The Facebook group is still small, but it is a great way to connect with fellow runners and foster community amongst like minded individuals. The email group is THE way to stay up to date about future guests on the show, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available to anyone else. If you’ve got questions about either/both, just let me know!

The Start of the 2015 Carol Marsh Kids to Camp 5k

Are There Too Many Road Races?

While reading my issue of Running Times during one of my flights from the past couple of weeks, I came across an article that asked a rather provocative question: are there too many road races these days?

There’s no question that there are more runners in America now than there has ever been before, and because we are often looking for our next race it makes sense that more races will be made available.

The Start of the 2015 Carol Marsh Kids to Camp 5k

Could There Really Be Too Many Road Races?

But the question that the article asks is, and it makes sense if you stop to think about it, are more races being added than the running community can actually handle?

What Would Too Many Road Races Look Like?

I think the answer depends on where you live. Read more