QT: A Consistent Training Schedule May Be Boring, but It’s Effective AF!

Every Monday morning, I sit down at the computer and update the training plans of all of my coaching clients.

For whatever reason, this week it really struck how repetitive most of the plans end up being.

While I pride myself on creating unique plans for each client, once a client finds the routine that works for him or her things start to look pretty much the same week in and week out.

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QT: How to Be Successful in 2017 with Your Running (and Other) Goals

We all have our own personal running goals, right?

Whether you’ve recently set some goals for the new year or you have some longer term goals that you’re working toward, it’s a good thing (in my opinion at least) to have goals.

What is your track record like when it comes to achieving your goals?

Must. Do. Better.

Must. Do. Better.

If you’re like me and you miss more goals than you hit, hopefully these suggestions will help you.

Tips for Improving Your Odds of Success in 2017

Having some goals in mind for your running (or anything else in life) is great. In fact, simply having goals is more than most people do.

If you want to be successful this year, thinking about your goals not enough.

In order to dramatically increase your chances of being successful with your running goals in 2017, I’d challenge you do do the following 3 things:

Write Your Goals Down

There’s something about putting your goals on paper that just makes them seem real.

And that makes you feel as though you are truly committed to doing them.

Whatever your running goals are for this year, if you’re serious about being successful you need to write them down.

Share Your Goals With Others

Writing you goals down is good. Sharing your goals publicly is even better.

Tell your spouse what your goals for the year are. Tell your running friends.

Shoot, leave a comment and tell me!

Putting your goals out there to the world, or at least a few people, gives you an external sense of pressure to achieve your goals.

And if you hate letting others down, that can be incredibly powerful.

Be Accountable With Someone/A Group (Weekly)

This quote Joe Pesci in Home Alone, this tip is the silver tuna.

If you really want to be successful with your running goals in 2017, you need to not only write your goals down and share them with a friend, but you need to be checking in and sharing updates as you go.

When you are sharing your progress (or lack thereof) with others, it’s easy to see if you’re staying on track or if you’re dropping the ball. And if you are dropping the ball, the earlier you recognize that the easier it is to pick it up and get back on track.

Take Consistent Action

While the previous steps are important, they pale in comparison of simply taking action.

If you want to achieve something today/this week/this month/this year/this decade, you have to do something.

You have to do something day after day after day after day.

Consistency is the most important factor in achieving your running goals, in my opinion. Sure there are lots of other factors, but if you show up and run on a regular basis you’ll keep making progress toward your goals.

And for the record, 99.999% of the time, imperfect action beats no action.

So if your coach says you need to do a 5 mile tempo run tomorrow, but for whatever reason you only have time for 3 easy miles, do 3 easy miles!

Don’t skip the workout completely because you couldn’t complete it to the letter!

Take imperfect action.

Do Something

Unless, of course your goals aren’t important to you…

My 2017 Running Related Goals

In an attempt to practice what I’m preaching, I have written down my goals and am sharing them with you here.

And I’m up for an accountability partner or two if you’re interested…

My goals for this year are pretty straight forward:

  • Run my first ultra
  • New 26.2 PR
  • 1-2 hrs (average) of cross-training per week
  • Speak at 3-5 races
  • 25+ PRs for my coaching clients

What About You?

I’ve shown you mine, time to show me yours!

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Leave a Comment Below with Your 2017 Goals, If You Really Want to Be Successful That Is…

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QT: Looking Ahead to the New Year, What Are Your Goals for 2017?

I’ve never been shy in professing my love for big goals, and especially New Year’s Resolutions.

And as the clock continues to tick down and the start of the new year approaches, the topic of New Year’s Resolutions will be everywhere. This year, however, I won’t be making any New Year’s Resolutions.

Allow me to explain…

New Year, New Rules

At the behest of many people I look up to in the business/entrepreneurial world, I recently read the book 12 Week Year.
Great Book for the New Year


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We Need to Celebrate More!

Why Don’t We Celebrate Our Own Accomplishments?

“We don’t celebrate what we did, we punish ourselves for what we didn’t do.”

~Christina Castro


That one cuts deep.

I am definitely guilty of beating myself up over the littlest of imperfections, even in the face of real success.

It sucks, but I do it far too often

The Struggle with Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome

The ladies from the Ultra Ordinary Running podcast did an episode recently talking about Imposter Syndrome.

Impostor syndrome, in case you’re unfamiliar with that term, is basically the feelings of inadequacy even though the feelings may be completely unjustified.

Impostor syndrome manifests just about everywhere, from academia to business and just about everything in between. And in this case, in between definitely includes running.

And it’s something that I struggle with on an almost daily basis. Read more

The Key to Becoming a Successful Runner (with Video)

What does it take to be a successful runner?

First and foremost, you should probably define what a successful runner means to you.

  • It could be running a certain distance.
  • It could mean surpassing a certain time goal in a particular event.
  • It could mean staying injury free for years on end.

Honestly, there is no limit to possible the possible definitions of a successful runner but one thing is certain: there are no shortcuts to success.

If you want to be successful, in running or in anything else in life, I’m sharing “the secret” that separates the success stories from the wannabes in today’s video.

You’re welcome.