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Motivate Me To Run

26
Jan 2020

On The Run With Chris: My Inspiration, Becoming a Pacer, and a Special Running Stroller

This week we are excited to talk to someone that has special meaning to Alex (me). If you recall, I started my fitness and weight loss journey with a major change in my diet and the addition of running just over five years ago. Today our guest was one of those people that were so instrumental to my journey - being someone that was willing to give support, an encouraging word, and help answer my questions from the very start. And I wanted to thank him on our show and hear more about his own running journey.

There is so much in our running that teaches us and instructs us in life. I share how my past week reminded me so much of a bad training run. I pushed through, grew through the struggle, and am wiser because of it. If you've had a bad training run (who hasn't) you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

We continue our new interview format with "On The Run With..." where we sit back and take some time with each person we talk to, as if we were just out for a fun run with them.  These episodes are a little longer depending on how much time our guest is willing to share with us.  Some podcasts only feature what the rest of the world calls "experts".  Our podcast, will at times feature those same individuals, but we want to feature an "expert" in a different light.  Each runner we encounter is an expert in their own light.

Here are just a few of the great things you'll get out of Chris' interview!

  • Chris shares his own start to his running and the person that inspired him to start running. Here's what's cool - many of us have that same type of person in our life. My question to you is how can you be that person for someone else? 
  • Chris shares about all the types of races he has run - from marathons, to triathlons (can you say Ironman?!), and 50Ks.
  • We hear about what we all experience - when you start running you won't have it all figured out. We talk about all the different resources we have as runners. And don't forget having one another in person as well!
  • Chris has done a lot helping new runners at his workplace. He shares some of the programs.
  • You won't want to miss out on his Facebook group Run 2B Strong. He shares that part of his motivation in starting this group is building a strong mind as running requires mental toughness. Come find out how to be a more mentally (and physically) stronger runner.
  • Alex shares the David Goggins book, Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, where he shares how he mentally ran a 100-mile race on only three miles of training in six months (not recommended) as he prepared for a charitable race. We shared this book not to encourage you to do the same but to show how the mind really can limit what we are capable of (again, mental toughness).
  • Chris shares about a 50-mile race that he attempted and DNFed (Did Not Finish). He shares many of his lessons learned. Hint: time on your feet is important for training.
  • Chris shares how he became a pacer and why he did so.
  • Chris shares a very special situation where he gets to run with his daughter. She is autistic and non-verbal. What's great is she loves the thrill of moving and especially when she gets to run with daddy. Chris recently purchased a special-needs stroller and has been able to enjoy a number of races with her (their first Mount Nebo half marathon - pictured). You will really want to hear about how that race went! Don't miss Chris' Facebook group Running With Lily where he shares pictures of their latest races and more!
  • And much, much more!

 Next, we are so excited for our new website - motivatemetorun.com!  This site will allow us to post additional information that we want to share (like our Run With Us page where we share our future races hoping we can meet you there) and give us a bit better place to reach out to you.  We would love to have you come over and click on Don't Miss an Episode (or just click here) where you can start being notified each time we drop and episode and additionally get that extra information from us (like race coupon codes and more!) to give you that extra bit of motivation.

Finally, we check in with Chris on our final three questions that we ask each of our guests on our show:

  • What has been your favorite race?
  • What is your favorite running tip?
  • What and when is your next race?

We really encourage you to check out our sponsor, Audible.  Even though January isn't yet over, I'm listening to my fourth audiobook (love them on my runs and my commute) and my third running audiobook at that!  Find out how you can get one book for free (with two Amazon Originals) just by signing up for their free trial.  Plus, if you sign up now, you still have enough time to complete their Audible Challenge 2020 (or new members and current subscribers alike) where just for listening to three books of three hours or longer you can receive a $20 Amazon gift card.  I just received notice that I have earned mine! 😆

Thank you again for joining us "on the run" and loving every moment of this episode!  Thank you so much to Chris for taking his own time to share with us as well! If you are interested in coming on our show, please write us at alex@motivatemetorun.com or come to our Contact Us page and let us know!

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, get updates at our Motivate Me To Run page on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Finally - if you have appreciated this or any of our episodes, we would love to have you stop by iTunes and leave your all-favorable review!  This will give us even more access to big name guests, sponsors with amazing giveaways, and more!  Leaving a review will get us that much closer towards those goals!  I’ll thank you in advance!

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex (RRCA certified running coach) and Audrey

P.S. Please note that some of the links above may be affiliate links with the hope that by using them you might support this podcast.  Thank you in advance!

20
Jan 2020

On The Run With Cassie: How She Struggled Through Her Last 10K

We had a fun time recording our first interview this week!  Sure, we had a technical issue (Alex's mic was off) but we made the most of it.  Isn't that what you do when you have a run or race that doesn't go your way?  You get over it, you keep pushing on, and finish, no matter what it takes (excepting injury - but thankfully I wasn't injured 🤣).

Our new interview format is "On The Run With..." where we sit back and take some time with each person we talk to, as if we were just out for a fun run with them.  These episodes are a little longer depending on how much time our guest is willing to share with us.  Some podcasts only feature what the rest of the world calls "experts".  Our podcast, will at times feature those same individuals, but we want to feature an "expert" in a different light.  Each runner we encounter is an expert in their own light.  For example, Cassie shares with us some incredible motivational tips for all of us through her experiences and struggles she has had through her years of running.

We start off with me thanking Audrey for her encouragement this week.  I (Alex) am usually bound up in my home and stuck on my treadmill throughout the winter as my fear of slipping and injuring myself outweighed my love of being outside.  If that describes you, then no worries as I know the struggle is real!  But for a few different reasons, I wanted to change it up this year and set the goal to run outside no matter the temperature - as long as the roads were dry.  Feel free to leave a comment on our site telling me I'm a wimp; I'm ok with that. 😁  But this week with two snowstorms, Audrey encouraged me to come along and enjoy the snow - and I did.  It was such a blast to get out and the conditions were perfect!  She really helped motivate me to step a bit outside of my comfort zone.  I did and I loved it!

Next, we are so excited for our new website - motivatemetorun.com!  This site will allow us to post additional information that we want to share (like our Run With Us page where we share our future races hoping we can meet you there) and give us a bit better place to reach out to you.  We would love to have you come over and click on Don't Miss an Episode (or just click here) where you can start being notified each time we drop and episode and additionally get that extra information from us (like race coupon codes and more!) to give you that extra bit of motivation.

I won't break down the whole interview with Cassie here, but we really encourage you to listen in on the discussion! 

  • She shares so much about how she struggles with her hypothyroidism (low thyroid) as it makes everything she does physically so much more difficult - not to mention how much more difficult losing weight is for her. 
  • She digs into how other health issues prevents her from training like she wants
  • We work through the differing personalities of runners and showing how runners who don't always "check each and every box in their training plan" (she asks, "What checkboxes?!" 😉) can have just as much fun as their Type A friends.
  • Although she may struggle with her training she shares how she still makes racing (the 10K is one of her favorite distances) a part of her life
  • She shares a tip on what keeps her going.  For just a hint, she mentions that it's something I've shared on this podcast before.
  • Cassie shares that she has a complicated relationship with running.  But that conflicted motivation keeps her going and she doesn't give up. Ever.
  • We break down Cassie's approach in races, especially when her training has been less than what she expects would be sufficient for a race.  Huge note here, for these races although she doesn't feel like she should be on the starting line, she is, still has a blast, and enjoys the experience!
  • Cassie really gets into the idea on the differing types of people you'll find at your next race.  Getting to the starting line can be difficult with us sometimes thinking that "we don't fit in".  But we all do - all of us are there with the goals of enjoying that race and making the most of it, no matter our specific goals.  And yes, walkers, run/walkers, even to the speediest all can run on the same course and have fun at the same time!
  • Cassie shares that speed walking is something she is really excited to try.  She speed walks faster than some people run and can definitely distance herself when she speed walks her with husband.
  • Hear her huge announcement on the Dopey Challenge (a race held each year at Walt Disney World Resort where you run a 5K on Thursday, a 10K on Friday, a half marathon on Saturday, and marathon on Sunday) and her current thoughts on how she would break it down and work for her.
  • What does she listen to when running?  And why?
  • And much, much more!

Finally, we check in with her on our final three questions that we'll ask to each of our guests on our show:

  • What has been your favorite race?
  • What is your favorite running tip?
  • What and when is your next race?

We really encourage you to check out our sponsor, Audible.  Even though January isn't yet over, I'm listening to my fourth audiobook (love them on my runs and my commute) and my third running audiobook at that!  Find out how you can get one book for free (with two Amazon Originals) just by signing up for their free trial.  Plus, if you sign up now, you still have enough time to complete their Audible Challenge 2020 (or new members and current subscribers alike) where just for listening to three books of three hours or longer you can receive a $20 Amazon gift card.  You know I'm going to get mine! 😆

Thank you again for joining us "on the run" and loving every moment of this episode!  If you've read this far or have already heard the episode, you'll find out soon that Cassie is my lovely wife and Audrey's most awesome mom!  Thank you so much to her for taking her time to share with us!  If you are interested in coming on our show, please write us at alex@motivatemetorun.com or come to our Contact Us page and let us know!

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, get updates at our Motivate Me To Run page on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Finally - if you have appreciated this or any of our episodes, we would love to have you stop by iTunes and leave your all-favorable review!  This will give us even more access to big name guests, sponsors with amazing giveaways, and more!  Leaving a review will get us that much closer towards those goals!  I’ll thank you in advance!

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex (RRCA certified running coach) and Audrey

P.S. Please note that some of the links above may be affiliate links with the hope that by using them you might support this podcast.  Thank you in advance!

12
Jan 2020

Sharing Our Favorite Running (And Other) Related Books From 2019

We had a lot of fun sharing our favorite running (and other) related book we read in 2019.  Note, these are just a sampling of the books but some of our favorites.  You'll want to listen in on the details and what we loved about them.  If you see my running pic and wonder why it's the episode photo, it's because I'm wearing my Aftershokz headphones as I read the rest of my next book; I would share which one I was listening to, but since this pic is from 2020 you'll have to wait until next year to get that list. :)

I'm not sure if you can tell, but reading is a huge deal in our home.  We had to cut out so many books shared in this episode and even shared below.  If you want a more full list, I encourage you to contact me and I can fill you in on more either from myself or Audrey.

Before I share that full list, you'll want to check out our sponsor, Audible, where you can get a trial membership for 30 days and then jump into the Audible Challenge 2020 (for new and current members) where if you read (listen to) 3 books of 3 hours or more by March 3rd (get it - 3/3 by 3/3?!) you can get a free $20 Amazon gift card!  I'm already halfway there and my books are much longer than 3 hours. :)  I love listening to audiobooks and find that Audible gives me immediate access to the books I want to listen to.  When I'm done with my "book from the month" I just jump back over and listen to podcasts the rest of the month.  Funny thing is I never run out of things to listen to.

In the meantime, here's just a short sample of some of the books you heard about in our episode:

Anyone else listen to audiobooks when you run? Any favorites I should read? Have you read any of these?
Running Related:
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
Although not exactly a running book (he is an ultra runner and discussed experiences at multiple races including the 135-mile Badwater through Death Valley) this is hugely life changing (including your training). Please note the explicit language you might expect from a Navy Seal.
 
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
A MUST! I'm not sure if a book has emotionally affected me as much as this. After finishing, it took me a while to recover to talk without breaking into tears. Seriously.
 
Although I already had this mindset going into the book (I just need to more consistently apply it) this was a nice expansion to my understanding of Train Slow Race Fast! Highly encouraged to read it!
 
A MUST if you ever plan to run the New York City Marathon!
 
Full of anecdotal stories by one aspiring ultra runner. I wasn't in love with this book but a good introduction into races in Europe that I might have not otherwise heard.
 
I had no idea that Rob's podcast was by the same author but loved his stories and recaps of some amazing races. Also love hearing from runners "like the rest of us" instead of the elite runners we hear about in books every day.
 
After a heart-wrenching start to his ultra running career, this guy knows how to suffer. The book is motivating and entertaining throughout his descriptions of how he transformed into the runner he is today.
 
Great followup to his first book. Enjoyed hearing so many details on a race that intrigues me on so many different levels.
 
Not originally a trail runner, she held the FKT on the Appalachian Trail. Her stories of the trail and her experiences make it a fun listen.
 
North by Scott Jurek and Jenny Jurek
Have been a Scott Jurek fan for years so had to listen to this book. Enjoyed the experiences added by his wife, Jenny, possibly more so. Great listen!
 
Two Hours by Ed Caesar
A must-read for those that have read dozens of running books but nothing to write home about. I would put most of the other books in front of this one but still a worthy read.
 
Not Running Related:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
It's been years since I last heard this book. I think I caught more subtleties on the characters and their interactions as a more experienced adult.
 
The Learning Brain by The Great Courses
Truly educational and eye opening! Enjoyed the tips throughout on how to increase my own learning and memory potential.
 
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Not the book I was expecting. Asked to read by my daughter, this gripping novel surprised me by its message and relevance for everyone to listen to today.
 
1984 by George Orwell
Another book as requested by my daughter. This book was so gripping I had to find chores around the house for a weekend to finish it. I could not walk away from this one!
 
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Another requested by my daughter. I found this one intriguing and listened through all three lands (most just read Inferno). Reading cliff notes after each chapter helped solidify what I heard.
 
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
As I prepared to introduce Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (amazing movie - check it out!) I realized I had never really read Hamlet. There are so many cultural references that I didn't realize came from this book. The stage presentation was enjoyable and made it easier to listen to. And yes, the movie made even more sense after reading this as well! :)
 
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Yes another recommended by my daughter - can you tell she's well read? Her writing reflects it! I expected this to be a "dated" book but loved the narrative, the story, and found myself a bit emotional at parts.
 
The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
I have to admit I only got through about 15 hours of this book. Spurred to read this by my daughter (read along as she read it for class) I plowed through the book, watching YouTube videos for context. Although a classic, I gave up towards the end as she finished the book way faster than me. :)
 
Likely not for everyone, but a gem! I can see this being helpful for your life no matter your vocation as it can literally apply to all!

I invite you to send any book recommendations to me so I can add them to my list for 2020. Make sure to email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com!

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, get updates at our Motivate Me To Run page on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Finally - if you have appreciated this or any of our episodes, we would love to have you stop by iTunes and leave your all-favorable review!  This will give us even more access to big name guests, sponsors with amazing giveaways, and more!  Leaving a review will get us that much closer towards those goals!  I’ll thank you in advance!

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex (RRCA certified running coach) and Audrey

P.S. Please note that many of the links above are affiliate links with the hope that by using them you might support this podcast.  Thank you in advance!

5
Jan 2020

Introducing My New Co-Host and Her Favorite Running Tip

 

I can't believe it's been so long since our last episode but want to thank each of you that have contacted me asking how I have been doing and where I was at.  In sum, I was injured soon after my last recorded podcast and found it difficult to keep up with all the cross training, life, and more and after a full year consisting of recovery and even more races I am back and ready to keep sharing and encouraging you in your own running journey.

But I have a special treat - I now have a co-host that I'm excited to introduce.  Audrey, my lovely daughter, has been running for a number of years and has run a number of half marathons, placed as 10th woman in her most recent trail half marathon, and has just completed her first marathon - all before getting her drivers license. :)  I really loved this episode as some of her most recent experiences have been so encouraging and motivating to me and I hope they are the same for you.

Plus Audrey shares one of her favorite tips that can really help you with your next race.  I don't want to spoil the surprise, but it touches on how you approach your race and making sure you mentally approach it in such a way that you'll be even more successful the next time you toe the starting line.

I invite you to send your own questions in that you might want address in a future episode. Make sure to email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com and you just might find your question - and my answer - available for everyone to hear! I encourage you to follow much of Linda's format as she provided a lot of information in just a short email as that helps provide more context and makes it easier to me respond to your direct needs!

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, get updates at our Motivate Me To Run page on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Finally - if you have appreciated this or any of our episodes, we would love to have you stop by iTunes and leave your all-favorable review!  This will give us even more access to big name guests, sponsors with amazing giveaways, and more!  Leaving a review will get us that much closer towards those goals!  I’ll thank you in advance!

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex (RRCA certified running coach) and Audrey

10
Mar 2019

Ask Coach: Questions From A New Runner

 

This past week I received an email from Linda. She's a new runner (just started running in November) and has already run her first 5K. She is doing so many things right and is excited about her training for her next race. With that, she had some questions as she continues in her training and in setting her next set of goals. I invite you to listen in as I work through her questions and provide feedback as she continues pushing ahead.

Whether you're taking your first step or searching after your next race, there's likely some tips you can glean from this conversation. Here's just a quick sampling of questions addressed in this episode:

  • What's the best way to progress to my next race distance?
  • What type of goals should I set for my first race at a certain distance?
  • Do you have any tips on how I know I'm progressing too slow or too fast in my training?
  • Should I increase the length of each training run by a couple of minutes or is there a better way?
  • Is there anything I need to do other than run?
  • What is one tip you might encourage to help prevent overtraining?

I invite you to send your own questions in that you might want address in a future episode. Make sure to email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com and you just might find your question - and my answer - available for everyone to hear! I encourage you to follow much of Linda's format as she provided a lot of information in just a short email as that helps provide more context and makes it easier to me respond to your direct needs!

We appreciate our sponsor - Great 8 Virtual Races.  As they prepare to launch their next race in the Run Across America series, they want to offer you a special deal to catch up and be ready for this next race.  As such, you can sign up for a two-fer deal - or rather, get two races fer the price of one.  Don't forget, when you sign up, you'll receive a beautiful, full colored Tyvek bib.  Once you submit your time you'll receive 3.5" medals to celebrate your achievement!  To sign up (or get more information), head over to the Run Across America: California link and choose the bundle.  What better way to kick off your year than running two races (choose a 5K/10K/half marathon all for the same price) and getting ready for your third?

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, get updates at our Motivate Me To Run page on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Finally - if you have appreciated this or any of our episodes, we would love to have you stop by iTunes and leave your all-favorable review!  This will give us even more access to big name guests, sponsors with amazing giveaways, and more!  Leaving a review will get us that much closer towards those goals!  I’ll thank you in advance!

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex - RRCA certified running coach

17
Feb 2019

How Would You Answer This Question?

As a running coach, I get questions all the time on from runners of all experience levels and I LOVE taking the time to answer them. There was one specific question that I recently saw in a Facebook group for a local running group that I wanted to pass on to you and get your response.  Am I right in the way I responded or would you have answered differently?

I invite you to download this week's episode and take us along on your next run. Then check out our past episodes to learn even more!

This is another episode following our Motivation Mile format, meaning that we want to share with you the motivation you need, encourage you on your way, and provide those critical running tips to help you on your own running journey – all in the time it takes to run a mile.  And if you're wondering, we do answer all those questions during our short mile.

We appreciate our sponsor - Great 8 Virtual Races.  As they prepare to launch their next race in the Run Across America series, they want to offer you a special deal to catch up and be ready for this next race.  As such, you can sign up for a two-fer deal - or rather, get two races fer the price of one.  Don't forget, when you sign up, you'll receive a beautiful, full colored Tyvek bib.  Once you submit your time you'll receive 3.5" medals to celebrate your achievement!  To sign up (or get more information), head over to the Run Across America: California link and choose the bundle.  What better way to kick off your year than running two races (choose a 5K/10K/half marathon all for the same price) and getting ready for your third?

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, get updates at our Motivate Me To Run page on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Finally - if you have appreciated this or any of our episodes, we would love to have you stop by iTunes and leave your all-favorable review!  This will give us even more access to big name guests, sponsors with amazing giveaways, and more!  Leaving a review will get us that much closer towards those goals!  I’ll thank you in advance!

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex - RRCA certified running coach

3
Feb 2019

One Key Metric To Help Prevent Overtraining

We all know that running is a stress to your body.  But as we all have been taught from our youth, too much of a good thing can be harmful or lead to negative results.  This is no less true for running.

In today's episode, we review what overtraining is to help establish why we want to avoid it.  It might sound intuitive, but if you don't understand what you're trying to avoid, you just might find yourself not taking seriously the need to avoid it in the first place.  And we runners, as umm, err, stubborn as we can sometimes be, really need to understand why it's so important to avoid that dreaded overtraining.

Without just giving you all the information here, we want to encourage you to download this episode to learn that metric and I and my clients use to help prevent overtraining.  We step back and break it down to help you know how to measure it (for some it will be extremely easy - for the rest it's still easy just takes a bit more conscious effort).  We will also discuss some different reasons that metric can change.  And then finally discuss the threshold of change you need to be watching for so you too can avoid overtraining!

We invite you to download this week's episode and take us along on your next run. Then check out our past episodes to learn even more!

This is another episode following our Motivation Mile format, meaning that we want to share with you the motivation you need, encourage you on your way, and provide those critical running tips to help you on your own running journey – all in the time it takes to run a mile.  And if you're wondering, we do answer all those questions during our short mile.

We appreciate our sponsor - Great 8 Virtual Races.  As we mention in this episode, they have introduced their 2018 Running Tour T-Shirt - an awesome way to share your miles and races from this past year with everyone you meet.  This personalized shirt will allow you to share with more than your Strava and social media followers.  You put in the blood, the sweat, the tears, and all the work this past year - make sure you showcase it everywhere you go.  Make sure to use discount code NEWYEAR (no spaces) for $5 off your shirt - and all shipped free to you!

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Finally - if you have appreciated this or any of our episodes, we would love to have you stop by iTunes and leave your all-favorable review!  This will give us even more access to big name guests, sponsors with amazing giveaways, and more!  Leaving a review will get us that much closer towards those goals!  I’ll thank you in advance!

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex - RRCA certified running coach

15
Jan 2019

Five Lessons I Learned From the School of Hard Knocks - Race Edition

I admit it.  Sometimes the school of hard knocks is the best way to learn a lesson.  But let's be honest, there's so many lessons out there to learn that occasionally it's nice to learn from someone else's mistakes.

So that's the approach I tried to take for this episode.  True, we already have an episode on some top tips for your next race.  But as I'm gearing up for my first race in 2019 (the Phoenix Marathon - will any of you be there?  If so let me know!) and dwelling on some of these "school of hard knock lessons", I knew I had to share them to keep you from experiencing some of the same pain I have in the past.

I don't want to spoil your learning by just posting them here, but here's some tips of what you can expect:

  • Remember something you just might forget when getting out the door in those early morning hours before your race.  I know I did - and paid for it later.
  • Maybe you don't know this is something you can and should do to help you stay comfortable before your run.  Plus one rule you really need to follow if you do.
  • Think baby steps are only for your running goals?  Apply baby steps to this tip and have even more fun at your next race!
  • When you can't control the uncontrollable, maybe you can bring your own to make sure you have what you need.
  • If you don't do this you'll regret it months or even years later.

 

Finally - if you have any you've learned from your own "school of hard knocks", I encourage you to reach out and share.  Your tip just might wind up on our next podcast episode!

We invite you to download this week's episode and take us along on your next run. Then check out our past episodes to learn even more!

This is another episode following our Motivation Mile format, meaning that we want to share with you the motivation you need, encourage you on your way, and provide those critical running tips to help you on your own running journey – all in the time it takes to run a mile.  And if you're wondering, we do answer all those questions during our short mile.

Finally, we appreciate our sponsor - Great 8 Virtual Races.  As we mention in this episode, they have introduced their 2018 Running Tour T-Shirt - an awesome way to share your miles and races from this past year with everyone you meet.  This personalized shirt will allow you to share with more than your Strava and social media followers.  You put in the blood, the sweat, the tears, and all the work this past year - make sure you showcase it everywhere you go.  Make sure to use discount code NEWYEAR (no spaces) for $5 off your shirt - and all shipped free to you!

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex - RRCA certified running coach

2
Jan 2019

How To Be A Butt Kicking Machine In 2019

 

The beginning of the year is a great time to be a runner.  First you can look back over your just completed year and relish in each and every mile you have run and relish those races you finished.  But even better, it seems, is the possibilities that a new year brings!  No matter how your prior year turned out, a new year allows you to dream and wonder how much faster and stronger you can be.

But there's a small problem that can happen as soon as you start to dream.  In this episode we work through that with some guidance on how best to think of a new year, how to properly set your goals, and what you can do now to be even healthier and stronger at the end of this year than the one you just finished.

You won't want to miss these four tips that you can implement now to do just that.  

We invite you to download this week's episode and take us along on your next run. Then check out our past episodes to learn even more!

This is another episode following our Motivation Mile format, meaning that we want to share with you the motivation you need, encourage you on your way, and provide those critical running tips to help you on your own running journey – all in the time it takes to run a mile.  And if you're wondering, we do answer all those questions during our short mile.

Finally, we appreciate our sponsor - Great 8 Virtual Races.  As we mention in this episode, they have introduced their 2018 Running Tour T-Shirt - an awesome way to share your miles and races from this past year with everyone you meet.  This personalized shirt will allow you to share with more than your Strava and social media followers.  You put in the blood, the sweat, the tears, and all the work this past year - make sure you showcase it everywhere you go.  Make sure to use discount code NEWYEAR (no spaces) for $5 off your shirt - and all shipped free to you!

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex - RRCA certified running coach

10
Dec 2018

How Fast Should I Run My Training Runs?

This question has been coming up a lot over the last few weeks so I thought I would try to address it - well, at least from one angle. The problem is, trying to address the questions, "How Fast Should I Run My Training Plans?" is almost as ubiquitous as asking how to run.

If you're looking for that silver bullet answer on the perfect pace to run each and every run for your goals (whatever they may be), I'm sorry to disappoint and share that this isn't it. But there is a commonality that all your training plans should have no matter your goal - the concept of the easy run.

Training cycles are meant to stress the body, but that doesn't mean that every run should. The problem is, many runners think the meme, "Beat Yesterday" is the key to their training runs - meaning making each and every run faster than the day before. This is unfortunately a recipe for injury and overtraining and often ends up with the runner plateauing or worse - getting slower.

In this episode we seek to cover a lot of ground (this Motivation Mile is pushing it at just over 15 minutes) with the goal of addressing those dangers of always pushing fast, checking out what the elites do in their training, and then learning what expert coaches in their field (e.g., from the man, Jack Daniels himself) share regarding the need for the easy run.

We invite you to download this week's episode and take us along on your next run. Then check out our past episodes to learn even more!

This is another episode following our Motivation Mile format, meaning that we want to share with you the motivation you need, encourage you on your way, and provide those critical running tips to help you on your own running journey – all in the time it takes to run a mile.  And if you're wondering, we do answer all those questions during our short mile.

Finally, we appreciate our sponsor - Great 8 Virtual Races.  Don't miss the release of their next state (hear the episode to see which one it is) and find out how you can get a great deal with its launch!  Don't forget their goal is to provide you a unique race experience, give you access to a RRCA running coach, and provide you all the bling that you deserve.  Find out how to get a discount code for your next race; you'll receive a beautiful, full colored Tyvek bib and hand-painted race medal with other goodies available, all without additional shipping.  Check out great8virtualraces.com/motivate and get started today!

Come check us out on Twitter (@motivatemetorun), come join us in our Motivate Me To Run group on Facebook, and even our show notes at motivatemetorun.com.  If you have any questions you would like me to cover then email me at alex@motivatemetorun.com.

Thank you for listening and look forward to catching up with you next time!

Happy Running! 

Coach Alex - RRCA certified running coach