How to spice up your fall marathon training?

Preparing for one of the fall’s many marathons or half-marathons or even your first ultra? Racery’s virtual races are a powerful judgment-free way to keep you motivated and accountable! While you train, you need to avoid what Christine Yu calls the “comparison trap.“ Like training in person with a running …

The couch or 5k dilemma: how to stick with a 5k training plan?

Niki Miller, a runner and contributor for Women’s Running, recently admitted that “distractions of a busy week”and a couple of missed work-outs pushed her to effectively skip two weeks of training. As she summed the situation up: “Oopsy.” Miller’s strategy for getting back on track was simple. “I’m using social …

Another way virtual races motivate people

Our race mileage feeds are full of interesting stories (jumping over a rattle snake) and locations (Central Park Reservoir today.) Then someone zooms back and talks about why they enjoy Racery, and our hearts go pitter patter. 🙂 Here’s the direct link to that comment.  Glad to be part of your …

What is the Sarick Effect?

One of the joys of reading a great new book is learning about various studies and rules and effects that the author has managed to unearth. Adam Grant’s awesome new book Originals: How Non Conformists Move the World mentions the Sarick Effect, in which initially arguing against your own idea or …

More motivational mantras

The Runner’s Blueprint blog posted 53 great mantras for motivation. Some of my personal favorites: “ZOMBIES!!” “This too shall pass” “It’s a hill. Get over it.” “Hills are my friend.” “Just stay calm.” “I feel good, I feel great!” “As it gets harder, I get stronger.” “Keep moving forward!” “Be …

More shades of motivation

In 2012, celebrating his 50th year running in the Manchester Turkey Trot, the legendary runner Amby Burfoot , wrote that a life full of running isn’t just about health and technique. It’s 90% motivation. He offers these tips for staying motivated: Read stories about courageous, life-changing runners in Runner’s World; …