Living the Lifestyle of a Distance Runner

How to “Live the Lifestyle”

There seems to be a clear reason why the East Africans are so successful at distance running: they live the lifestyle.  No fancy cars, no distractions.  Just the bare necessities.  Only what they need to be a really good distance runner.

How to "Live the Lifestyle"

How to “Live the Lifestyle”

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Hey – I know – we can’t be like that 24/7.  But “living the lifestyle” as much as we can certainly can’t hurt.  There are certain things we can do in our lives to help our running.

1. Set Goals

  • Set lofty goals that are attainable with some serious hard work.  
  • Voice these goals to everyone who will listen.
  • Get to working to achieve these goals.

2. Let our training do the talking

Do everything better

Do everything better

  • Run
  • Hydrate
  • Sleep
  • Stretch
  • Strength train
  • Appropriate days off
  • Communicate with coach to modify training

3. Reap the benefits of our training

  • Race when it’s appropriate and run confidently and proudly
  • Compete to the best of your ability

4. Repeat process at an even higher level

  • Repeat step # 2.

Once you’ve mastered these 4 steps, you’re ready to take your running to the next level.  It’s not practical to live like the best runners in the world.  But if we take some of their practices and implement them into our daily routines, I promise you that you’ll get faster.

Live life to the fullest

Live life to the fullest

 


Need more reasons to live the lifestyle? Check out other TrainwithMarc athletes who’ve taken steps to run fast!

Rob running a fast marathon

Dan proving you can take time away from running and come back strong

Samantha showing grit and determination in her marathon

 

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