Planning for Success in 2020

2020 has been off to a blistering start. I really can’t believe we’re 1/6 of the way through the year already!

Today, I’m going to be looking back at the last 2 months to recap what’s happened and where my goals are for the next 10 months of the year.

Planning for a really positive 2020
Becoming a better person starts with a clear mind and a plan

I believe that without accountability and direction (hello most of 2019), a lot of runners seem to be lost (me included) and so I’m holding myself accountable with this post, but also to remind you that if you don’t know what you’re aiming for, you’ll hit it every time.


I’ve signed up for two races already – The Haddonfield Running Company’s Adrenaline 5k – it’s on March 21st – it’s an amazingly fast course with great support and an AMAZING after-party. (There’s a really good chance that by the time you read this, the race will have sold out!) This race is extra special for me:

1. it hold my road 5k PR (14:53)

and 2. it’s the race where I met my wife.

The second race I registered for already is the Good Day for a Run Vineyard 5 miler the day before my birthday – April 26th.

My goal for the year is to run different race distances – so I have my 5k and 5 miler planned and I’ll be on the lookout for a 10k, 10 miler, a mile race, and maybe something a bit longer, or maybe even on the trails.


I don’t do a lot of mileage these days – I have a lot of commitments that prevent me from spending lots of time running and recovering. That being said, I’m currently working out 5 times a week: 3-4 runs and 2 strength training sessions.

Using accountability to reach my running and coaching goals
My goals for the upcoming 10 months of the year

As I move into the spring, I’d like to run 4-5 times a week and have at least 1 strength day per week.


Not surprisingly February is a slower month. While blog traffic is up, many of those runners aren’t committing to working with a coach. That’s fine.

The good news is that I haven’t given up, and I know that there are runners who are still looking for a coach this spring racing season.

I’m doing a great job of landing and booking in-person runners and that’s helping out (and really, really enjoyable!).

My winter strength sessions are ending this week and then spring track will start up in mid-March and run until mid-May.


Signing up for races

I definitely needed some extra motivating after my marathon last March and I didn’t capitalize on the robust amount of training I did during the winter phase. I dawdled around and didn’t have any real goals to shoot for, so I didn’t really do much.

My year for success in coaching, running and life
As motivation, so does your drive to do well

Prepping for Cinnaminson Track Academy

Despite losing 1/3 of our Track Academy founders, I’m really excited to extend a warm welcome to year # 4 of Track Academy. Mike and I are looking forward to piecing together a stellar staff that will help prepare young track athletes for their upcoming seasons.

Details about how to register for camp and more information about our camp are now on my website!

The sun staying out later

Being cooped up in school, running before the sun came out, and then it being so cold out has really put a damper on my mood. I do my best to get my exercise, my sleep and some vitamin-d, but I won’t sugar coat it: January and February are NOT my favorite months.


My new pattern of blogging three weeks in a row and taking a week off is aimed at eliminating stress over having to post something. I have the ideas, but with a full-time job, coaching, 2 kids and training, sometimes writing every single week is a lot.

Next week is the week where I will step away and try and get some long-term thoughts down. If you have any thing you’d like me to cover, leave a comment below!

I'm using races to keep me motivated
What I’m going to do to reach my true potential

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6 thoughts on “Planning for Success in 2020

  1. Sounds like you have a great plan in place and are ready to rock!

    Thanks to my rehab for my broken leg, I haven’t planned much on the running front. I’ve been sending lots more time on blogging, however.


  2. Sounds like you have a great plan in place for your year! Thanks for linking up today


  3. Sounds like you have some good goals and plans for the year! I’m only signed up for one race so far this year but I am considering adding in some shorter races as well.


  4. You have a full time job, too? How did I not know that? Or maybe I did and forgot…

    Also, holy shit are you fast.


  5. It sounds like you’ve got a pretty good plan. Life can get tough with a new baby, not to mention working and blogging. I think taking that week off every month will be really helpful.


  6. Kim at Running on the Fly February 27, 2020 — 7:23 PM

    The thing I really appreciate with blogging is there are no hard and fast rules (well, if they do exist, I’m oblivious to them). I try to blog 3/week, but there are times when I just don’t have something to blog about. I think it’s alright to take a pass now and then…it’s hard to force a post when there’s just nothing that inspires one. Good luck with your spring training!


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