I want to learn how to train for a race. I want to gather all the knowledge – talk to runners, ask my coach (looking at you Coach Gala!) questions, dive into new experiences, gather all these nuggets of information. Then I want to develop a plan, a training plan, add in all the big picture pieces and little details that cater to my needs. Then, I want to put it into action. Test it out. Run like crazy! Every. Damn. Day. Rain, snow, hail, heat, dark, dusk…I will do it all! And when it is all said and done, I will pass on my learnings to someone else and help them get to where they want to be. Because I’m a coach and that’s what I do. This is not just training to run races – this is training for life. Catch me if you can!

So, in pursuit of my newest, most-recent obsession, Trail Running (and soon to be Ultra Trail Running!) I stumbled upon a useful tool for runners, and all athletes alike, to evaluate their daily state of being while training, a stress evaluator if you will. You can find this tool in the book, Daniel’s Running Formula. In practice, I began filling out the table myself and realized…these aren’t just questions for those training for running or biking or swimming or any sport, these are questions for those training for the greatest sport of all – LIFE!

After all, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Isn’t that what they say?

Ok, ok! Here are the eight questions. I hope you check in with them daily, and, of course, put them to good use.

  1. How was last night’s sleep?
  2. Do you have any pains or illnesses?
  3. What is today’s workout and/or recovery plan?
  4. Are you flexible with your plan? (In other words, if your plan must change.)
  5. How are your energy levels and nutrition?
  6. What are today’s physical stresses?
  7. What are today’s mental stresses?
  8. Anything you’d like to add?

Thanks for reading,

Coach Kari

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