Kickstart your year (or running journey) with dope insights on how running can enhance not just your fitness but your entire life, making you healthy, wealthy, and wise. In this video podcasting, while running a conversation with my American Sydney-sider friend, Stacey Trock, a passionate runner, we delve into how consistent running practices, smart financial habits, and continuous learning can transform your life. Keep listening/reading/watching as we explore the synergy between running and overall life improvement, offering easy-to-action advice for runners at any level.
Incremental improvements trump binges
Big goals are sexy. I get it. You want to run a marathon this year. Awesome.
But the way to accomplish those big goals (in both running and life) is by making small, achievable improvements.
If you want to improve your 10k time, break that down into smaller, weekly goals. What can you do this week to make that goal closer to reality? Binges – pushing super-hard for a short amount of time – are a surefire way to get yourself injured. So just don’t.
Healthy: Make an improvement to your running routine (add a day or pop in some speedwork) or your diet (like cutting out late-night ice cream or adding veggies to your usual lunch).
Wealthy: Break your financial goals into bite-sized bits. Sure, we all want to retire or buy a house, but what can you do this month to set yourself on the right path?
Wise: Wisdom comes from everywhere, not just formal schooling. Yet, many of us have let daily learning drop from our lives. Schedule a chat with a clever friend or spend a bit of time getting book recommendations to move towards your goals.
Consistency creates success
You don’t get fit by waking up one morning and running a marathon. You don’t get healthy by binge-ing on juice for a week. You won’t get rich by winning the lottery (kinda – you won’t gain the education, experience and knowledge to make the money again in the future if you were to lose it – outside of luck)
The only way to create success is making those incremental improvements (that we just talked about) for a while. Days on end (science says it takes 30-60 days for a habit to stick) for weeks, months and maybe even years!
Stacey’s a morning runner, and she loves the feeling of getting out there and crushing that goal as the first part of her day. You may be an evening runner and love how it shakes off the stress of a workday.
Whatever routine suits you, it’s important that you prioritize and build the time into your weekly plans.
“My tip for a newbie who wants to run a marathon is to run most days of the week for a good six months or more. It’s easy to get obsessed with training plans, but for the average person who wants to wake up and run a five or six-hour marathon, just freaking run for a half hour to an hour – five days a week. We can talk about other stuff later, but if you aren’t running regularly, you’re not going to make it.” -Stacey Trock
Healthy: Are you consistent with your exercise and nutrition habits? Or do you let it slide and then try to make up for it all at once? See what you can do to create a routine you can stick with every week for serious gains.
Wealthy: It’s often the recurring purchases we don’t notice that can wreak havoc on our finances. Do an audit on your financial routine. Can you lower that mortgage payment? Find a better deal on insurance? Sign up for a bulk deal on groceries? A good financial routine can free up money for the fun things in life – while helping you achieve long-term goals.
Wise: Make learning new things an easy part of your daily routine: add good podcasts to your list or get into a habit of reading for 15 minutes a day. If it’s easy or routine, then it’s something you’ll stick with.
Make the time
Don’t leave important things (like exercise, diet or your finances) to chance. If you’re simply trying to squeeze a run in ‘when you have time’, other things will fill that time slot.
Let’s say you have a vase. And you have big rocks (important stuff) and gravel (trivial stuff) to put into it. If you fill the vase with gravel first, you won’t have any room for the big rocks.
The only way to fit it all in the vase is to put the big rocks in first. That means if running (or meeting friends or going to a book club) is important to you, then you need to schedule that time. Then, you can tip in the gravel (the less important things) to fit around it.
Healthy: Put your runs on your calendar. And don’t let anyone else cancel them. This goes for meal planning… if that’s your thing.
Wealthy: Would sitting down once a month and looking over your finances help you advance your goals? Then book an appointment with yourself.
Wise: You know what I’m going to say here. If there’s a class you want to take or a book you want to read, put it in your calendar. Don’t wait until you have free time. Because you won’t.
Success creates success
Have you had moments where you feel like everything just clicks? A time when your running is falling into place, you’re on top in your job and your relationships are fulfilling and happy? That’s because success is one area of your life that has a way of pumping up other areas of your life.
Stacey calls this an upward spiral.
It’s the opposite of a downward spiral. Where you miss a run, then feel like crap, which makes you grumpy at work, so your boss passes you over for a great project and then you come home and are snappy with your partner. That sucks, and it’s where bad stuff makes more bad stuff.
Developing a consistent running practice sets you up for success in running. And when you’re successful in one area of your life, you can bet you’ll see gains elsewhere, too.
“A lot of non-runners ask me ‘how do you find the energy to run?’ But going on a run gives me way more energy than sitting on the sofa. I don’t know anyone who works in an office for 10 hours a day, and then lays on the sofa and reports feeling awesome and recharged. But people who run and eat healthy have the energy to tackle the rest of life.” -Stacey Trock
It’s no surprise that some of the best athletes on the planet are also the people who have their s!*t together. They’re dedicated to improvements, and these improvements spread across their entire lives.
You can be one of those people. Stacey is. I’d say over the last 5 years, sorting out my ADHD/focus issues and after having a kid I’m much closer to who I want to be now, but I’m constantly evolving and trying new things. Whatever works for you stay with it until it doesn’t work anymore or your objectives change
If you like real, honest information that improves your running (and life!), then you’re in the right place. Definitely listen/watch the full convo (click the video at the top or podcast below), and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get more great advice to be 1% better. This healthy, wealthy and wise running convo series is going to be a format that I use in the future, so let me know what and who you’d like to see and hear from.
Links & Learnings
- Follow Stacey on Instagram
- DLake Runs Instagram
- Listen to Podcast Audio Conversation On Your Next Workout
- Watch Video Conversation
- Where Healthy, Wealthy, Wise came from
- The one percent better each day rule explained by James Clear
Timestamps for Audio & Video Podcast
- 00:01:16 – Running as a Daily Habit for Improvement
- 00:03:02 – New Year’s Eve in Sydney and Consistency in Habits
- 00:04:36 – Stacey’s Take on Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
- 00:05:07 – Daren’s Content Strategy and Long Game
- 00:06:45 – Consistency in Running and Other Aspects of Life
- 00:08:21 – The Importance of Staying Above the Productivity Line
- 00:09:39 – Daren’s Content Creation and Repurposing Strategy
- 00:11:49 – Viewer Challenge: Tiny Consistent Steps Towards Goals