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Every year around this time, people start thinking about what the next year will bring.

They set big goals and ambitious resolutions. Big picture ideas.

Unsurprisingly, runners are no different. After-all, we have dreams too! I know I’ve set more than a few over the years:

  • I want to run a marathon
  • I want to run my first ultra
  • I want to run a 100 miler
  • I want to PR a half marathon

They are often grandiose and scary. But claiming them as your goal for the year simply isn’t enough!

You need to take action.

And when it comes to running, that usually means you need to actually plan out your race calendar for the season now, so that you can commit to the races you want to run and schedule your training.

With races filling up quicker than ever, it’s even more important to plan well in advance, before it’s too late.

In today’s video (the first installment of Trail Talk: Quick Tips…more on that later), I discuss the approach you should take when planning your race calendar.

Here’s a breakdown of the topics covered in today’s video:

  • Why it’s important to start planning your race calendar now
  • Having a focal point for each season
  • Using other races to build up and prepare for your main goal race

Introducing Trail Talk: Quick Tips

Last month I posted a 12 minute video on how to know if you’re ready to run an ultramarathon. Since video was a new format for me, I asked you guys for feedback and if it was something I should keep doing.

The response was overwhelmingly positive. You seem to really like video!

In the excitement of the moment, I committed to myself to put out a new full 10-15 minute video every two weeks. A week later, I realized my eyes were bigger than my virtual stomach, and that the time it takes for me to plan, produce, edit, and post an in-depth video that frequently just isn’t feasible for me to commit to at the moment.

So that’s when I got the idea for Quick Tips. A short (quick) video posted just to my YouTube channel every Thursday.

A weekly source of trail and ultra running advice delivered in 3 minutes or less.

Then once a month, I’ll follow those quick tips up with longer, more in-depth Trail Talk videos.

But here’s the deal, I’m not going to post each of these Quick Tips to the blog like I am this one. I made that decision, because I want to continue to produce great written content for those of you who prefer that format, without cluttering it up with too many videos.

If you want to receive the quick tips each week, you’ll have to check them out on the Tube. To make sure you don’t miss any, subscribe to my YouTube channel and you’ll receive a weekly notification when a video is posted each Thursday.

If you’re like me and have never subscribed to a YouTube channel before, it’s quick and easy, and even private if you want it to be. The only notifications you’ll get are automatic ones from YouTube when new Trail Talk videos are upload.

Enjoy today’s video, and I hope to see you over in YouTube! Now get to planning before it’s too late!

Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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