Running A Half Marathon In Just Four Weeks

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The past weeks have been enlightening to say the least and here’s a quick recap of what I have been doing…

I finished a training from David Walker’s called 30 Day Marketer.

It literally changed my overall perception of marketing blogs for good and I’m really grateful to have been part of that first generation as well.

You’ll see the changes around here very soon.

I also finished reading Tim Ferriss’ book, the famous Four Hour Work Week.

Even though I disagree with many aspects on the book, I also learned a ton of new things and I highly recommend you read it as long as you don’t consider it to be some kind of THE marketing Bible because it’s definitely not that.

This book is not just about traveling, working four hours per week or ‘hacking the system’ as many young entrepreneurs like to say these days…

It’s a very concise book filled with many different topics, great resources and it’s honestly highly entertaining and I think anyone interested in building an online business should learn a lot from it.

To continue with the books topic, I started reading a Jay Abraham book called Getting Everything You Can Out Of All You’ve Got which is changing my entrepreneurial mind by quite a lot.

I barely begun this book and I already learnt many things, it’s just THAT great.

Tip: If you sign up to Jay Abraham‘s website you can get his book “Getting everything you can out of all you’ve got” for FREE in pdf format.

And last but not least important, last night I was watching a very old video from Brian Tracy called Personal Time Management (the link is a VHS on Amazon, I’m clueless where you can get it in another format).

Anyway, you wouldn’t believe how many useful information nuggets this guy has, it was just one after another and you can actually see most of his tips being used in almost every modern book out there on business, success and time management topics of course.

Well Being IS Important

Anyway, what the heck does all this reading, training and video watching has to do with running a half marathon in just four weeks?

Turns out the only exercise I can do for my health is jogging since I no longer have friends who I can play soccer with, a few of them still play baseball but I don’t like it that much so I just run now.

And it all comes down to well being you know.

If you’re not feeling well, then you can’t function properly right?

That means you may not be able to plan your activities correctly, not follow through all your to-do tasks, starting to leave the important work for last and focusing on the easy things first and in the end, you’re not making any progress at all.

You MAY think you are actually being productive because you are still busy doing stuff but are those activities really the ones that you know are the most important ones business wise?

If you’re guilty of this, don’t worry…

I have been there myself but the idea here is to be able to detect this common and huge issue and address it as soon as possible.

That’s exactly what I learned yesterday from Brian Tracy.

Brian Tracy’s Teachings

Continuing with Brian Tracy’s teachings from yesterday, I created three specific goals in these areas:

  1. health
  2. business
  3. overall

Which turned into tasks, comes down to this:

  1. finish a half marathon in four weeks
  2. launch my wordpress training
  3. reach stable income

I’m not sure if you are able to spot a pattern here but in case you can’t see it, let me help you out…

You can’t reach stable income if you are not able to create products, do your affiliate marketing right or whatever your strategy to make money online is (required to be in action).

And you probably can’t do any of the above if you’re not feeling right (this is not a rule of course but in particular I can’t work properly if I’m feeling like shit) so what do you do to fix this?

You first start taking care of yourself.

Brian Tracy says you need to be able to plan the right way and I can’t really teach you that right now or this post would get pretty big but summarized it means you basically create a list of things you absolutely must do in order to reach a specific goal and don’t do anything else until you’re done with that very important task.

Running a Half Marathon in Just Four Weeks

So in my case, this is what I’m going to do…

I already planned a very specific training that will last for four weeks to run a half-marathon (actually the fourth week is race day -November 4th-) and the idea for this, is that if you are able to follow through, then there’s no reason you can’t follow through with business plans, see the connection now?

I’m not dieting at all, just eating right, trying to get more sleep (I normally sleep about five hours a day) and overall I’m cutting down on beers and focusing on getting the important things done (not “more things” per se).

Obviously, this doesn’t means that I’m just going to be training all day long and do nothing to make money online, I actually have a coaching call tomorrow but I’ll leave that for another occasion.

Day 01: Training Video (October 8th)

I recorded this video yesterday and right now I just want to get it done with today’s article so immediately after posting this I’m going to jump on the treadmill, then take a bath and then come back and work on a wordpress report for tomorrow.

In the meantime, here’s the video!


Pretty sweaty right? LOL

Day 02: Training Video (October 9th)

Okay yesterday I didn’t feel bad running but it was just 35 minutes on the treadmill.

I ran 7 kms (4.4 miles) today and I do feel a bit hammered to be honest but it is what it is!


I tried to record a bit of footage from the park but it’s pretty bad so I didn’t included it, I will try another day. ;-)

The Never Ending WordPress Training Course

If you have been on this blog before, maybe you already know I have been creating a wordpress course for months that has completely drained my brains out.

The wordpress course kept getting bigger and bigger and quite honestly, I’m starting to feel fed up on it so before I decide to throw it out the window and do something else, I’m going to focus on feeling better.

Getting more sleep, train for this race and try to deliver the wordpress training with the same joy and happiness which I started with in the first place.

I’m no longer worried about making it perfect though and in fact, the training is actually almost complete now but I really need a rest from this.

I don’t know if all internet marketers have created their first introduction videos with the most tired face possible on earth but right now I look exactly like a raccoon so you get the idea.

I want to recover my energy, be able to wake up and get out of bed happy to work and I definitely have been losing a bit of that lately.

So What’s YOUR Plan?

Let me know if you already have a plan for your next product release and how are you keeping focused and organized with your time management duties.

I already have plenty of things I’m doing but I wouldn’t mind some new ideas.

Speak soon!

Sergio

PS. I don’t know what is going to happen with the half marathon… all I can say is that I’m going to do my best as I normally prepare MONTHS in advance for these things and I barely make it to the end so either I do things right this time or maybe you won’t see me again after November 4th lol… hope it’s the first one!

About The Author

Sergio Felix

Hi, I’m Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I’m highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.

25 Comments

  • Cararta

    Reply Reply October 9, 2012

    Ho Sergio,

    Way to go!

    Keep up all the work and keep your schedule right and you will do o.k.

    I hereby grant you rights to my 4 letter Expressive Noun…..
    Fish.

    C….

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 9, 2012

      Thank you Cararta, I will definitely do that! ;-)

      And fish? Is this some secret code? lol thanks for stopping by!

  • Munir

    Reply Reply October 9, 2012

    Hey Sergio, well done ma man! I totally agree! I believe the two most important things you need to take care of to have a productive life are you mind and body. Keep your mind active and give it lots of challenges and keep your body healthy and fit by exercising daily or at least 3 times a week. Beer should be for w’ends only! Take care my friend :)

    Mo

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 9, 2012

      Hey Mo, long time no see my man!

      Mind and body, completely agree, too bad it took me a while to figure that out though but it’s never too late right?

      Beers on weekends, check!

      Thanks for stopping by and chiming in my man, take care and speak soon! ;-)

  • Jens-Petter Berget

    Reply Reply October 9, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    I’m very impressed. You’ve been doing a lot lately, and not only have you been reading a lot, and working hard on your wordpress training, but you’re going to run a half marathon. Wow. I love running, and I usually run 2-3 times a week (about an hour each time). But I haven’t competed before. I’m going to follow each of your steps and see how you’ll manage to do this in only four weeks.

    Great stuff.

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 10, 2012

      Hey Jens, yeah man I’m trying to push the bars as much as I can lately.

      It’s very cool to know you love running man, I didn’t know that and I used to run for an hour as well which were normally light runs for about 10kms (about 6.2 miles) but I did it daily.

      It’s been months that I don’t run anywhere lol so I’m trying to get back to the old healthy me and I do not compete, I do it for the fun and joy but since there are prizes and judges and everything, you ARE a competitor either you are competing or not.

      Thanks for stopping by and your interest on how this goes, I’m pretty sure it’ll be interesting to watch, take care Jens! ;-)

      PS. I had an amazing coaching call today about my WordPress training, will write about it later after I run.

  • Paul Eveleigh

    Reply Reply October 10, 2012

    Hey Sergio,
    Wish you well with the half marathon. I know what it takes, I used to run a bit myself (just cycle these days). Didn’t do too many half marathons as I found they required more training than the 50 – 60 miles a week I was doing. Up to 10 miles was what I enjoyed, did run a few big city marathons as I got older, used a 16 week program that seemed to work for me, managed to get under two and a half hours a few times (London & Berlin). So best of luck with the training and wordpress product, look forward to following your progress.

    Paul

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 10, 2012

      Hey Paul wow man, those are pretty cool insights and great times as well!

      I still haven’t done a full marathon yet, I was planning to run NYC this year but a lot of stuff happened that got in the way so I couldn’t prepare at all.

      London and Berlin… I’m speechless, those are two of the full marathons I have on my bucket list (the other three are: Chicago, NYC and Boston although Boston should be very hard to qualify for)

      Are you still running or just entirely cycling?

      Thanks a lot for chiming in Paul and thanks for being interested in both my half marathon preparation and the wordpress training.

      This is definitely something nobody would want to miss, take care!

      • Paul Eveleigh

        Reply Reply October 10, 2012

        Sergio, just cycle these days which I actually enjoy more than I did running, too many recurring injuries from years of running to do much on that front these days. I can still knock out 50 miles in 2 hours on the bike though.

        WordPress training sounds like it is going to be massive… can’t wait.

        all the best and stay hydrated

        paul

        • Sergio Félix

          Reply Reply October 11, 2012

          Ah many people I know have switched to the bicycle as well, I might do that sooner or later since my knees are not what they used to be anymore.

          50 miles in two hours… damn, that’s very cool man!

          Thanks for coming back and the extra feedback Paul, I really appreciate it!

          PS. I’ll talk a bit more about the current status on the wordpress training today and it is definitely massive now. ;-)

  • Andrew Stark

    Reply Reply October 10, 2012

    Hi Sergio

    You need to get some audio books so you can learn and run at the same time, just don’t get so excited over an idea that you fall off the treadmill…

    Anyway I’m feeling better I’ve been doing 5K three times a week in my lunch hour and today I was down to 26:15 vs a 25:00 target vs the 30:00 when I started out back in September. Just increasing the pace by 0.1 km / hour until I get up to speed.

    As ever look forward to the wordpress course, it’s going to be a massive hit :-)

    Andrew

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 10, 2012

      Hey Andrew, that’s a fantastic idea my man!

      LOL falling off the treadmill to an idea… been there!

      The only issue I found out while listening to audio books is that there are many times I need an extra push particularly when I’m running on uphills and when this happens and I’m listening to an audio book is just the most horrific thing to have as motivation to conquer the hill.

      Yesterday I ran entirely listening to Rocky soundtracks and it was very cool but then I got fed up of Eye Of The Tiger and many repeated versions of the same songs.

      I’m going to change the playlist today and I actually have an idea to pace myself during the half marathon with the music, I’ll talk about it on another post when I have something more specific about this.

      5k three times a week sounds VERY good man and those times are great as well, actually REALLY great.

      The fastest I have ran a 10km race was 46:17 in Los Angeles but I swear to God that I felt I was going to die any time during the race.

      5k in just 25:00 is already pretty decent in my book (take in consideration I run for fun).

      Thanks for stopping by and being interested in the training Andrew, I don’t want to reveal that much yet but there’s a huge advance and new motivation to launch it very soon.

      I’ll write exactly about that in a few more hours, take care and keep on running! ;-)

  • Tim Bonner

    Reply Reply October 10, 2012

    Hey Sergio

    You’ve got a lot going on my man!

    My plan at the moment is to just keep my blog going. There’s so many other things to do during the day that take up the rest of my time, I don’t have time for anything else.

    I have plans for the future though and as I get more time to do things as the kids grow up, I hope I can make them happen.

    Brilliant that you’re doing the half marathon!

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 10, 2012

      Hey Tim, yeah I do what I can I guess… haha

      Ah man, TIME… that golden thing we all wished we had more right? I think that as long as you have plans then you’ll be all right man.

      Thanks for stopping by and following up on the latest crazy experiments around here, take care! ;-)

  • Jeevan Jacob John

    Reply Reply October 12, 2012

    Now, that’s awesome ;)

    I can relate back a bit I guess, with product creation (once we get to the end of it, it seems a bit boring and maybe it feels that we should add more value, but the mood isn’t right, right?)

    Oh, well ;)

    This marathon will certainly help you, Sergio (get the break and get back on track, right?)

    7 kms, running?

    Wow, I can’t do that (I guess it’s because I eat a lot these days, I need to cut down the fat and focus on well being – your post really gives me some inspiration to do it, Sergio).

    Anyways, good luck :D

    And thanks for the book recommendations, I will take a look ;)

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 12, 2012

      Hey Jeevan, yeah man I think I’m definitely on that stage where I think maybe this doesn’t have enough value but that changed with a call yesterday, will write about it today actually.

      You can’t run 7kms? Of course you CAN!

      You just have to plan for it (if it is something that interests you of course) and go for it man, that’s how it works!

      I really don’t believe in the game changers that decide to never have a beer again, ice cream, a cake or whatever makes you fat because if you like that food, then eat it!

      But… make sure you have a backup plan so you can eat that and still be healthy.

      Thanks for stopping by and hope you’re back with us really soon with a new blog man, I look forward to it! ;-)

      PS. I just received an e-mail broadcast from Jay Abraham where you get access to a LOT of his stuff and I saw the pdf version of the book I recommend here for FREE

      (if I had known, I wouldn’t have bought it lol) so you can look for his site and sign up and I’m pretty sure you’ll get access to that including (maybe) the book I recommended here.

      • Jeevan Jacob John

        Reply Reply November 3, 2012

        Hahaha ;) Yes, I can!

        I guess that works ;) Oh, I don’t plan to stop eating at all, just cut down for now :)

        I don’t really like to read PDF versions (I usually look up books in Library; I need to look up whether they have his book or else I can sign up :D Thanks, Sergio!)

        • Sergio Félix

          Reply Reply November 3, 2012

          I bought Jay’s book only because I couldn’t find a kindle version on Amazon but if I’m dead honest, I prefer a LOT more having a real physical book than reading on my kindle.

          With the kindle I tend to leave my reading for later and with actual books, well… I actually read them lol funny how the mind works right?

  • Barry Wells

    Reply Reply October 12, 2012

    Hi Sergio,

    Thanks for the heads up on the books you’ve been reading and for giving your honest opinion of them.

    I can totally relate to your post and the fact that we need to look after our health. As you know I’ve been off sick for some time now but having had the first round of treatment I’m trying to get some things done, update my blog etc. and I’m finding that I still need to take time out to rest and let the recovery take place.

    As I sit at my PC I’m ok for an hour or two then my spasm kicks in and my thoughts are interrupted over and over so getting things done properly is very difficult.

    Once I’m up and about properly I’ll need to get back into shape so I’ll be getting into my wheelchair basketball again…. boy that’s gonna hurt ;)

    Best of luck with your training and keep going on your WordPress Tutorials, you’re nearly there mate :)

    Sergio, the text area of your Facebook like button is being hidden by the box just beneath the FB button mate, thought you should know.

    Keep up the hard work Sergio,
    Barry

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 12, 2012

      Hey Barry, no problem mate!

      I wasn’t aware you were ill man I thought you were just sick for a day or something like that, so sorry to hear that and hope you can recover soon my friend.

      Your condition sounds pretty bad, maybe you can take notes in bed or even dictate through software so you spend as less time as possible on the computer.

      A million thanks for stopping by Barry and spreading the word in all the social media channels, I really appreciate your kindness and wish you a prompt full recovery! ;-)

      PS. Thanks for the indication on the sharebar buttons, it didn’t display wrong in Chrome but it does on every other browser, looks like I’ll have to fix that soon so thanks again for the observation mate.

  • Linda

    Reply Reply October 18, 2012

    Hi Sergio!

    I’ve been seeing the emails about your training for the marathon, although I haven’t watched any of the videos, it looks as if your training is going well!

    That is great that you have taken the time to read all those wonderful books and thanks for the link to Jay’s site – heading over there now :)

    I too have cut back on beer – I gradually quit for 4 days straight, but I kinda broke that trend last night…I’ll go back to no beer again as soon as this case is done…certainly not drinking anywhere near like I did, that is for sure! I actually didn’t notice any difference whatsoever by not drinking, except maybe my ability to write (beer actually helps me write better sometimes..lol). I really was stopping in hopes to lose some weight and instead I gained it – go figure! Anyway, at least I am headed in the right direction or at least I hope ;-)

    I wish you the best of luck in the marathon and with your goals.

    Linda

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 18, 2012

      Hey Linda, what a pleasure to see you around here!

      Yeah I’ve been training for this marathon for a week and a few days, the race is very near now and I don’t know if I’ll be able to pull this off but I’m still going to compete anyway.

      I love beer but it definitely gets in the way when it comes to being productive, you should know that.

      I don’t have any problems with people that enjoy beer throughout the regular week days nor the times either (I’ve drank beers in the morning and feel no shame at all from it, my background is from a rock guitarist so I couldn’t care less what people think about what I do)

      As long as you keep it all balanced, it’s OK in my book so do whatever you need Linda and stay true to yourself.

      Take care and see you later!

      PS. You don’t miss too much watching the videos, it’s just me talking about the training.

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