Feb 272017
 
 February 27, 2017

 

I’m sorry. This is just too funny not to mention.

As I was reading articles about how to organize clutter before a big move, I came across a website that offers a hypnosis for moving house stress. It’s $12.95. I mean, for the love of.. what will they think of next!?

I promise to post more fitness articles soon. I’ve been dealing with this “moving house stress” stuff 🙂

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Feb 222017
 
 February 22, 2017

For all you runners, I think you’d understand. (thanks kym!)

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Feb 172017
 
 February 17, 2017

Re: Running Shoes

Buy Running shoes during your lunch break. Afternoons are the best time because your feet are at their largest midday.

Heat Destroys. The trunk of your car is not the best place to throw your shoes. Heat damages the form & shape of the shoe.

Untie the Laces. Believe it or not, kicking off your shoes with the laces tied can not only ruin the fit, but the heel counter as well. (fyi- the “heal counter” is on the inside of the shoe between the lining and the outsole. Dont worry, I had to look this one up too.)

Softer Surfaces Preserve. Obviously, pavement and hard surfaces wear the shoe out faster. Grass and track are more friendly. So. Happy Trails 😉

* I’d love to know of any other shoe tips you’d like to add??

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Feb 152017
 
 February 15, 2017

With Amy:

And Treadmill:

This is how I plan to lose the few pounds I gained!

  • Amy’s meals (under 350 calories) for dinner
  • Lots of water!
  • No eating after 6pm
  • And 2 miles on treadmill, every night

One good habit I do have going is my Saturday long runs, usually about 9 miles.

Shouldn’t be too hard to lose, but with company visiting and travel the next month, things could get difficult. Stay tuned!

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Feb 102017
 
 February 10, 2017

Sometimes you’ve  got to go through hell to get to heaven.” – Dean Karnazes

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Feb 072017
 
 February 7, 2017

I never knew there was such a prominent link between being “a little bit” thirsty and having a BAD run.

But experts now say that if you are more than two percent dehydrated on a warm day, your performance goes down, down, down.

Here’s what to do to stay on top of it:

1) drink first: The rule of thumb is 8-16 ounces an hour or two before a run.

2) go cold: It’s a fact that the colder the beverage, the lower your body temperature goes, and therefore you can exercise longer. So opt for ice water before your run, and take a little extra with you in case you keep on going 🙂

3) be consistent: Here’s an interesting thought. While you are running (or biking, treading, etc) set your watch to beep every 15 minutes in order to rehydrate. Taking a few sips at frequent intervals avoids stomach sloshing. (I had the worst experience with this during my last race!)

4) just swish: If you can’t stand to swallow a sugary drink, new research says that swishing it around in your mouth can trick your brain into thinking it’s rehydrating! But beware, for runs over a half hour, try to find a drink you can swallow because although you may trick your brain temporarily, it ain’t stupid!

I hope these hydration tips gave you something to think about. Happy sipping!

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Feb 052017
 
 February 5, 2017

So in my brief history of racing (close to 3 years now), this was probably the one I was most disappointed by.

There were several factors that I should have considered, and I’m disappointed with myself that I didn’t think of them.

Here’s where everything fell apart:

1. I got to the “starting line” late. So I was in the last row (practically) and didn’t even hear the gun go off. It took a good :40 seconds of walking before I was able to get to a “run.”

2. Didn’t have a great warm up.

3. The majority of the course was hills – not good for a person who rarely does hill workouts.

4. My stomach. I dont know what happened. But around mile 2, my stomach started gurgling – really loud (I could hear it with my iPod on!) And the cramps – brutal.

5. My ego got the best of me. When I was about to cross the finish line, I saw 24:15, and I thought “well this just stinks. why push it now. my workouts are faster that this.” And with that, I strolled to the finish line, when I probably should have gunned it.

So.. I will redeem myself in another 5K coming up next month. I will, I will. Hopefully.

Finish time: 24:49 Pace: 7:59

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Feb 022017
 
 February 2, 2017

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -MLK, jr.

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Jan 312017
 
 January 31, 2017

We’ve all been there. We’re having a great run and then – out of nowhere- a cramp sets in, or the foot starts hurting, or a hill is a lot harder than you remembered. What to do, what to do.

Many people suggest reciting a mantra, and keeping your attention and focus solely on the mantra. Some recite phrases, others scriptures.. I like quotes. My mantra for the week is:

“Believe. Believe you can do it, believe you deserve it, believe you will get it.

It may not take the pain away, but a few minutes (or even miles) of a mantra distraction is a good thing. By focusing on the repetitve phrase, it’s amazing how you can block out negative thoughts that make the pain (or the hill) that much more unbearable.

So if you had a mantra, what would it be?

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Jan 302017
 
 January 30, 2017

“THE MIND IS EVERYTHING. WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME.” – BUDDHA

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