There is some law in the cosmos that says, since it is such a core for me, it will not come easily. This works across the board. In so many areas in life we may see something great, something that inspires us, that rings true in us. Something that we really want to do or be, but it always seems just out of reach. We see progress towards our goal, but then the rug gets swept out from under us, and in that moment most people think that all is lost. They think that trying is useless, because every time they have tried, something happens and it all gets taken away...Read More
Tomorrow is thanksgiving. There will be family and friends over. Laughter and memories will be shared and enjoyed. There will probably be some sort of a turkey bowl played. Football watched on the big screen. One of my favorite parts, will be the naps after the turkey dinner. All this to celebrate the wonderful harvest that we reaped from our local grocery store .
I know that the celebration of the harvest, the original reason for thanksgiving, has expanded to so much more than a harvest. We now have a variety of jobs to provide for our families, we enjoy cars and bikes, trains and planes, and all forms of transportation to allow us to enjoy life in a variety of ways. Our technology that allows us to call our friends, Google something, and play a game all at the same time, anywhere in t...Read More
I call these my 30 second motivators. They motivate me long enough to get out the door and start running. Here are a few of them.
I have many others that I use, but of these Which is your favorite?
Do you have others that you like?
That is Why I Run.Read More
I have always loved running. I talked about that in my about me section and I also have a post on it. I always will love running, if my legs have anything to say about it. Recently though, running has become something new to me.
Sure, long runs are my favorite. For me, right now, a long run is about 6 miles. It takes me a little over an hour. I keep my heart rate at about 145, and I just enjoy my run. This is my form of relaxing…wow, I never thought I would say that and really mean it, but after a few months of serious running, it has become true… Running is Relaxing!
With every run being similar to a long run, I actually started to digress. My 5k over the past year has gone from 27 min, to 33 min. Sure, my recovery is only a matter of an hour or so, but I have not been pushing...Read More
Too many runners, run with their shoulders. As their right foot goes back, their left shoulder rotates foreword, as opposed to their left hand swinging foreword. When you run with your shoulders, your arms really don’t swing much, your body is just twisting.
You need to do what is called blocking. Blocking is where you prevent one part of your body from doing something so that you can give more power to another part of your body. One example, that I really hate when it happens, is when you trip while running. Your foot is blocked, and this makes your upper body move a heck of a lot faster...Read More
I love to watch a beginner runner grow, develop, and improve. It really doesn’t take much, and they are on their way to catching the running bug. One of my favorite improvements to see them go through is posture.
I love how you get someone out on their first run, and for the first little bit they have great posture, especially if we just talked about it, but then as the run progresses, their real form comes out. Their head comes too far down, or too far up. They start to bend at the waist instead of the ankles. They sit back into their run. They show you what they need to work on.
The head: Have you ever seen someone running, walking, or even just sitting there and you can see every nose hair that they have? Their head is tipped back, and their eyes are looking down on you...Read More
The day you stop feeding your dreams, is the day that you stop living.
Today, for me, ended up being a feed my dream type of day. I am not talking about wishing, or hoping, but really feeding your dream.
About a month ago I wrote a whole series of blog post about goal setting, and step one is to really know your dream, so today, I went to a small local airport.
I was able to get out on the runway, there was a nice breeze, I closed my eyes and spread my arms.
I reached out with my right hand and pushed the throttle foreword in a slow steady motion. I felt the engine start to roar in excitement, my seat held a nice steady vibration, the prop spun faster and faster until I could barely see a blur of it, and I began to move foreword.
There was a steady pressure of my back pushing up against m...Read More
I really hate the line, ‘I am not a real runner.’ What constitutes a real runner? Someone in the 2 hour marathon range? That narrows down the field to an elite few, and I know that there are more runners out there. Maybe it is someone who has ran a race. This opens up the field quite a bit, I know a lot of people that have put one foot in front of the other for a 5k. That is still not my definition. I say that everyone who gets out there is a runner. If you lace up, and step out your front door, in my mind, you are a runner.
There are different levels of runners, and I am slowly turning into one of the runners that I use to joke about. You know the ones...Read More
Getting use to the weather is difficult. The winter is definitely coming, and I have always felt it difficult to transition from summer training to winter training. It is so much easier to listen to that little voice in my head that says that you don’t need to go out and run, the cold will just burn your lungs, your muscles will not move properly, you should not run.
Where I live this is incredibly difficult, most of the time there is no real fall weather. Our seasons really just go from summer weather, usually a week of fall weather, and then the snow comes.
I have been preparing for winter training for a couple months now, both mentally, and physically, and yesterday I was able to put it to the test.
Snow stuck to the ground the other night, opening the first run with snow on the ground.Read More
I went out running with my friend the other day, and it was actually a lot of fun. This was her second time running in a long time. She is fit, but she is self proclaimed, not a runner. I told her that anyone who puts one foot in front of the other is a runner, but I could tell that she does not really believe that…yet.
She actually was the one who invited me to go running with her. She knows that I love running, and wanted to pick my brain a little. I knew that I would not really profit from the run, but lucky me, it was my rest day.
We went out, and you could tell that she did not really know what she was doing...Read More