Let’s Go Streaking!

Let’s Go Streaking!

Challenges, Competitions, Exercise Deep Dive, Exercise Ideas, Making Change
Recently, I embarked on a different kind of streaking adventure – one that involves putting on a bunch of extra clothes as opposed to the other. Inspired by an Instagram challenge, I joined a group on Strava (a fitness tracker/social media app, for the uninitiated) to run every day in December. The mission? Simple: hit at least one mile daily. Never having attempted a run streak before, I saw it as an intriguing test. There’s a lot to gain from such a commitment: consistency, discipline, and a blend of mental and physical challenge. Plus, it’s a real test of daily recovery when it’s an exercise streak. Week One: Dodging the ‘Too Busy’ Bullet My biggest fear initially was actually just getting busy and forgetting to go. There were a couple…
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Read This Before Buying Those Shoes!!

Read This Before Buying Those Shoes!!

How To, Tech stuff
Ready to hit the road, track, or trail? Before you lace up and take off, there's a crucial decision to make. What shoes to wear? Just like choosing the right tool for a job, selecting the perfect pair of running shoes can greatly impact your performance and comfort. From cushioned giants that eat up the miles to featherlight speed demons built for bursts of velocity, the world of running shoes is as varied as the terrains they conquer. As companies continue to diversify their selections, fit and style may not be the most useful of metrics anymore.  Today, I’ll dive into some of the nuts and bolts of modern shoe design and, hopefully, provide you with a bit of clarity you can take to your local shop in order to make…
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Workout Music Motivation

Tech stuff, What we're up to
2019 has arrived and I am going to spend a lot of time out here in cyberspace imparting what I think I know.  It is my hope that you will look forward to explorations of health and fitness with me and that we both will learn and experience a few things along the way.   Before we get to all of that lets first just have a little bit of fun.  One of the things that I do for myself is to create interesting play lists for my workout times.  In particular, for cardio sessions, having a strong cadence to run to, or some powerful lyrics to energize me can make all the difference.   For a strength session I sometimes go with a book or interesting podcast.  I prefer a podcast…
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THE BEST LAID PLANS

book recommendations, Free Programs, What we're up to
Last summer, when I started running and getting more serious about getting strong enough to run, I used a daily planner to help keep me on track. I think I got this idea from another fitness blogger so nothing really original there. I laid out a plan that I would follow every week and would log daily what I had accomplished. It helped me to see what was working and, sometimes more importantly, what was not. This became incredibly useful when I got gluten/soy poisoned in late summer. Like Superman’s Kryptonite, I crumble when these two substances get to me. First, the migraines start followed by an unrelenting fatigue. It takes about six weeks for everything to clear up and feel human but then another six before my superpowers return…
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My 1/2 MARATHON WRAP UP

Competitions, Making Change, What we're up to
Two weeks ago I accomplished a long time goal of mine. I completed my first half marathon!! Since my early 20s I wanted to complete a half marathon but due to various illnesses and injuries it was never really achievable. Two and half years after major surgery and many lifestyle and food changes I was finally healthy enough to run 13.1 miles. As I said I had wanted to run a half marathon for a long time, however, my journey towards running didn't really start until May 2015. While picking up my son, Jack and my husband, Jason from Bloomsday that year my son said five words to me that motivated me to start running. "Mom, why don't you run?" Over the years as a trainer I am always amazed…
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