Where Have You Been?

You are questioning yourself…..  Those doubts…. I was injured and how can I come back?  I gained weight – how can I come back?  I was faster when I was 23 yrs old – how can I come back?  I am getting old – can I continue this?

Running is for FUN

We have to take stock sometimes that running is for FUN – the pressure we put on ourselves for PRs and records and statistics is meaningless if running has become a job to you.  Has it?

Everyone Has a Story

Your story may have been weight loss or disease or whatever inspired you in the 1st place.  Reach back to that place and get your inspiration back.  You did it before and you can do it again.  What is stopping you?

Just do it – this is your chance to get back what you had before.  You may not be what you were, but who cares….you are better than the original and that’s where you need to aspire to be.

Happy Running

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Is Going to the Gym for Everyone?

Obviously the answer is no.  But what are the alternatives that are cost effective and can have a huge effect that do not take too much time that you can do from your home?  Think about it?  Suddenly, the answers become shorter.  Maybe the gym has everything – a pool, showers, towels, weights, a turf area, etc.  However, you might want to do things on your own and on your own schedule and not worry about when things are open or who to go with.

Is Running for You?

This could be your sport.  You will walk to run, starting with only walking, and eventually running a little and then running more than you walk.  Same thing with working out.  Maybe you could do a 20 minute circuit at first and then eventually graduate to a 45 minute boot camp class after a few weeks – all in your house with videos and exercises that use your own weight to get in shape.

Transformation Tuesday…

This is transformation Tuesday…..time to get in shape for the summer, just 16 weeks away.   We are getting close and summer bodies are made in the winter.   What do you want for 2017?

Happy Running…..

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Running…the Cheapest Sport!

If you are thrifty like me as a former accountant or just looking for one of the most optimal workouts that gets you in shape the fastest relative to the amount of time you are putting into the exercise, then running can be for you.  There is no age limit, there is no place to limit you, there is no skill you need to know or learn to start and, other than a great pair of running shoes, there is no large up front investment

Positives…..

There is a relatively quick ramp up from walking to running, a quick increase in cardiovascular endurance and fitness; there is a large group of people who are all doing the same sport which generally welcomes newcomers with open arms;  there is a running partner for almost everyone…. People look at runners who have finished races with admiration.  You feel good when you are done and after you have been running for a while.

A Pair of Shoes….

That is all that is stopping you from starting.  Go to a great local running store….ask me for advice if local to Northern NJ.   What is holding you back?   Bring the shoes with you on vacation and business trips…. a pair of shoes and off you go.

Not too many sports are this easy to enter.  If you want to get better running gear, you can.  If you want to get all the gadgets, you can.  If you want to run races, you can.  If you want to run races away from home you can.  But nothing is necessary to just begin….  just a pair of shoes.

With only a handful of weeks before May and summer, this is the time to start.

Happy Running….

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On Treadmills….

Treadmill running……or “dreadmill” running as people often call it.  You have the choice to run outside, but unfortunately, there is ice or subzero temperatures or you are in an unfamiliar location…..and back again you are on that treadmill again.

Ideas Can Help….

It doesn’t have to be so bad, everyone!   You can be outside and potentially can get injured with black ice.  Instead, you are in the comfort of your own home or gym with controlled weather conditions.   I agree with you – if you are merely staring at a wall or at yourself in a mirror, treadmill running can be extremely tedious and boring.   If that is all I did, I would have hung myself a long time ago in my basement….. not really, but you get the point.

Mix it Up….

Get a TV and put it in front of your treadmill and watch your favorite show – or a live sporting event – or an action movie – or anything on DVR.   This will definitely make a difference.  Something like Rocky or Die Hard keeps me going.  Music!  Anything that gets you excited – put it on. Or watch a concert on the TV of your favorite band and kill 2 birds with 1 stone.  Lastly, change the incline, change the speed and change the temperature (open windows in the winter, for example) for different experiences in the same exact place. Have you ever tried to talk to a friend who is also on a treadmill?

Some Basic Rules….

Don’t forget to keep the treadmill at least at 1% incline to mimic the lack of wind resistance.  Buy a treadmill for you – if you won’t use bells and whistles, don’t get them.  If you run only 50 miles a year inside, don’t get the best model.   I will go over my treadmill buying tips another day.

Treadmill running does not have to be painful – you can change your perceptions.  If you think glass half empty, you will not like it.  Maybe you can like it more now?? A little?treadmill

Happy Running!

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On Lessons Learned…..

Sometimes you don’t know if you have gone too far until someone tells you that you did.  The lines are blurred until you are told not to do what you thought was right.  When the time comes that you need to straighten out, it is how you react that determines the future.

What did you learn?

You can become reserved and sulk and not learn from the experience.  You can also take it all in and move forward, enriched from what just happened.  If you didn’t take the chance, you would not have known what the boundaries were in the first place.

One coach I admire tells his athletes to go out a little faster in a race than they would have normally if they know that they are running with people that can help them improve. Even if they end up slowing down, the experience of having run faster will help them in the next race.

How will you ever know if you can run faster if you don’t practice running faster?  That is why we have track workouts, tempo/progression runs and races.  Racing is good practice for racing again and racing faster, no matter what your pace is currently.  So have you tried to hit your limit today?  Did you try to learn something new to improve for next time?

Happy Running!

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On Fun Running…

I sit here at school watching 4th graders run around during gym class and I see the joy i their faces. It is such a nice sight to see and it sparks a smile on my face. This is what I am doing as I write this opening paragraph.

Fun Fun Fun…..

Don’t make it a job to exercise.  Try to make it fun…:  A great workout partner or group, a dedicated coach or personal trainer, an energetic class, a goal to do something you previously thought was impossible – all these things and more can make exercise fun.  Exercise early or late, inside or outside, with people or without – but try to smile every now and then.  Things should not always be so serious.

Are you getting paid to exercise?

No – I am almost sure most of you are not getting paid to exercise.  So why all the pressure and glum faces?  The more fun you have, the easier it becomes – trust me.

Think about Phoebe Buffay on the TV show Friends.  She ran with one of the other characters on the show and had a very distinctive style – see below.  However her style, she had a smile on her face and had fun while running.   Think about the kids, smiling and running for fun.

Being able to run with friends, with good music, on a beautiful day, etc. is a blessing, so please enjoy it – it may not last forever.

Happy Running

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Try and Try Again….

It was 1976….I was in 2nd grade and we had a big “Field Day” at the local high school to celebrate the Bicentennial of the USA.  It was cool to take a school bus and go to the high school football field for a competition against the other grammar school children.  I don’t remember a lot, but I know there were sack races and other fun events.

Ready for the race…..

I was picked or volunteered for the 100 yard dash.  This was my FIRST race ever.  I was so excited – I had followed the Olympics in Montreal that summer and couldn’t believe that I was running a race myself.  I got on the line with the other boys and got into the ‘professional’ start position where my fingers were on the line and I was in the squat position, just like I had seen on TV.

The gun went OFF!  I took off like a rocket (or so I thought)….  I had the best start out of everyone.  Then 1 kid passed me…..and another….and yet another.  It was all blurry after that as I started crying and ran into my mother’s waiting arms at the finish.  I had LOST.   I was no good to run again.   I never wanted to race AGAIN.   That’s it.

Minds change….

In 7th grade Saddle Brook put on a local 5K that began and finished at the local Howard Johnson’s hotel and snaked along some back streets.  I entered the 1-mile fun run – did I remember my bad experience at my previous race?  The next year, I entered the race again – this time I ‘trained’ around my block with a couple of runs the week before the race.  The following year I joined winter track…then cross country and now, about 40 years after that first race?  I’m still running.

I could have given up way back when I was 7….but i didn’t.  Anyone can run and I can make anyone a runner.  What is your story?  Perhaps you are just ready for that next chance.

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