On Having Fun…

I was watching one of my runners today and she seemed a bit tense.  Her shoulders were tight and she seemed a bit off when we started our track workout.  I told her to relax and tried to remind her to try to forget what was going on in life for a while and to try to run in peace.  She did relax a bit and had a killer workout.  Maybe it isn’t so easy to forget everything….but you can do your best.

Why peace?

Running is therapeutic.  It is relaxing.  It can be a place to retreat from life for a few minutes at a time when you need it.   There are days when life takes over and you get overwhelmed.  I get it – I have 3 kids, a business, I’m going to school for teaching – there are so many reasons not to run.  I try to get up every day and do it anyway.  The first step is the hardest – once you are out the door you are on your way….

Find some friends

Look around you – find a friend – find a local club – look on social media.  There are clubs that are looking for new members all the time.  For $25 or so per year you get running  companionship and maybe a few get togethers, etc.  It is totally worth it and helps you become accountable for your running and you end up running more because you are not alone.   Some like to run alone and that is their thing, but if you are tired of not having anything to go to while running, find people to run with.

Your troubles won’t magically go away – but for a few minutes you are allowed to forget about them.  I give you permission…  Sometimes when you get back you will be clear-headed and have a solution….

Running is a trial of many miles…. use it for yourself to try to relax and have fun….

Until your next good FUN run,

Coach Nick

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Why Do You Run?

People ask me all the time why I like running.  While everyone has their own reasons, my main one is that I really like to do it….and with people!  I love to run with people – it is a social thing I like to do and I look forward to my runs, once I get started (I do admit that sometimes half the battle is getting out of bed!)  The relationships I have made are worth every mile.

Why do I run?  I love the feeling I get at the end of the run, especially if I finish strongly after a short or long run and the satisfaction of finishing.

Why do I run?  I like how I feel when I’m in good shape, especially after a few good weeks of running.

Why do I run?  It is cool to be able to help other people with running as a coach or a volunteer coach for the town XC team and as a volunteer coach for my church.

Why do I run?  I do feel good when people ask me how many marathons I run and I tell them 23…. and the response I usually get.  I do like how I then tell them how I met a 74 year old runner who had run well over 150 marathons.

Why do I run?  I love the hot shower after a cold frigid weather run.

Why do I run?  I enjoy the priceless moments when my teen daughter asks me to run with her.

Why do I run?  I like the feeling of getting new sneakers…   and donating the old ones…

WHY DO YOU RUN?

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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 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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Being Prepared is the Key….. #NOEXCUSES !

If you’re not ready, you probably won’t do it…..   That goes for everything really, but especially for an early morning run, it’s paramount to be ready to go.  Sleep is that important and I don’t want to be rummaging around in the dark for everything at 5:30 AM…..  So tomorrow, we’re in for 16 miles starting at 6:30 AM.  My friend is getting me at 6:18 AM, so that means my alarm is set for 5:48…..  Why do I need all the stuff in the picture – let’s see:

  1. Shirt, shorts, socks….
  2. Running sneakers with orthotics
  3. Extra shirt – for after when I’m sweaty
  4. Towel – to spare my friend’s car (not pictured)
  5. Hat – just in case it rains
  6. Cell phone – gotta have it for emergencies
  7. Running belt
  8. 1 Gu for 1:30 mark (I take them every 45 min after 90 min)
  9. 1 8 oz electrolyte drink (Replenish – grape)
  10. 1 8 oz energy shot (4 oz eShot mixed with Replenish)
  11. Aquaphor by Eucerin – for putting on all the potential chafing spots
  12. Fiber bar – my breakfast
  13. Sun tan lotion – for my face – 2+ hours in the sun is not great for the skin
  14. 8 Hr Tylenol – take when I wake up for runs longer than 2 hrs
  15. Topical solution – if you have “to go” too many times, prevents irritation
  16. Ionix – Vitamin B bomb drink I start every day with
  17. Amped Power – creatine based drink that I use for hard workouts
  18. Running watch – stopwatch for track workouts; GPS for all else
  19. Flasher light – if needed for dark (not pictured / needed this time)
  20. Headlamp – if needed for dark (not pictured / needed this time)
  21. Keys……  (not pictured)
  22. Amped Recovery – my recovery drink that takes away the lactic acid

You can use this as your go-to list for almost any run from a 3-mile run to a marathon.  Obviously, the shorter the run, the shorter the list, but better to be prepared than not by checking off items from a longer list.

Happy Running

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