#1 Reason to Run…Being Chased By Pirates

sparrow Chased

Getting outside to get moving with a good run or walk can be an extremely enjoyable event. Many people, myself included, look forward to time out there thinking and enjoying the idea that this is making me healthier. Some people though just don’t buy into the idea of running or walking. Continue reading #1 Reason to Run…Being Chased By Pirates

Two Magic Words….Me too!

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I seem to be constantly talking about running in my post, but I want to make sure that everyone understands that I am for the most part referring to moving, not running. I firmly believe that most people today need to move more to be healthier. I don’t just mean physical health, but also mental health. Getting outside and moving gives a person time to process life. Doing it with friends give you a chance to build relationships. Continue reading Two Magic Words….Me too!

Muscle Cramps – Bananas vs Water vs Pickle Juice….Or Does It Even Matter

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My entire life I have fought muscles cramps. I have had cramps in my legs, toes, feet and even had my lower jaw get a muscle cramp one time. That one brought tears to my eyes. I can’t tell you how many times I have leaped out of bed in the middle of the night to get pressure on my foot. Cramps are never fun, but for me getting woke up by one, while dead asleep is absolutely the worst.
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Cool Saturday Run

The group run this morning was cool in a couple ways. The temp was 43 when we took off which was definetly cool, but also it was cool getting to meet some new people and talk about running. The group is growing and new faces are showing up. I love meeting people, especially runners.

This group has a lot of trail runners so be on the lookout for a group trail run soon.

How Running Played A Role In My New Life

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Over the last few years my body and life have gone through some pretty dramatic changes. I have discussed on here that I have lost over 50 lbs. this year with the help of running, but over the last few years my mind and soul have been getting healthier as well.

I have decided other times in the past that I wanted to lose weight. This time though I didn’t want to lose weight, I actually wanted to get healthier. I had realized that without changes I wasn’t going to be around for my wife and daughters long term. I was selfishly eating things that made me happy, but ultimately they would be paying the price at some time in the future. When that really clicked in my mind eating better became easier and I knew running would get help me reach my goals. Continue reading How Running Played A Role In My New Life

Long Runs

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Longs runs are the foundation of any training plan for a marathon or half marathon. You need all types of runs to meet your race goals, but none are going to be as effective for getting you ready for a race than the longs run. The benefits are just for racers though. Every runner can benefit from weekly longs runs. All of the benefits of long runs are too many to list, but I want to cover a couple. Continue reading Long Runs

Ice Bath…Can You Handle It

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Before my daughter started running cross country I, for the most part, would say her pain tolerance was about a 4 on a scale of 1-10. She wasn’t big on pushing through things or the whole No Pain No Gain theories. It wasn’t long into her first summer training with the team that she was having some soreness after practice and it was suggested she try an ice bath. So you have to picture this middle school girl sitting down into a huge tub filled water and more ice than Coors uses for its cold brewing. She sat in that water, which came up to her chest, for 8 minutes. We soon found out that frequently team members, especially the boys, give up before their timer is done. I immediately jumped her score in my mind from a 4 to at least a 7. Continue reading Ice Bath…Can You Handle It

Trail Runs…A Leisurely Trip Through The Woods?

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Trail running is a completely different sport than road running. Your average runner that will run a few 5k races per year or maybe even bump up to a 10K or Half Marathon love to find flat courses so they can run fast and PR. Trail runners must accept the fact that no matter how much you train finishing is not guaranteed. What is guaranteed are those hills the road runners are trying to avoid. Continue reading Trail Runs…A Leisurely Trip Through The Woods?