Are You A Real Runner?

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If this whole running this is fairly new to you then you probably doubted at some point that you are a real runner. When we make a life change and try to move into new habits it takes a long time before the new habits feel like the real you. It’s easy to think of your self as a lazy person pretending to be a runner or even walker. In reality that is crazy. The only thing you need to do to become a real runner or walker is to get up and move. There is no qualification system, no times that must be met and most importantly no secret meetings that the real runners go to. Continue reading Are You A Real Runner?

Your Definition Of Success Can Change Your Point Of View

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I believe one of the most important things a person can do to have success is set goals. Because of my faith I am a fan of setting big goals and working as hard as I can for it and then letting God get me the rest of the way. Some people need to have little wins along the way to stay motivated and there is nothing wrong with that. So along with your big goal set some more attainable things along the path that let you know you are actually getting somewhere.

If you are running or walking either one you are doing more to improve your physical self than the majority of Americans. Celebrate that in and of itself as a win. Maybe you aren’t meeting the big goal you have for yourself at this time, but are you living into a lifestyle that is making you a better person? Are you working towards habits that are going to help you get closer to your ultimate goal? If so, you have wins to celebrate. Continue reading Your Definition Of Success Can Change Your Point Of View

Really Cold Runs Are In Our Future

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I have written on here before about cold weather runs and I know eventually it is going to get cold and stay cold. This weekend I was running in shorts and a tank top and sweating a lot. That is not normal for December. That is also not going to last. I don’t care what your beliefs are about global warming, at some point it is going to get cold and stay cold for a long period of time. Continue reading Really Cold Runs Are In Our Future

Watch-vs-App The GPS Battle – It Isn’t Really A Fair Fight

forerunner10sI have said it before on this site and I will say it again at some point, but you really only need a good pair of shows and some clothes you probably already own to run. With that being said, you most likely want to keep track of what you are actually running somehow and most people start off doing that with their smartphone. There are lots of apps available to track your runs, walks, hikes & bikes and most of them do a really good job of organizing the data in a way that will let you see your progress. Continue reading Watch-vs-App The GPS Battle – It Isn’t Really A Fair Fight

Why I Think Every Runner and Walker Should Enter Race

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If you are new to running or even if you have been running on your treadmill or through your subdivision for years I want to challenge you to run a race. If you have already done it good for you. I hope you enjoyed it and got something out of the experience. But, if you haven’t you may see images like the one above and think “No way, that’s not me.” Well you may be correct, because the people you see in the forefront are lean mean running machines. Most of us are not that. Most of us are normal people working our jobs, taking care of our families and trying to find some time to get out and run (or walk) to keep our mind clear and our bodies healthy. Continue reading Why I Think Every Runner and Walker Should Enter Race

The Perfect Run

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There are a lot of variable that would go into figuring out what would be a perfect run. First and most importantly it would be determined by what you are trying to accomplish. I perfect training run for a 5K would be vastly different than a perfect training run for a marathon. Neither of those would look like the perfect run for weight loss or a race. There are some common factors that I think we can all shoot for that would be part of a perfect run for most any goal.  I have narrowed it down to 4, see if you agree. Continue reading The Perfect Run

New Focus – New Diet

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If you have read much on here you know that running for me began as a journey to lose weight. It wasn’t a desire to become a runner or to create a running group/website. It was purely the fact that I was obese and didn’t want to stay that way. I started dieting and realized that being extremely strict with calories was difficult for me and adding running made the calorie equation easier to handle. More movement = more calories burned and that means that more calories can be consumed. Continue reading New Focus – New Diet

Being Cozy Isn’t Always Good

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If you and I have talked very long at all about running you probably know that my motto for running is: Running is a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to keep going and the part that wants to stop.

I firmly believe that to be true. Anyone that gets started running knows that when you come up to a big hill the battle starts. You may get a quarter of the way up the hill or maybe past failures have you questioning yourself even sooner, but at some point you start thinking “OK, I need to stop and walk.” Continue reading Being Cozy Isn’t Always Good

Running and Flinstone Vitamins…A Perfect Comparison

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There is at least some truth to the argument all serious runners have heard at some point. Running really can be bad for you. We are all aware of how running can make your knees and feet feel. It is OK to admit that running isn’t always a good thing. Does that seem like an odd statement from a group called Run Richmond? Stick with me here and see if you don’t agree. Continue reading Running and Flinstone Vitamins…A Perfect Comparison