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?
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
I 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
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 article linked was sent to me the this weekend and I think the idea behind it is dead on. I can’t verify the 40% percentage, but the general point that your body can do so much more than you think it can is dead on. Continue reading The 40% Rule
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
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
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
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