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Well, If running the Buffalo Stampede and joining Team ASPCA wasn’t enough for 2013, why not sign up for my first full marathon. Just a few days following my 45th birthday I will be running in the 31st annual California International Marathon. For those that know me, I ran my first 5K just days following my 44th birthday. A lot has changed in a year. My running has progressed nicely so far (knock on wood and shake the chicken bones). I already have one half marathon under my belt and hope to have another done in October. So wish me luck as I embark on another running quest. Hopefully the journey and destination will both be amazing.
Even with all of the modern conveniences of life today it can still be very hard for people to find or make time for exercise. Those who commute long distances to and from work can certainly attest to this. The United States Department of Health and Humans Services recommends that people get 150 minutes of physical activity per week at a moderate intensity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity. If you are guilty of skipping your physical activity try some of these tips.
1) Make a plan
> An old Staff Sergeant of mine used to say that “Not having a plan is planning to fail.” One of the best ways to make something stick is to find a chunk of time that you will be able to exercise and enter it into your cell phone calendar as a repeating event the same way you would…
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One of the most common debates in training is whether it is better to base workouts on time or distance. In the world of ultra races, running based on time is an accepted approach, even in competition. (In 24-hour races, the runner who covers the most distance in the allotted time wins.)
The popularity of using distance to gauge a workout might be due to the fact that most races are defined by their length. You’ll be hard pressed to find a training plan that doesn’t include specifics such as 400-meter repeats, a 2–4-mile tempo run or a defined-distance long run.
In hopes of shedding light on some of the differences between running based on time and distance, a recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise tested 38 children in a 750-meter run. While most of…
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Nobody needs to know the benefits of running when they first add it in their routine. Walkers who switched to running have discovered that it enhances positive feelings, elates the body and mind. While running, the person puts himself through various challenges of fatigue, aches and more physical work. Not to worry, because this is just a sequence of gearing up. All athletes and runners will experience an afterglow and mind revitalization that is part of the sport.
The endless list of rewards just keeps on coming for the rest of the day even after your routine ends. Consider a small list of rewards that will change your mind and compel you switch plain walking to running.
- It uses more calories
- It is more relaxing and rejuvenating
- It improves the tendency of the body for sustained physical energy
- It offers a sense of accomplishment
- It has more freedom than any…
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Morning runners may get their workouts out of the way, but Summer is the perfect time for a cool evening run. Here’s how to motivate to get jogging after work instead of heading for the couch.
If you’re tired: Heat, humidity, and hectic days can make it difficult to look forward to a run after work. To help motivate you to get out there, use a few tricks to re-energize. Drinking lots of water or an iced decaf coffee or eating a pre-workout snack in the afternoon can be all you need to get back on track.
If you’re busy: Between dinners with friends and entertaining out-of-school kids, your Summer calendar is filling up fast. But if you find that you’re skipping out on your runs because your evenings fill with errands and events, it’s time to make your fitness a priority. Put your runs on the…
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So I decided I wanted to try my hand at combining my new found love of running with another cause that is near a dear to me: Pet adoption, prevention of cruelty to animals and pet health. There are many causes out there and I wish I could give something to all of them but I am starting with helping critters. I feel some people think of animals as disposable where as I think they are a huge part of the symbiotic nature between people and our own earth. They can help save lives, bring joy to lives of the young and the elderly, and are part of our families. People should be wardens of those who cannot always help themselves and I believe that includes animals. I have chosen to run for Team ASPCA in support of the ASPCA as they encompass the values that align with mine on this.
I have never participated in fundraising other than giving monetarily to various causes. I am kind of a blank slate at this point but am learning new strategies every day.
Here are ideas I am working on now. Some are in the works and other I am just mulling over.
- Use social media to spread the word. Predominately interacting on Facebook and Twitter.
- Email friends and family.
- Email sports companies, mainly running gear suppliers.
- Planning a rafflecopter raffle of a prize pack of some sort.
- Perhaps having a virtual run via #Anywhere5k using donated items as prizes.
- Asking a company to sponsor a twitter chat to raise funds and awareness.
Has anyone else gone through this recently? Any tips would be appreciated.