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Time has Changed, Weather is Cooler, It might be Lighter/darker at Your R egular Run Time November 9, 2014

Now that in parts of the USA we have “Fallen” back  in time as Daylight saving time has impacted us again.

Has this changed your workouts?

1) have you changed time of day?

2) Location of runs?  (hopefully not the dreaded TM..

3) what are you wearing

4) are you safe?Reflective, flashing lights, tell friends/family where and when

5) do you run more or less as it gets cooler/colder?

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YOGA for RUNNERS – Flexibility, Balance, Breath July 19, 2014

 

As an athlete for most of my life- even before I joined little league I was part monkey, part circus performer and luckily made of rubber as I felt out of trees- off bicycles – and got up and did it again the next day. Organized sports arrived with LL baseball at 6 and I was at the plate , in the on deck circle or practicing for the next 45 years. One thing I learned was the value of proper warm and flexibility. With this I learned to stretch, how to stretch and what to stretch.

This flexibility and work ethic to remain flexible has limited the injuries I have sustained and prevented those that were unavoidable from being catastrophic.

I read many books on stretching and watched a few movies and videos (remember them)- now I can go to you tube or others and see any kind of stretching or exercise.

I later attended a yoga class ( at age 44) and realized that many of the stretches I practice are adapted from or are actual yoga “asanas” .

Poses– A sampling of poses that can and will be helpful for any and every runner. These are especially helpful for the “fun-runner” that hits the road 3-5 days a week and jumps in the occasional 5k/10k and maybe even a marathon BUT also works 40-50 hours and needs some help relaxing and recoveri ng from the workout and work.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/yoga-for-runners_n_5507342.html?ir=Health+and+Fitness

 

               Some Yoga in video form-

                           Why do Yoga?

http://blogs.yogajournal.com/activeyogi/2013/06/more-reasons-athtletes-need-yoga.html

 

 

Early Morning Motivation [or What gets You going} July 13, 2014

    

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Old shoes….useful for muddy work along stream and the trail

 
Of course the title assumes (ass out of…) you are a morning runner, like I am, {if not apply to your daily plan]
I ALWAyS wake up early- usually close to 4. This was especially bothersome to my parents but they figured a way to keep me quiet…But it was helpful in college when sleep was a silly luxury. 
Since most of us are busy – finding the daily time slot to exercise is a challenge but not impossible- I am blessed to survive on the sleep I get so early a.m. is my workout time slot.
 
Most days I get up and GO !!!  But some days I am up BUT turning on the “motor” (or as the song says- “get the motor runnin, ..”
 
Some days I hit the bike, others I take a hike on local trails or just go for a walk….I need to move and get a dog so I can have the dog-walk option for low motivation days.
 
QUESTIONS:
 
1} How do you start your workout
-get dressed
-stretch
-warm-up
-??
2} Do you have to trick yourself? (fake it til you make it?)\
-pretend you feel good
-Just go and see how IT feels
-do another activity
3} Push through until it is OK
4} Skip it and double up tomorrow (not recommended 😉   )
5} Reward yourself for ongoing persistence
-Do you reward milestones
-Big or little
6} Do you have Goals?  
-How do they help/hinder/hurt you?
 
As for me- my legs feeling solid and running/workouts going well- Need to Just do it like some company says.
 

Running a different Ideas about Training and Preparation June 19, 2014

 

* Gardening and maintenance- Misc thoughts-

http://www.pearltrees.com/s/file/download/83607135/

http://atrolink.blogspot.com/p/integrated-food-feed.html

* Watering and Irrigation ideas

http://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/clay-pot-irrigation-simple-adaptation-ancient-technique

 

Pain Free and Injury Free ( at least new Injuries) Running and Fitness February 28, 2014

I have become a fan of the ideas in Chi Running. After running for 20+ years with football knees the skills in the book (and DVD/website) really help eliminate/limit pain and injury.-

http://www.chirunning.com/blog/category/157/pain-free-technique

One really good example of the wisdom of the Chi Idea.-

http://www.chirunning.com/blog/entry/healing-running-injuries-with-the-bodys-wisdom

There are lots of ideas and theories about staying pain-free- The basics are- TAKE IT EASY, Get REST, Eat Right- Have Fun.

This site has lots of great posts and stories-

http://www.painfreerunning.com/

 

Mental training Goes Along with the Sweat – Keep You Going December 28, 2013

Filed under: Attitude / Brain training,Training — bigfootmarty @ 3:40 am
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Mental training Goes Along with the Sweat – Keep You Going

What you keep in your head with each of the 2000(avg) steps each mile and what you say to yourself the rest of the day/week when you are not running makes an important impact in your workout program and life.

Why are you running?

Why did you start running?

What do you want out of this program / effort?  This year…..5 years from now (sounds like a job interview.

Are you fighting disease or staying healthy?

What do you do for the mental side of fitness?

–    Keeping your brain and “head” in the game-program:

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-ways-to-maintain-a-positive-attitude/

–  Not specifically fitness or physically focused but perfectly adaptable

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/9-ways-reach-your-fullest-potential-every-day.html