Tag Archives: running

Curve Balls in Life

I don’t know anyone that has a perfect life. There will be curve balls but it is how you react. Many know about my toxic levels of Vitamin D which is rare. First, I became advocate for my own health which you have to do today. I wanted to know why and what causing high levels.  Instead letting the Nurse Partition-er say it is okay to live that way, I wanted to see a specialist. I wanted to feel better, not feel crappy all the time. I am happy I did. My kidneys were causing it to elevate. My 1.25 kidneys has had problems processing red meats, so now it is all meats. Stopping eating them and feel better. Vitamin D at kidney level is good but the higher level is still high.  Cutting back on endurance events has made my kidneys happy too. It is how react and push forward that your life moves forward.

My glass is half full! Now if I can get faster! 

Be Smart on the Bike

Spring is here in New England with warmer weather coming which more people biking. Safety should be on the mind of all cyclists and everyone on the road.

A friend and I are having this argument: he doesn’t believe in bike helmets and likes to listen to music with his iPod. He lives in New Hampshire which has a motto: “Live Free or Die”. Yup New Hampshire does not have a law that requires cyclists/motorcyclist to wear helmets.

I believe in safety 1st! That includes wearing helmet, not listening to music and signaling  not just for other cyclists but also drivers of cars and trucks. Yes he is a rebel singing to his own tune but he won’t be doing it with me or my cycle friends. Being smart on the bike includes respecting your environment, cars, runners, walkers, cyclists and others but you will also live longer. We all need to Share the Road!

 

Earth Rock Half Marathon Practice Run

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Tomorrow at 8 AM, there will be group running the Earth Rock Half Marathon course in Amesbury.  We will start at Water Street lower parking lot in Amesbury.
Pam asks that anyone interested email her to let her know that you are planning on attending as well as your average pace so she can group you together.
You will have the option to run the entire course or a 10-mile leg.
Also, you will be in charge of bringing your own hydration.
Pam’s email: pahouck@gmail.com
Happy Running!

What is the Voice In Your Head Saying?

Yesterday, Outside magazine had an interesting article, “The Voice In Your Head Will Make You a Better Runner.” Today, so many runners run with music because of the iPods and smartphones. But when you run a race, many races don’t allow headsets because of safety issues. Triathlons don’t allow any headsets/music at anytime during or you are disqualified.

When you are running with music outside, you are missing the point of the workout. Use nature as your music, birds will sing your way through run to allow you to meditate. Disconnecting from the music/smart phone allows your brain to clear and take a break  from everyday problems to solve issues faster. But it is the self talk that pushes you through the exhaustion  So when real life is challenging, you will be stronger to deal with it in positive, not as threat. Past couple of years, I had many life challenges but I got through it positive attitude.

So next time you run remove yourself from the music to contemplate your life challenges.

 

What is Your Special Place

Cyclists, Runners and Triathletes have special place that they can go to unwind. Last year, when I moved to live on Lake Gardner, I realized I was steps away from running on trails at Woodsom Farm. Today, I just couldn’t do the bike on the trainer but be running outside on this lovely spring day.  When I run to the top of Whittier Hill, I feel I am in the Sound of Music with the views. The pictures below are the views from the top of that hill.

 Woodsom Farm Lake Gardner and Powwow Hill

 A place to sit to contemplate or meditate

I am looking forward in a few weeks when the flowers and leaves on the trees.

Let me know what your special place you like to go to contemplate or Zen or meditate.

Decisions Do I or …

As a triathlete/runner, I am always making decisions for my training and my clients. It is January, I am in my 2nd Base Phase. Today schedule called for running hills for 5-6 miles but weather this morning was 15 degrees with wind chill of 5 degrees. Already started to feel my sinuses not happy and cold can trigger a migraine. My decision was to get on the bike for 50 minute doing 3 sets of tempo (flat and hill). Sinuses thanked me for that. Okay now when will the run happen? Tomorrow after I teach Triathlon Swim early, I will do a Fartlek/Interval run for an hour on the track at work. It will be quiet because of the snow. Thursday easy short bike and run.

Living in New England, you have to be smart and flexible with your training for January and February. When my triathletes and runners switch their workouts around, I listen why. They are being smart to know their limitations and they get it done. It is not worth to get injured or sick then you start go backwards.

What do you skip in your workouts?

What do you skip during your workouts that impacts reaching your goal?

Many of you skip recovery, stretching, massage and/or Self-Myofascial Release. But these are your key ingredients to successful training from losing weight to competing in triathlons to road races.

To get everyone in the habit as part of daily workouts, I am doing a 6 week Self-Myofascial Release Program starting tomorrow at 7 pm at Latitude Sports Clubs in Salisbury.

I seen many people in the gym foam rolling but not getting the full benefit.
Each class will focus on specific part of body. Using new techniques
With Foam Roller and Balls.

We will also be doing Yin Yoga and Active Isolated Stretches.

Download registration form, fill it out and go to Latitude to sign up: self-myofascialreleasejan2017