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Runner’s Crack

Some of you know that I’ve picked up running. If you’ve been hiding under a rock you may have missed:

Fat Man Running

Or even: Fat Man Records Video While Running

I’ve been working my butt off, running, and I’ve never felt better… Except for the constant ache in my legs because I’m stupid enough not to stretch appropriately. I’m going to get yelled at for that.

run like the wind
(Used under Creative Commons, thank you Lazojoey!)

However, as I mentioned in my post: Under Every Rock I’ve been using MyFitnessPal and Runkeeper to track calories and activities. I’ve found a community within them. They’ve really helped me with my goals. From July 1, when I embarked on this crazy mission to lose one fifth of my total weight (I won’t tell you where I started,) I have lost 18 lbs, an average of 1.4 lbs a week. I can’t argue with that success.

Until this week I had been using some interval training (run for a couple minutes, walk for 30 seconds) to get up to a full run. I’ve done full a run a couple of times, a 5k (3 miles) and a 10k (6 miles) but I’d never been able to do it on my normal morning runs, too many hills, until Wednesday. I set out, in the fog and the cold, and just let my body take over. I was panting in some places, I was sweating all over, but I completed it. 5.2 miles, all run. And for a couple of those miles, I felt good, really good. Just like this guy describes in his post.

In August, I ran 50 miles; in September, 54. — That’s like running from Downtown Portland to La Center, and back. The thought of that is dizzying.

One of the commenters calls it: Runner’s Crack.

It’s sure better than plumber’s crack.


Under Every Rock

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. I spend a great deal of time on Facebook & Twitter. I am a social creature by nature. But I also spend time on various other social networks, what I find most amazing and appealing about them is how often I am engaged on them, in a way which is more meaningful, deeper, and more encouraging.

Foursquare: I absolutely LOVE and ADORE foursquare. Why? It’s serendipitous. I don’t mind people knowing where I am; which is often the objection I hear of people using location-based social networks. Interesting enough, I often find some of my most hilarious comments have come from places that I have checked in. Furthermore, I have always said, in case of emergency, or if I am ever reported as “missing,” you’ll know the last place I was and how long ago, you’ll be able to direct search and rescue. 🙂

Runkeeper – I’ve taken up running again, hence the earlier “Fat Man Running Posts.” I have been using Runkeeper to track my adventures and I am often struck by the amount of encouragement I receive from others when I complete a particularly difficult run, it’s something I look forward to. Also, this has given me a way to connect with others who are working towards their goals. It has been super inspiring.

The most surprising place I’ve found user engagement has been MyFitnessPal – I originally signed up on MFP to track my calories and to further make sure I was reaching towards a goal. What I’ve found is encouragement, helpful tips, and non-judgement moments. I’ve even started exploring the forums as a way to find others who are working towards the same goals or those who are having a rougher time staying focused. It’s been quite rewarding.

I’m not breaking my arm to pat myself on the back here, all I’m really doing is saying that you should check out all your networking opportunities, you never know where you are going to find some great connections, even with those who you already know.


I think I might have a role in motivational speaking.

Today I ran two new personal “bests.” A new personal best for distance. 5.3 miles and a personal best set of average minutes per mile at 11.31.

It was really tough, but I have set a goal for myself and I’m currently reaching for that goal.

I have ~240 pounds of carcass to drag around, and if I can do it for 5.3 miles, what’s stopping you from reaching your goal?

Also – Check out this great video!

Don’t Mind the Heavy Breathing

I’ve been running lately, and I’ve been street running lately. I figured it was harder to give up when you still had to get back home. At any rate, I live in SW Portland. If you know the area, it’s HILLY, there are HILLS everywhere. Not hills, but OMG BECKY! RUN FOR THE HILLS, hills.

So if you’ll pardon the heavy breathing. This is precisely at 3 miles of my 3.2 mile run.

Oh. And the sweat.

New Year, Old Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

Every New Years’ eve we hear the same question over and over. “What is your New Year’s resolution?” Mine is always the same. I don’t make any.

No goal is going to be achieved by making a snap decision on a “random” day and expecting to stick with it because you told someone on the last day of one year or the first day of the next year.

Statistically, most New Years resolutions are broken by the end of January.

Use me as an example. I want to enrich myself personally and professionally. Not just within 2011, but continuously.

Let’s look at some typical “resolutions”

I want to be healthier and lose weight.
I took up running and I’ve established a goal of running a half-marathon in 2011. To accomplish that goal, I have to complete many hurdles. First, I have to start to like running on a regular basis. That took me about two months to get used to it. Then, not only do you have to like to run, but then you have to start running outside, and sharpening up, for speed and distance/endurance. You shouldn’t make that decision lightly or glibly. You should plan, prepare, and execute.

“I want to further my education”
I wanted to better myself professionally. My thought: Never stop learning. You could read hundreds of books or you could hire someone to coach you through everything or you could take classes. I went back to school. The process is not an easy one, I couldn’t have just walked onto campus and said, “I want to start taking classes” and then been in classes in the next day/week. It took me 3 months to get everything squared away, and it’ll take me two years to complete my degree; fortitude, that’s the ticket.

I want to manage my money better. (Or I want to put more money in savings)
Money, it's a crime (Used under Creative Commons Licensing: Thanks Kiki99!)
This one can be a little more difficult. In that we have to change our thinking and our habits. You have to look at the things you spend your money on and whether you “need” or NEED them. Things like Rent/Mortgage, utilities or debt obligations are fixed items. I started out by just making a rudimentary list of what I spent my money on, where it was going compared to what was coming in and each month, I made little spending changes to better organize where my financial position was. This all takes time and effort. Not a quick-fix change of your mind.

I’m not saying that the end of one year and the beginning of another isn’t a good time to make goals for the next year. The only thing I’m saying is don’t make them because you feel you have to, make them because you really want to be better or have better things. Being healthier, smarter or financially secure are never bad goals to have, but their easier to accomplish if you work at it.
These things have worked for me in 2010 which leaves me in a much stronger position to keep them going in 2011. Start now, but ensure that you’re going to keep going throughout the year. Take small bites, you won’t feel stuffed so fast.