I am a 56 (going on 57) year old who thirteen years ago experienced the worse hell I ever thought a human being could ever live through. After working hard and studying even harder, my wife of almost thirty-five years and I found ourselves in Central Asia broken, angry and depressed with all our hopes and dreams lying on an airport floor as we were escorted by the police of the country we were serving in out the door.
The last thirteen years have been fueled by my friend and mentor’s one sentence comment as he met us at the…
The best lessons in life often do not come from the most amount of effort we expend. Quite the opposite, the best lessons often come when we quiet ourselves and just be still.
American culture is surrounded by outcome-based results — revenue produced for the company. Hours worked, studied, or practiced — gains made by your effort. Our culture is full of measurement tools that send us into competitive overdrive all too often.
There is a minimal emphasis placed on the benefits of being still and quieting your effort. I actually stumbled upon this whole stillness attitude by accident after…
When I began running just over ten years ago, it was out of desperation to get out of the downward spiral I found myself living. I was forty-six years old, overweight, drank and overate daily, and had such a negative self-image that I thought more about what I couldn’t do than what I could do.
Then, I went for a run.
My life didn’t change instantly, but gradually as I continued to run, I noticed that I benefitted more mentally from running than physically. This result was noticeable in approaching my marriage, career, and other personal bad habits that were…
Too many Americans cast a ballot and either check the “R” or “D” box because they’re too lazy to research the politicians craving their votes. This will be the same laziness exhibited by most Americans regarding a spending bill that will come in over $1,900,000,000,000 ($1.9 trillion).
Read all 591 pages of wasteful spending to repay all the special interest groups that got out the mail-in votes to get President Biden elected.
Here is the link to the actual legislation, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
There are many areas of this legislation that are appropriate and should be…
As the global pandemic begins to draw to a close and offices start to call employees back, runners may have some adjusting to do with routines built up over the last year. Nobody wants to lose the progress we’ve all made as runners as we shifted to a new normal. There is no need to panic though. If you remember that running shorts are frowned upon in the workplace you can stay employed.
Additionally, returning to the workplace will justify the real reason we run. Now we can afford the entry fees for races that will slowly start to come…
Many people want something for nothing. They’re not willing to put in the work to be successful.
Many see others’ success and believe that the successful ones had an unfair advantage on the road to success.
Many believe if they could just get into “that” country, or “that” city, or “that” position, then they’ll be successful.
They’ll pack up their belongings and their families and make the trip to wherever they think success will be most comfortable to get.
Many never realize that wherever they are, there they are.
When they get to “that” place and success still elude them…
I recently ran an 8-hour trail race directed by Athletic Equations, and in our swag bag was both a very nice technical shirt and a bumper sticker with the title of this article on them.
For eight hours as I ran the beautiful trails in Lake Anna State Park near Fredericksburg, Virginia, I bounced this whole concept of “Run Ultras, Not Your Mouth” through my mind.
The longer I ran, the more convinced I became that innocently, Athletic Equations were clued into something essential for our society today.
I’m not a coach nor a fitness expert, but after a string of injuries in 2017, I knew I needed to develop something to keep myself running healthy until I am 100.
My go-to source for knowledge on anything running has been a company out of Boulder, CO, that has an unlimited supply of advice. Training Peaks is a trusted source with knowledgeable coaches and athletes that won’t steer you wrong.
An article on the Training Peaks website, “Ultramarathon Recovery: Race Hard, Recover Harder,” was the genesis for developing my personal recovery plan.
Have you ever had one of those years where everything started on a high? And then suddenly, all that momentum gets sucked out of you?
I imagine that for many, that was what 2020 became. Great start, and then as you’re motoring through a gorgeous trail run, a root reached up and tripped you. As you lay on the ground, glasses crumpled, hydration pack straps torn, and your ankle badly sprained, you’re left wondering if you had been better off staying in bed.
I can’t count how many years I’ve started with everything clicking, only to find myself getting knocked…
One of the biggest reasons people give for not working out is, “I don’t have time.” Quite frankly, based on the pandemic, you don’t have the time to make that excuse.
More than ever before, your health and fitness may depend on you finding the time to focus on fitting fitness into your daily routine. If we’ve learned one thing from the global pandemic, it should be that being healthy should be at the top of our list of things to do.
When you talk to people who can’t find time for fitness, you will usually find that they’re just…