Sprinting to the finish (or trying to).

About one year after witnessing my first Ironman 70.3 as a spectator, I found myself standing on the beach in Santa Cruz, California, about to race into the water as a competitor in that very same race. My reasons for signing up were myriad. I’d been a distance runner for a while and wanted a new challenge, but I didn’t want the lifestyle interference that came with 20+ mile training runs. …

This post originally appeared on onemedical.com.

Whether you’re looking to get in shape, you want a more productive way to manage your stress, or you just want to get outdoors more often, running is a great way to incorporate fitness into your daily routine. As with any other physical activity, running comes with some risks, but those can be mitigated if you follow some simple guidelines. We spoke with sports medicine specialists to get their recommendations on the best ways to start — and keep — running.

Consider starting with a visit to your primary care provider (PCP).

We’ve all heard the disclaimer — “Consult a physician before starting any new…

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If you’ve ever received a high medical bill for what you thought would be a relatively straightforward office visit, you’ve probably become acquainted with your health insurance deductible.

While we’re used to deductibles when it comes to automotive or home insurance, health insurance deductibles can leave many of us scratching our heads…or feeling frustrated by the high cost of our bills.

Know your deductible amount.

Your deductible is the dollar amount you must pay out-of-pocket for certain covered services before your health insurance begins paying for your care. …

This post originally appeared on onemedical.com.

The holiday season can truly be the most wonderful time of the year. Who doesn’t love indulging on the season’s best foods and checking out neighborhoods decked out in lights? But between social obligations, shopping, and celebratory meals, it can also be stressful. The good news, though, is that sneaking some stress relief into your busy schedule can be easier than you thought. Here are a few ways you can approach it.

Get some exercise.

Sometimes, the last thing you want to do after days of family and friend gatherings filled with rich foods is hit the…

Or how I spent my Christmas vacation

Podcasts are great. But trying to figure out which podcasts to listen to? Less great.

In December, I ended up having a lot of time on my hands and was able to listen to quite a few of them. Some came as recommendations from friends/family, some I randomly stumbled upon, and some came from “best of” lists. I tried to note where I’ve listened to full seasons and where I’ve only listened to a few episodes.

Bag Man I LOVED this podcast. I’m a political nerd, but I’d never given much through to Spiro T. Agnew or what led to…

Everyone gets a little stir crazy in the Olympic bubble. Whether you’re figuring out the intense security protocols or marveling at the way the buses deftly barrel up winding mountain roads or, you know, watching the world’s best athletes win medals, there’s a lot going on. And around the midpoint of the Games, I needed a little bit of a break. When you’re running five different social media accounts and tending to other communications odds and ends for multiple Olympic sports during the Olympic Winter Games, time is not something you have in excess. …

This post originally appeared on launchsquad.com.

Recently, the San Francisco content team attended The Bold Italic’s The Sum Conference. The event brought design-oriented individuals into one place to share their experiences with creativity. The speakers ranged from self-taught dancers (YouTube sensation Karen X. Cheng) to Stanford University professors to artists (including Candy Chang, the mind behind the Before I Die project). Here are a few of the key lessons our team took away from the experience.

Creativity Starts with Comfort One of the easiest ways to start down that road is to find an environment that you feel comfortable in…

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Contrary to popular opinion, psychology is a lot more than talking about your feelings. Psychology is defined as “the science of mind and behavior.” And while myself and my fellow psychology majors did talk about feelings from time to time, we spent a bigger chunk of our days thinking about… well… thinking.

So how did I end up in PR?

Virtually all of the theories and ideas that public relations is based upon are rooted in psychology. Trying to influence consumer attitudes about a client? There’s psychology behind that. What about the best time…

February 5, 2014, was a day I had been anticipating for quite awhile.

My suitcase had been open on the floor for days, and various pieces of clothing had been sorted into piles long before. Even though living several hours from my family has made me pretty adept at packing at the last minute, here I was, carefully plotting out outfits weeks in advance. That’s a pretty clear indicator that I’m excited about a trip.

Granted, this trip was different. This trip was to somewhere that was likely going to feel more foreign than anywhere else I’d ever been. I…

Riley Steinmetz

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