Archive for January, 2012

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#Running Community

January 24, 2012

For the uninitiated or those who think they are too cool, the pound sign in the title is not a typo. Regardless of your reasons for abstention, Twitter is all around us and growing more pervasive each day. The “hashtag”—as that little tic-tac-toe board is known within the social networking superpower—is meant to group together terms which can then be ranked as popular and easily searched.

But what does any of that have to do with running? Anyone who has run an organized race, gone out with a running club, hashed, or just jogged with a friend, knows the brand of camaraderie that running engenders. The bond over a mutual interest which can often involve a varying degree of both pain and ecstasy is quite strong. Running is an all natural, old-school kind of social network. Read the rest of this entry ?

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My First Barefoot Experiment

January 17, 2012

All of us runners are a little strange in one way or another, right? Our non-runner friends always inquire why we would want to be on our feet for so long only to end up at the same place we started, exhausted and malodorous. At times, I cannot figure it out either. We keep at it through cold weather, extreme fatigue, dehydration, and stomach problems. Then there are the injuries. Oh, the injuries. Sore knees, twisted ankles, angry IT bands, and pulled hamstrings to name just some of the common runner ailments.

Recently, I wrote about hurting my Achilles by stupidly running on sneakers with worn out support. It started feeling better after a week of rest, ice, and a healthy (but safe) does of ibuprofen. Then I ran on it for about an hour on a nearby trail with a buddy. Though it felt good during the run, by the time I got back home it was screaming once again. That was a Monday. By the subsequent weekend I was fed up with the prospective of this once-a-week run pattern. Or worse. Read the rest of this entry ?

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“Not” Resolutions for 2012

January 1, 2012

Happy 2012! Hope everyone had a fun, celebratory New Year’s Eve. Now we arrive at January 1, New Year’s Day. This is a day when everyone decides to make a list of things they want to do for the coming year. It is a time for people to say they are going to visit the gym more, eat better, or run more miles.

For 2012, I propose we make some “not” resolutions for our fitness goals. We should pick things we do not want to do. Pitfalls we want to avoid. By steering clear of those downfalls, we can progress faster to our ultimate objectives. I am sure there will be people thinking this is not the right way to go about resolutions because it is not being positive enough. Quite the opposite though, this should be about advancing yourself by reducing that which blocks your path to success. If it does help, you can always re-frame it in a positive light. Read the rest of this entry ?

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