The Pitfalls of Recreational Running

I have never made a sports team that I had to try out for. Granted, I only tried out for volleyball one semester in high school, so that’s not really surprising. The point is, I’m not competitive. I’m a recreational athlete through and through. Most of the time I don’t even compete against myself. I’m just out there to be out there. You could say that my training plans are looser than a Ferengi’s morals. So, it’s no surprise that, as a runner, I was nearly felled by recreational running injuries. At least, that’s what I took away from this…
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Some days it just doesn’t happen, and that’s ok

So I was hoping to post fun photos from my Sunday 7-miler in today’s post… but Sunday’s 7-miler just didn’t happen! Some sort of storm was trying to blow into Reno, and while I can deal with running in heat, cold, rain, or dark, running against wind is simply nasty, doubly so when you’re running past vast undeveloped lots subject to dust storms. When we first moved into our house here a few years ago, before more of the lots were developed or any of the yards were landscaped, we had at least two Burning Man quality whiteouts. As far…
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Videospiration: Ben’s 120 Pound Journey

Ben Davis lost 120 pounds and became a happier person through running and triathlons. Then he used Coldplay to summarize the experience and made me cry.* Watch this clip, then spend your Saturday wisely! In January 2009, I made the decision to get a grip, get out of my depression, and do life. I started running and started a blog. 120 pounds lost, but much more gained. This is how far I’ve come. *Yeah, that’s probably just PMS talking. Cupcake Wars would make me cry right now. But Ben’s video is still pretty inspirational. Via @dailymile.

Essential Gear, Part 2: Heart Rate Monitors

Remember Tip #5 from Wednesday’s post? There’s no better time to try it — new users are eligible for two free audiobooks. Click here to sign up. I listened to the first two chapters of Hunger Games on my run last night, and it was awesome. This is the second part in a multi-part series of what kinds of “essential” fitness gadgets are out there, whether you could possibly live your life without them, and whether they’re worth it anyway. Essential Gear, Part 1: GPS Devices Heart rate monitors. The first time I saw one outside of a doctor’s…
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How to Start a Fitness Program

So you want to start a fitness program? Congratulations on completing the difficult first step of your goal: Making the decision to get active. Now that you’re committed, what do you expect from a new fitness program? Be honest. Are you going to get fit, even if it kills you? Or do you just want a little more energy to keep up with the kids? Do you intend to work out every day, perhaps twice a day, until you’re climbing mountains, swimming oceans, and running with gazelles? Or are you looking for 30 minutes a day, three or four days…
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