Tag: #fitness

Lots of Fads Out There

My wife and I went to a cupcake store and were a little surprised when we saw a sign for “Keto Cups.” The “keto” or “ketogenic” diet is the latest diet fad that’s actually been around since the days of the Atkins Diet. The idea is to deprive the body of simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar or even fructose (the…

When You Need A Win

I’ve been in a funk lately. I’ve been grumpy and short-fused with people I care a lot about. I’ve been even worse to people I don’t care for. The reason for this is simple, and it’s something that I’ve seen coming every year right around this time. I’m not going to go into details of what happened — because suicide…

Should You Use A Bike Helmet?

Ah, those crazy public health people and their crazy recommendations. “Vaccinate,” they say, but you still have outbreaks where vaccinated people are hit with the disease they were supposedly immunized against. “Wash your hands,” they argued, but people who wash their hands still get gastrointestinal disease. “Wear your seatbelt,” they proposed, but people die from seatbelt-related injuries all the time.…

Like riding a bike

The last time I rode a bike was ten years ago when my brother and I participated in an adventure race. (Yeah, I rode it a couple of times after that, but it was during the race that I rode it the most. I didn’t ride again after that summer.) So I was feeling a little nervous when I climbed on…

Feeling the “Speed Force”

In one of the episodes of the television series “The Flash,” the titular character gets a bomb strapped to his wrist and told to run. In a spoof of the movie “Speed,” he is told that he must run very fast or the bomb goes off. As he is running at full speed around Central City, he radios in for…

Fitness Friday: Managing Stress

My brother in-law is a fitness junkie. If there is some way out there to get healthy and stay healthy, he knows it. So I was surprised when he asked several of us for any recommendations on books about handling stress. It’s not that he doesn’t know about it. He just wants to know how to communicate about stress with…

Talking Tuesday: Why I run

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A lot of people ask me why I put myself through the pain and agony of running five miles, ten miles, or a half/full marathon. To them, it seems like I’m losing the battle against my weight, so why bother? Why not just try some pill or something to lose the weight? Well, running is not all about losing the weight. It has other benefits as well, as I explain to you in this very short Talking Tuesday podcast.

You can also download the audio file by clicking here.

Jog/Walk around Boston Common

I went for a jog/walk around Boston Common today. It was a beautiful day out. And it was a great way to try out my Hoka One One shoes in an actual jog and not a walk. (I’ll post a review of the shoes once I use them for about a month.)

2.27 miles in 32:45 minutes. Not bad, right?

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I ran this!

“8 Stages of Marathon Running” from BuzzFeedVideo

Ah, yes, the different stages of running a long distance race. When I ran the Baltimore Marathon in 2005, I remember feeling pretty good about it in the first few miles of that crazy adventure. Then, around the halfway point, I thought I was going to die. But then I powered through and felt like I was going to die at mile 20. The last clear memory I have of that race is somewhere about mile 25, when someone yelled at me that I should party like it was 1999. You see, 1999 was my bib number.

After that, I don’t remember much until I woke up in the medical tent and I was taken to an emergency room for rehydration. I had finished, apparently. They gave me a medal. I have a finishing time. But I don’t remember it much.

That’s why I find this video hilarious. If you’re a runner who’s run a marathon (or even a half marathon), you’ll appreciate this: