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101: How Adopting a Mindset of Abundance Can Help Your Running

Uncategorized Aug 15, 2019

 This episode sticks to a good mental approach to running and life at large.  The theme of the show is the abundance mindset. 

Overall, the abundance mindset proclaims that there is enough to go around, there is always more, and the universe will give you what you need and are asking for.  

The opposite of abundance is the scarcity mindset.  This approach suggests that there are limited resources so I need to get mine because there may not be enough to go around.  It says that that I cannot share because whatever someone else has takes away from what I can have.  

In this episode we connect the abundance mindset to running.  Some of the major points we discuss about scarcity include:

  • Not having enough time
  • Playing to win vs playing not to lose 
  • Attempting to preserve what you have rather than reaching for more
  • Missing the big picture for the minutia within the hard work
  • Working too hard at the wrong things or too many things
  • Negatives
    • ...
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100: The Running Family

Uncategorized Aug 08, 2019

 

In celebration of our 100th episode, we decided to try out an interview.  One of the inspirations for this podcast and the entire Real Life Runner company is to be role models for our children.  We thought we would see how that is going.  

In this episode, we talk about why we run and how running effects those around us, but we also get the perspective from our two daughters as our first guests on the podcast.  

We learn that both of us are better people when we run.  How the girls still miss us when we head out, but that it has become such a normal thing that they can handle it.  We ask them about how having running parents impacts our family. We also ask whether they think they will become runners, and why?

This was an interesting episode to record with varying attention spans and only one microphone, but it shows a few important lessons.  Those around you really are watching what you do. Your actions matter to friends, coworkers,...

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099: How categories can hold us back from the person and runner we want to be

mindset Aug 01, 2019

Travelling home always makes me think about how we tend to create neat and clean descriptions for the people in our lives.  The more rarely we encounter them, the more likely we are to group them with other similar people. Our brain likes categories for organizing large amounts of information because it simplifies the picture by blurring the details.  

Categories are dangerous because they blur the nuance and try to make people, objects, and action binary.  We discuss at length the idea that once you create positive and negative categories, it is just a small step to have morally good and bad categories, and that has serious repercussions.  

When I head home, my parents tend to still see me in the category of their kid who needs help and guidance.  I often fall back into patterns from long ago, where I did not have to make decisions, because they were being taken care of for me.  

Very soon, Angie and the whole family will be heading to her 20th...

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098: Maps and Destinations on our Running and Health Journey

Uncategorized Jul 25, 2019

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097: How to Be a Healthier Person Today: Your Health Evolution and How Perfectionism and Comparison are Sabotaging your Success

Uncategorized Jul 18, 2019

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Hope you enjoy it!! Let us know if you have any questions that you would like answered on our show!    

Thanks for Listening!!

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If you have a topic you would like us to talk about, please send us an email at [email protected]  or [email protected] 

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096: Should Your Running Coach Be Faster Than You?

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2019

Running is a fairly easy sport to judge because there are so many numbers involved.  If you check out social media you can very often find a mini-bio filled with numbers of races run and a set of personal bests.  On this episode we discuss the idea of whether it matters if your coach’s numbers are better than yours. 

In order for a coach/athlete relationship to work, there needs to be buy-in on both sides.  The coach needs to trust the runner to provide appropriate feedback and the athlete must trust the coach to provide running knowledge.  This knowledge can come from a book, experience, or both.  

We dive into Kevin’s background of coaches and his beginnings as a coach.  We cover insecurities with the starting of coaching and his evolution as a coach.  We also talk about Angie and the close relationship with her coach while having the physiological knowledge of a doctor of physical therapy.  

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095: Moving Outside Your Comfort Zone

mindset training Jul 04, 2019

Running can be a challenge and it can get especially hard when we are adding in workouts at higher intensities.  Naturally, when we find a workout that we are good at, we are going to want to repeat that workout. That’s where we can get into a little trouble. 

Over time your body will become very efficient at accomplishing your favorite workout, and you will stop taking in significant benefits.  It will not be pointless, and certainly not negative, but you will not be progressing very much.  

When you want to see improvement, you must put your body into a state of stress.  You must move outside of your comfort zone. You must first recognize what your comfort zone is, and then try something else.  

On this episode, we talk about how Angie and I have very different comfort zones, and what we both need to work on that makes us feel uncomfortable. 

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  • Find a race distance you do not normally run
  • Find a pace you...
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094: How Running Affects Our Immune System

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2019

 

For years, we have been taught the lesson that if we workout either long or hard, our body will be so tired and so busy repairing itself, that our immune system will be compromised.  We have possibly experienced a cold following a big race, or have heard anecdotes of friends who fell victim to the dreaded post-race illness.  

On this episode, we look into the research and discuss the current scientific understanding of exercise and our immune system. 

First, let’s start with this:  the immune system is incredibly complex.  There are dozens of cells used together inside the body to fight off infections and diseases in a complicated dance that we are just not getting into.  Many of the studies checked for levels of specific markers, or one of the immune system cells, in the bloodstream. When results showed a drop in cell count, it was concluded that the immune system was weakened.  End of story.  

Second, many of the studies...

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093: Why you should incorporate running drills into your routine

Uncategorized Jun 20, 2019

 

Running drills are an often neglected aspect of a complete running plan.  

Newer runners may not understand how to perform the drills or may not see them as something of value they should add.  

Veteran runners with experience in the drills can start to ignore them in the name of fitting the workout into a short period of time and trying to maximize time running.

Either way, these runners are missing a solid component of a training plan.  Drills allow runners to improve range of motion and mobility, improve running efficiency, incorporate body weight strengthening, and optimize a warm-up before a workout or race.  

Running drills also allow runners to view running as a skill that can be practiced and improved.  Running seems fairly simple, but without well established form, running can quickly lead to injury.  

In this episode, we cover several varieties of drills and when they could be best incorporated into your plan.  

  • Part of a warmup...
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092: I Can't, I Won't, I Will

mindset Jun 13, 2019

Today’s episode is a lesson in word choice and how internal control is much more fulfilling and leads to greater long term success than external control.  

The premise of the show is this difference between telling yourself that you can’t do something versus telling yourself that you won’t do something.  

The ideas surrounding the word “can’t” are very restrictive and confining.  Whether you are moving forward in a health journey from an eating or running perspective, there are certain rules to follow that say what you can and cannot do.  When you do not connect to the rules, or you had no say in the creation of the rules, people tend to rebel and push back against them.

Can’t puts the control or a set of rules or beliefs outside of you.  It can feel safe, but it cannot provide real joy. When the control is external, it can be magnified when the rules do not seem to apply evenly to everyone.  Just as two...

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