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042: Keeping a Journal, for running and for life - the benefits and how to start

lifestyle podcast running Jun 28, 2018

 

Journaling is an incredibly healthy habit that seems to be done in some form by basically every successful person.

In this episode we discuss journaling from two very different perspectives. Angie has always had her daily planner going back to at least high school.  It has helped to bring focus and structure with to-do lists. It has provided a source of reflection and a guideline to thanksgiving.

On the other hand, Kevin has tried to keep a journal since high school.  It has repeatedly proved unsuccessful although it does feel really good during the week or two that it lasts.

In this episode, we discuss the benefits of journaling for life and specifically for running.  We cover the sense of accomplishment, the organization, and the ability to look back and recognize patterns and causes of both high and low points.  

Angie lists numerous options for what to enter in a journal, while always starting with gratitude.

We cover what type of information you...

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041: Are We Having Fun Yet?

podcast running Jun 21, 2018

As much as we focus on training, goal setting, and lots of details to running improvement, sometimes it’s nice to step back and remember that all of this running is supposed to be fun.  

There are days that we do need the big goals to get us through a rough patch that tends to show up during the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter. However, at the end of the day, your running should provide you with some level of joy.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How running can provide happiness through stress relief and meditation
  • The joy and other benefits of running with a group.
  • How ignoring your goals may provide happiness for some people, yet focusing on goals and competition brings about happiness in others
  • We wrap it up with a connection of how happiness matters in all areas of life from nutrition to family.

Ultimately, there are plenty of ways to enjoy running and when you finish you should remember to put a smile on your face.  

Go find your joy!

Hope you...

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040: Do All Miles Matter? Chop Wood, Carry Water...

podcast running Jun 14, 2018

 

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.  After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. 

This Buddhist statement about chopping wood and carrying water highlights the importance of fundamentals, no matter what stage you are at along your journey.  

It is important to understand that improvement in running, health, or really any worthwhile venture happen over a long period of time and through many small (and seemingly boring) steps.  

While the allure of the Instagram worthy workout or magic training secrets are attractive, the truth is that getting better simply requires consistency towards a goal.

In running, the recovery distance, stability exercises, and mobility work are the foundation of great achievements.  

Do not discount stability, as it is likely the reason you are not injured.

Do not ignore mobility; it is fixing that small ache before you are sidelined.  

Do not regard easy runs as “junk” mileage, because they...

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039: Going All-In

podcast running Jun 07, 2018

 

What's the point of training if you're not all-in?  Do you believe in your training plan?  Do you believe in your support system?  Do you believe in yourself??

Today's society seems to be overruled by FOMO, the fear of missing out.  People are always looking for the next best thing and don't want to be left behind.  People are always second guessing if what they are doing is the best thing or if there is something better waiting around the corner.

What's the best training plan for you?   In truth, there are a lot of good training plans out there, and most of them work.  There are some that have more focus on distance and some focus more on speed, but most will work.  However, they aren't going to work if you don't commit to them or if you jump from plan to plan looking for the fastest results.

Buy in.  Commit.  Succeed.  That's the theme of today's episode.  

We talk about: 

  • Belief in your training plan
    • There...
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038: Running Without a Finish Line

podcast running May 31, 2018

 

In this world of immediate gratification and all information at our fingertips, everyone wants a quick fix and immediate results. 

Want to get in better shape? Try HIIT training.

Want to get faster?  Try sprints.

Want to lose weight? Try extremely restrictive diets.

Want more money? Click one of those online ads to make $25k this month.

Running isn't like that though.  Distance running is about slow and steady results.  We need to look at running as a journey rather than a single destination.

There is a great benefit to building the aerobic base, but it does not usually deliver quick feedback.  Classic periodization builds a big base and then tries to use speed later in the season to refine the aerobic base into speed.

New runners and old runners off of a break try to circumvent this strategy by hitting speed early and can see positive early results.  In the long run, pure speed will reach a limit quickly and progression will likely stop,...

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037: Running in the Heat

podcast running May 24, 2018

 

 Summer is coming!  It’s important to be aware that heat and humidity can change running in many different ways.  Down here in Florida, we understand the importance of dealing with heat and humidity, but this is important no matter where you live.

Let's review of what happens to body temperature when we exercise: 

  • Body temperature goes up so the body sweats to try to cool it body temp down
  • Body cools down as the sweat evaporates from our skin
  • Body also sends more blood to the skin to cool us down, but during exercise the blood is also being sent to our working muscles - this can lead to overheating
  • Body can divert more blood to skin, but then not as much going to muscles, so muscles have to work harder to produce the same effort

Heat in a dry climate:

  • Dry air evaporates sweat from your body almost as quickly as you’re producing it so you can become dehydrated much more quickly.
  • As you become more and more dehydrated throughout a run, your...
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036: Overcoming Running Fatigue - Mind vs. Body

podcast running May 17, 2018

 

 

Why am I so tired?

Runners know what it is like to be tired.  As real life runners, with jobs, families, and other responsibilities, we definitely know what it is like to be tired.  But what exactly is fatigue?

Scientists used to try to figure out what exercise-induced fatigue was through strictly physiological models.  They figured that the body just ran out of fuel at some point, which caused us to feel fatigue. They talked about fueling, the build-up of by-products in the body (why do you think everyone knows about lactic acid!?), and the other physical changes that occured within our cells.  

Sure, that can explain fatigue, but is it the whole story?  As busy parents, we know that it’s not just physical things that cause us to be fatigued.  When we have a lot of mental stress or a million things going on in our lives, we can feel tired, even though we may be getting enough sleep or eating the right food.  What, then, is the...

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034: Running Unplugged

podcast running May 03, 2018

 

 

Maybe you are one of those runners that never leaves the house without headphones.  Maybe you are one of those runners who can't stand the idea of having something in your ears.  We have each been both of those runners at one point in our running journey.  Which one is which now?

There are definite benefits of running with music and definite benefits of running unplugged.  Which is better?

Today we talk about:

  • The benefits of running with headphones
  • How music can help cadence
  • How running with headphones can help productivity
  • How running with headphones can help you run longer and farther
  • The benefits of running unplugged, without headphones
  • How running without headphones can help you tune into your body better
  • How running without headphones can improve your view of the world around you
  • How you can use your runs to connect better with others
  • And so much more! 

 Hope you enjoy it!! Let us know if you have any questions that you would like...

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033: When A Race Doesn't Go Well

podcast running Apr 26, 2018

 

 

Sometimes racing goes well.  We have that day when we hit a PR and all is right in the world.  Then there are those days when it doesn't.  We don't hit our goal, we don't PR, and we feel like crap.  

Kevin had one of those races this weekend and today we talk about what went wrong.  There a lot of gems in this episode, so we hope you like it.  

We talk about: 

  • Mental strategies to use when you're not feeling it
  • Different ways to block out the pain
  • What to do when you just want to throw in the towel
  • And so much more!

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

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032: When More Doesn't Make You Better

podcast running Apr 19, 2018

 

 

In a world where everyone wants more all the time, is that really what is best?  When is more a good thing, and when is more just, more?

This is a big pitfall for a lot of runners.  People get better and faster when they start adding more miles or more speed work, so they think that continuing to add more will continue to get them better and faster.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  

More mileage will make you a better runner.  Speed work will make you a faster runner.  However, we can't just endlessly add mileage or keep dropping times in our workouts just for the sake of doing so.  Many times, our bodies are well-served by maintaining a given training level until our body has reaped all of the benefits from that level before moving on to the next.  

Today, we talk about: 

  • The 4 fundamentals of running that every runner needs to focus on in order to continue to reap the benefits of training and stay healthy...
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