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071: Pre-Race Anxiety and What To Do

Uncategorized Jan 17, 2019


It’s race week for the Real Life Runner household and with that comes this week’s episode on pre-race anxiety.  The episode gives us a chance to discuss the concept, talk about our own emotions heading into the upcoming race, and cover some methods of calming the nerves.

 We start with a major point that everyone is going to have some feelings connected to an upcoming race.  It is simply natural to have an emotional reaction when a big event is coming. What is under your control is not the feeling, but the name you give the feeling and the response to it.  Instead of nervous, rename the feeling excitement. This works the same way that fatigue in a race can be interpreted and a sign you are running fast enough.

 Next we discuss the causes for extra anxiety during the week before a race.  The list is lengthy as to why a race could be given greater importance, but it comes down to expectations.  Racing is an unknown and when...

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070: Sneaky Signs of Overtraining

Uncategorized Jan 10, 2019


New year, new you!  It’s time to go all out on training.  You have signed up for a race and it’s approaching rapidly so you need to get your running cranked up.  Enthusiasm is great, but can lead to some major issues involving overtraining. In this episode let’s cover some signs of overtraining, how to avoid it, and how it may sneak up anyway.

Overtraining can pop up whether you are a new or seasoned runner and it’s signs can be subtle at first.  If you are not paying attention, you can find yourself wiped out and burnt out and probably hurt.

Some early signs to looks for include rating heart rate and generally how you feel on a run.  Keep daily track of your resting heart rate and notice if it seems like the number stays elevated for several days.  It will likely pop a bit after a hard workout, little sleep, or an extra drink or two on a night out, but will come back down.  When it does not come back for a few...

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069: How Your Starting Line Still Affects Your Running Today

Uncategorized Jan 03, 2019

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068: What Are You Waiting For?

Uncategorized Dec 27, 2018


As we wrap up the end of the holiday season, and especially Christmas in this household, the idea of delayed gratification has been forefront in my mind.  We were able to watching our two little girls count down the days until they were done with school and then until Christmas morning. It seemed like every day our little one would announce “I can’t wait until Friday!”  After I asked why I realized she was actually talking about the Friday that was 12 days away.

In this episode we visit the idea of goal setting from the perspective of delayed gratification.  Goals should be large enough that they cannot simply be achieved tomorrow because they will not having any lasting satisfaction.  This applies to running and our physical well being, but also to job promotions and new businesses.

Beyond waiting for a large goal, there is the satisfaction that comes from working toward a goal.  When the goal you set truly matters to you, the...

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067: How Gratitude Can Improve Your Running and Your Day

Uncategorized Dec 20, 2018


 Gratitude is an incredibly important quality to carry with you throughout the day.  It frames how you perceive everything around you and tilts the day in a much more positive direction.  

In our busy lives, one of the things that is very easy to skip past is the feeling of thankfulness and gratitude.  Angie and I both like to start the day bringing to mind 1-3 specific things that we are thankful for. She actually takes the time to write them as part of her journaling practice.  Maybe I’ll get there next year.

When the day starts with gratitude and then is followed by a to-do list, this list becomes a series of blessings or challenges that require a solution.  When you open just with the list of items to check off, then each item can become one more thing that you must get through or endure.

From a running perspective, it is a much nicer experience when the run, or the few minutes before you start, can call to mind your thankfulness for...

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066: Running Through The Holidays

Uncategorized Dec 13, 2018

The holidays can be so busy, with holiday parties, Christmas concerts, gift exchanges, and family and friend get togethers.

Where does running and health fit in?  

First, let’s think about the benefits of fitting in running

Running and healthy eating during the holidays are ways for you to take care of yourself PHYSICALLY.  Running builds strength, helps to control the balance between energy input/output (aka calories).  Eating healthy allows you to get the nutrients that your body needs to give you energy and avoid stomach upset and that sluggish feeling you get after eating highly processed or heavy foods.  

Running through the holidays is a way to care for yourself MENTALLY.  It is a huge source of stress relief for many people.  It releases those good hormones called endorphins, which help us to feel happier and more stress-free.  It helps to decrease that guilty feeling.  You know that you always feel better knowing you got...

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065: Running Gift Ideas

Uncategorized Dec 06, 2018

Best running gifts

The best gifts are something that the recipient wants but does not want to buy for themselves.  The gift is removing the barrier of spending money on something they they could live without, but don’t want to.  

Here are some of our favorites.  Find most of them at this link.

Running-specific gear: 

  • Stay safe and keep your loved ones safe.  Make sure you are visible when running in the dark.  Our favorite is the Noxgear Tracer360
  • Super watch - check for signals before dropping the money on something like this.  It is amazing, but not if the user does not want it - Our favorite is the Garmin Forerunner 235
  • Running shoes - plug your nose and look at their shoes - make sure to get the exact style and size, as we are a picky group.  If you are not sure, take a picture and bring it to your local running store, they will know. Need a stocking stuffer, get tech socks!  It’s a sock present that people actually...
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064: Treadmill Running Workouts (and Tips!)

Uncategorized Nov 29, 2018

 The treadmill.  I have heard it called many things.  The dreadmill. A winter refuge. A shelter from stifling heat or powerful thunderstorms.  A human hamster wheel. The long road to nowhere. Cardio.  Personally, I like to think of the treadmill as cheap therapist that I can occasionally visit on a long lunch break or while the team heads out for a distance run.  

Whatever your relationship with this gym staple, there is one aspect we can all agree upon, it can get really boring.  Mile after mile of not actually going anywhere gets a bit tedious. On this episode, besides some basic tips on safety and general treadmill guidelines, we are going to provide some workouts that you can add into your training when you end up trapped (or blessed) on a treadmill.  

First, let’s get some basic safety out of the way.  

  • Do not run while holding the front or side handles. If you cannot keep up, slow down, but do not grab on.  
  • Never jump...
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063: The Importance of Speed Workouts and Fast Food

Uncategorized Nov 22, 2018

Life moves fast and sometimes we need to step back and enjoy the moment or expand our point of view and look at the big picture.  That is not the point of this episode.  That was last week.

Sometimes we need to move fast.  We need to get in a speed workout to test our physical potential.  We need to get four lunches packed, get in a full day of work, shuttle the kids to four places at the same time, and have a healthy dinner on the table.  That is this episode.

Running at a relaxing pace is great.  It serves some major benefits and is most ideal for runners just starting out or coming off of a break.  But let’s be honest, easy running day after day can get dull really fast. Also, you will not truly come near your physical greatness without some speed work.  

Speed work physically helps you with strength and range of motion, but not to the level that you should skip strength days or mobility exercises.  It can also help your...

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062: Slow Down: The Importance of Going Slowly in Running and Eating

Uncategorized Nov 15, 2018

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  This quote from the iconic Ferris Bueller drives home the importance of going slow.  There are plenty of life lessons contained in the episode and we start with a discussion of balance.

Life is a constant balancing act between getting things done and enjoying what we are doing. We need to keep up at work, drive to the kid’s practice and doctor’s appointments, make dinner, fold the laundry, exercise and the list continues.  We also need to find happiness in what we are doing and not just satisfaction that we checked another box on the to-do list.

I was reminded of another quote by Alan Watts about making money. 

“If you say that money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time.  You’ll be doing things you don’t like in order to go on living, that is, in order to go...

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