I Joined a Running Group

Figuring that I needed some help, I joined a local running group today. I’ve determined that it’s time to put some accountability in place. This particular group is getting everyone ready to run the Anthem Richmond Marathon. I’m not crazy, I am personally not training for the marathon, but they also have a half marathon and an 8K. I’m wondering though, am I just crazy enough to sign up for a half-marathon outside of Disney? I think I may just be that crazy, besides the half marathon course limit is 4 whole hours!

I digress. I joined a running group today. I must admit I was nervous in the beginning. Every time I join a group it always seems so cliquish, everyone knows each other, everyone has that “politeness”, but I never seem to fit in. Today was different, though. Of course everyone knew each other, but they made me feel so welcome. They actually spoke to me and included me in on the jokes and the memory sharing and even an invite to race in Vegas. All except one other person has run marathons and numerous half marathons, but they didn’t make me feel like the “slow one”. In fact, they gave me the biggest compliment ever – they called me a runner.

Running Break is Over

How many excuses have you had to not run recently? I have had over two weeks of non-stop day after day excuses. Working 12 hour days has certainly put a cramp on my running and now I feel like I’m about to start all over again from ground zero. Fortunately I have two awesome sisters who are not about to let that happen. Everywhere I turn I see that quote about “if you had started yesterday..” and guilt sets in. I really have, however, been working twelve hour days and mentally too tired at the end of a long day much too tired to even think about putting on some sneakers and heading outside.

I had planned to by myself a Garmin when I finished the race back in February, but I think I’m going to save that present to myself until I’ve earned it and I certainly have not earned it in the last couple of months. What I do know, however, is that if I’m not ready for that race next February it will be nobody’s fault but my own. Accountability is the key, I probably need to find an accountability partner. What I do know is that my running break is officially over.

Jeff Galloway Blogger Tips

Hi all,

It’s been awhile since I posted and thank goodness I received in my tips as an official Jeff Galloway Blogger since I know they will get me motivated and will hopefully do the same for you.

Four Ways To Energize Your Day & Clear Your Brain
By Olympian Jeff Galloway

It’s natural to become focused on the big things in life, and worry about outside forces, building stress.  A few simple lifestyle adjustments can result in greater control over attitude and energy, while reducing stress and fatigue.  Yes, you can exert more control over your life, produce positive attitude hormones, and blend together body, mind and spirit by planning and taking action.

•        Walk or run, one day and a walk (or cross train) the next.  While the exertion will wake up the muscles, you’re away from the phone, allowing the mind a little freedom.  Most who start with a blank mental state, finish their exercise session with the day planned, and a few new ways to deal with problems.  Others like to walk/run during lunch hour, while munching on an energy bar.  This can clear out morning stress and prepare mind-body for the challenges of the afternoon.  Many evening exercisers believe that the weight of the day’s stress is erased or contained with the after-work workout.  Scheduling these outings gives you control over your existance.
•        Don’t sit–walk!.  The addition of a few extra short walks, throughout the day, will energize the body and activate the mind.  Park farther away from work, the food store, the transit station, etc.  Many of my clients use a step counter for motivation and calorie counting.  It helps to find one that is consistent and reliable (usually @ $30).  Shoot for 10,000 steps a day.  You are rewarded for  getting out of your chair (or  the couch) more often.  These short walks burn fat, which adds up (up to 30 pounds a year!).  The best reward is the head clearing effect, which can power you through the mid morning or mid afternoon energy crises.  Even a 3-4 minute “recess” walk at work, can result in clearer thinking, more energy, and greater self-confidence.
•        Eat more frequently.  Each time you eat, even a small snack, you’ll boost your energy level. The longer you wait to eat, the more likely your metabolism will slump into drowsiness and laziness.  This also means that you’re not burning many calories.  If you divide up your daily calorie budget into 6-9 snacks a day you’ll burn more fat (up to 10 pounds a year).  Eat a snack every 2-3 hours, and you can feel better all day.  It helps to choose foods that have (percentage of calories vs total calories) about 20% protein, about 15% fat and the rest in complex carbohydrate.  This combination will leave you satisfied longer with fewer calories consumed.  To experience a fat loss, consumption can be managed through websites or journals.  For more information, see A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO FAT BURNING by Jeff and Barbara Galloway.
•        Help someone exercise. The psychological benefits are significant when you help someone improve the quality of their life.  Offer to walk (run, hike) with your spouse, parent, friend co-worker, child—or all of the above.  My books WALKING & GETTING STARTED have proven programs with motivation which can lead you  and your “coach-ee” through the training