1/2 Marathon Training in Cold Weather

1/2 Marathon Training in Cold Weather

Baby it’s cold outside and you are training for a 1/2 marathon in this cold weather.  Brrr!  For me, the worse the weather the more I feel like a badass.  In fact, this winter is no exception.  It’s been frigid!  Stay indoors and get those miles in on a treadmill, but if you prefer the outdoors here are some tips to make your outdoor training miles more bearable.

Cold Weather Running Tips
Protect your skin

Not just your exposed skin, all of your skin.  My first layer is always moisturizer.  Lubriderm all over, heavy lotion on my face, and Burt’s Bees on my lips.  It’s very windy where I train and I find that this first layer keeps the wind from cutting through to my bones. (more…)

Why You Should Run Your Next 1/2 Marathon With a Pace Group

Why You Should Run Your Next 1/2 Marathon With a Pace Group

Currently, my training is focused on my next event; Martian Invasion of Races 1/2 Marathon.  The big day is April 13th in Dearborn, Michigan.  The most thrilling part is that for the 5th time I will be running a 1/2 marathon with a pace group.  Why this event? For me, I do well with big goals to keep me on track with my training.  This one sits perfectly on the calendar to force winter runs.  Other reasons to run this race: the course is stellar, the earthlings are fun to run with, and the costumes are out of this world.

Why You Should Run Your Next 1/2 Marathon With a Pace Group
Run even splits

A huge benefit of running with a pace group is that pacers will run even splits. This will optimize performance for distance runs and help you run a better race overall.  To make this work for you it is crucial that you select wisely.  For instance, if you choose a pace group that is too fast, you may burn out too soon in the race and risk not finishing. (more…)

DYI Installing a Reclaimed Wood Panel Wall

DYI Installing a Reclaimed Wood Panel Wall

Create a Wow! moment in any room by installing a reclaimed wood panel wall.

This is so easy and the impact is unbelievable.  You will love it!

What you will need (not all of these are necessary, but make the job a breeze)

  • dark brown paint
  • paint tape
  • paint roller
  • drop clothes
  • reclaimed wood
  • stud finder
  • pencil
  • battery operated brad gun
  • 1 1/2″ brads
  • level
  • miter saw
  • saw table
  • safety glasses

6 Easy Steps to DYI a Reclaimed Wood Wall

 

Step 1: Prep your wall and paint a dark brown for your base.

We selected a dark brown paint and honestly I feel we should have gone darker.  Select a VERY dark brown or even go with black for your base. (more…)

Marathon Training While Traveling for Business

Marathon Training While Traveling for Business

All is good; and then you get the call.  Pack your bags you’re leaving town.  UGH! The dreadful business trip, but wait, I have a 16 mile training run scheduled this week . . .

Two events occurred almost simultaneously Monday.  After much deliberation I decided to commit to running the Flying Pig Marathon in May.  Only 16 weeks out and coming off a holiday season full of gluttony, I have to start training NOW!

And then the call came.  As I am mentally preparing for the rigorous schedule ahead I receive a call that I need to fly to corporate . . .  tomorrow.  Do I scrap this idea of running a spring marathon?  Do I put off training a week and start next week?

Live with no excuses and travel with no regret. 

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Stick to Your Resolutions with Purposeful Enthusiasm

Stick to Your Resolutions with Purposeful Enthusiasm

Two weeks into the new year and most of us will fall into one of these three groups

1.  Beast mode on.  Crushing your goal.

2.  Awesome goal set, but “squirrel” aren’t the NFL playoffs on tonight.

3.  Definitely going to be a better you in 2019, but searching for the perfect goal.

Group 1 congrats.  Stick to it you badass! 

The rest of us can use some Purposeful Enthusiasm.  Enthusiasm is the one ingredient that will generate success more than any other.

The concern is the confusion between rah-rah rowdiness, which is what most of us consider enthusiasm and real purposeful enthusiasm.

“Energy without purpose is just noise” LT

Life-changing resolutions mandate purposeful enthusiasm.  What in the world is that?  It’s easier than I am making it sound.  There are just 3 simple components:

1.  BELIEF – belief in your goal.  Is it real or pie-in-the-sky?  Belief in yourself.  You are enough!  Belief in the future.  If you believe you best days are ahead of you; they are.

2.  VISION – what does winning look like for you?  What will it mean to you if you hit your target?  How will you feel when you accomplish your goal? What will it mean to your family?

3.  GRATITUDE – “gratitude is the unyielding fuel for courage” Forrest Performance Group.  When you look at your goal as an opportunity, not an obligation you will be supercharged into action.  Appreciating what you already have opens the door for abundance.  

 This New Year’s resolution stuff is tough.  If you haven’t started yet, or are beginning to lose focus try applying some enthusiasm. You can do this!

Success is going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm” Winston Churchill

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