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Grand Canyon “rim2rim2rim” Adventure: Part III

If you would like to know what it's really like to explore the Grand Canyon on foot, then this musical slideshow is for you.

 

Leading a FIT life does not require a treadmill, aerobics class or even a dumbbell. Above all, it requires 2 things. Desire and enthusiasm.

Over time everything gets stale if its repetitive. You don’t have to travel to a canyon or purchase expensive equipment.

Nature is free. Sometimes all we need is new scenery. Or a new buddy to talk to on a walk.

When you have desire and enthusiasm, commitment isn’t a battle but a reward.

To learn more about embarking on your own canyon adventure, view the entire 3 part series here for tips to make it a grand experience!

 

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm Possible.'"

 

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Grand Canyon “rim2rim2rim” Adventure: Part II

All you need is desire and preparation when venturing into the Grand Canyon.

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Part II of this series will focus on what to expect and how to prepare for running or hiking the Grand Canyon. With these pictures and a 14 minute music slideshow (coming in Part III), I hope to give you a sense of what’s in store should you embark on this or a similar adventure.  These are the things I would want to know in advance (some of which I did know and some I wish I had known). Read more

Grand Canyon “rim2rim2rim” Adventure: Part I

A 3 part series of our 2 day trek through the Grand Canyon begins here.

Grand Canyon Part I

There is a big difference in mindset when you must reach a destination versus when you want or should reach it.

When there is no way out, our brains and bodies have a way of cooperating.

A year in advance, my husband and I planned this adventure. To run rim to rim to rim of the canyon in 2 consecutive days. I hadn’t run much on trails but that didn’t matter. I was itching to explore gorgeous terrain on foot. My husband agreed. Read more

My New Favorite Fuel! Honey Stinger Waffles

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I’ve seen these “waffles”on shelves at sporting good stores for awhile but thought they sounded horrible. When I think of waffles, I think of soft, moist and doughy. Not exactly what I’m craving when I’m pounding the pavement.

Then I visited one of my favorite adventure stores, Backwoods, to purchase a gift. And my workout life changed forever:)

Honey Stinger Waffles-

If my mama had only given me a better name everyone would love me!

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The Eye of the Runner: The Boston Marathon 2013

PERPETRATORS BEWARE! You messed with a tribe of determined individuals who don't stop until their work is finished!

Boston Marathon Medal-0016

Today was business as usual. Up at 4:30am, made my daughter’s lunch, went to the gym, showered, answered work emails, headed to the grocery store and ran a couple errands.

Actually nothing about today felt usual. As if I left my heart in Boston yesterday like lost baggage. I didn’t bring all of me home. Read more

Improve Your Speed With This “Mental Illusion” Treadmill Workout

You can fool your brain to get your legs to run faster!
These buttons can have a huge impact on your workout!

These buttons can have a huge impact on your workout!

This treadmill workout isn’t fun but it is challenging and it not boring. So 2 outta 3 ain’t bad. Especially when you get results immediately.

New to running?  No problem. This workout works for slow joggers or walkers too! Just adjust the speeds to your level. Reduce the length of the warm-up and tempo.

The only difference between the novice and expert is how many times you push one button.

Unfortunately, the workout needs to be on a treadmill. It’s not that you can’t accomplish this workout out on the road, but I haven’t figured out how to get the same training effect. I think I know why.

We have too much control over our mind and not enough control over our terrain outside. The treadmill belt is a mechanical authority. Don’t do what it says and it’ll spit you out. We’ll never out wit a device plugged into a wall. A treadmill is not known for unconditional love:).

There is 1 principle behind this workout. Fool your brain. Read more

Hoo Rag

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Simplicity works for the Hoo-Rag™!

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Nathan Endurance Vest

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If you enjoy being active for long periods, I urge you to consider purchasing the Nathan Endurance Vest. A fluid carriage system designed to keep you hydrated for extended periods.

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Fueling Your Student Athlete

To perform at their best, young athletes need to be educated on how to fuel their bodies.

Day after day my mother picked me up early from school to head to the gym. On the way we stopped at McDonalds so I could down two cheeseburgers, small fries and a coke. I think back to those days when gymnastics was my life. My coaches didn’t hesitate to direct workouts that had me pleading for mercy. Yet no coach in the history of my athletic career ever mentioned, or even asked, what I was putting into my body.

Unfortunately, some things haven’t changed in 30 years.

Many of our student athletes have the best shoes, gear, coaches and training. Coaches are invested in their seasons and will do almost anything to groom champions from a young age. I’ve witnessed football practices that resemble special forces training. State championships and college scholarships are highly sought after.

I’m baffled that with all of this focus on athletic achievement, why isn’t anyone concerned with the gas that’s going in the tanks of these young athletes? Ask any professional athlete and they’ll tell you that good nutrition is vital to their performance. Muscles need fuel for speed, endurance, power, and stamina. Read more

RUNNING Away From Injury: Injured & Cranky

A good habit is hard to break.

View previous post in this series, RUNNING Away From Injury.

We become dependent on our daily regimens. Especially runners. When the body screams “STOP!” and you refuse to listen, silent sirens of pain are triggered forcing you to limp to the side of the road. Like speed limit signs, ignore them long enough and the cops will eventually get you.

You can mask pain with ibuprofen, Kinesio tape, or even steroids, but the band-aids don’t cure the inflammation underneath.

Time heals. Rest rejuvenates. All words an injured runner doesn’t want to hear.  Read more