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5 Running Tips for the Non-Runner (From a Non-Runner)


As a reformed running-hater turned running-lover, these are my top five tips to improve your running, both in the physical sense of being better at it and in the mental sense of enjoying it.

Running was the last element of fitness I learned to enjoy. I had done it for years, but I had never liked it. It was simply part of being a martial artist, and then a CrossFit athlete. I endured running and tried not to completely suck at it.

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I SO needed this.  

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1200 Calories


 1200 calories. The dangerous tightrope that many women are trying to walk, because they think this is how thinness is achieved.


This is a really great article on the concept of weight loss and muscle. Very body positive. Very wonderful article that covers just about EVERYTHING. 

I’m still saying TW: ED because there’s talk about calorie counting and weight loss in general but it’s why just counting calories isn’t always an effective way to LOSE weight. 

Well written article!  

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Why Sleep is More Important Than We Ever Thought

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Military Fitness Center - Military.com

This is my new favorite website for fitness.  I used to get on the Men’s Fitness site at least once every day.  Unfortunately, it seems like every other article they post these days is about fashion or fcuking.  Sorry but don’t take my word for it, check out the site.

For guys like me who can’t afford a trainer, having good online resources are a MUST.  I have a decent background in the basics of fitness but there’s new sciences popping up everyday.  Everything is being micro analyzed and upgraded that it’s hard to really keep up without making an effort to keep up.

The fitness section on Military.com has so many interesting articles that weeks after finding it, I’m still reading it and loving every minute of it.

I’m hoping to try out some of their routines in the next couple of weeks and when it comes time to start training for races I’m looking forward to using their training routine.

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Where I am….

This is the second of a series of three entries that I’m making to give you guys an update on where I’ve been and the road ahead.  Part one can be found here and three should come in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!

Fresh out of the gym and sipping on my favorite protein smoothie so I figured this would be a great time to work on the second part of my update series.

Let me get one thing out of the way since it kind of ties into the theme of this post; I’ve been on about a 10 day “vacation” from the gym and I am WEAK!  I’m not infantile by any stretch but definitely a little less awesome than I was a couple of weeks ago when I was a regular rat.  Seriously, my squats were pathetic today.

And that brings me to the topic of the day; “Where I am”.  So after taking a step back from running, and in some ways fitness all together, I finally got a new gym membership this year.  I would love to say that I’ve been more times than not since joining but that’s just not the case.  And I’m ok with that.  I’m ok with that because when I joined I set a few goals that, to date, are either accomplished or on track.

When I started getting back in the gym I still had every intention on getting back into running shape at some point but I knew that then, like now, is not the time.  My goals were a little more mainstream; get in shape, get bigger, tone up.  In that exact order.  

To be honest, it didn’t take too long for me to get stronger.  I’ve never been the strongest guy in the room but a few years back I worked my way up to being a little above average in the strength department.  Unfortunately a whole lot of boozing and fourth meals wiped out a lot of my good gains.  This year I went back to my tried and true routine of Olympic and power lifts to get myself stronger and in better shape.

My next goal is to spend the next few months putting on “good weight”.  By that I mean lean muscle.  I’m fully aware that it’s not realistic to think I can put on 20 pounds of muscle in less than a year but…take a look at my blog again.  Nothing about this journey is realistic.  Seriously though I am in a bulking phase.  Protein, heavy weights, low reps, protein, and a lot of protein.  

Towards the end of Summer, I hope to have put on about 15 - 20 pounds of good weight and then I’ll move into the toning/cutting portion of my fitness plan.  During that phase I’ll be upping the cardio and aerobic work which serves the dual purpose of getting me ready to start running again.

So as you can see, I really do have a plan.  Whether I stick to it and if it actually works is a total other subject all together.  I guess you’re going to have to just stick with me and see what happens.

Wish me luck kids!

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Running out of time (no pun intended)

So next week the training starts but I still haven’t gotten the most important piece of equipment…


I’m new to this running thing.  I’ve jogged before, ran on a court and on a field but never actually “ran”.  I would always just throw on whatever pair of sneakers I had and hit the pavement.  No worries.  

If I’m going to get serious it’s time for a serious pair of footwear.  Doing research, picking the right shoe is an actual science.  

This 5k next month isn’t meant to be competitive at all and is more of a fitness test/warm up for the real training.  That said I don’t plan on dropping major bucks on a pair of running shoes.  My goal is to stick to the $50 range.  

I got some advice from my favorite fitness bunny Marie who suggested a nice pair of Asics or New Balance.  Both are pretty popular familiar brands.  Not the best looking if memory serves me but from what I’ve always heard they’re tops when it comes to running.

The plan this weekend is to pick a comfortable pair ASAP and get them broken in before training starts on Monday.  Hopefully these will last me through the 10k in April and maybe even the June Mile.  I’ll get a new pair for the 1/2 mile and for the marathon I’m planning on getting two really good pair to alternate during training and for the actual event.


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That straw did it!

I’m officially done with 24 hour fitness!  I was happy when I saw they had a bunch of great holiday discounts.  I wasthisclose to picking a package and signing up.

I haven’t been a member for over two years now and despite being pleasantly plump and jolly and jiggly i KNOW it was way overdue for a regular gym routine.  Also there’s the matter of the point of this whole blog.  Anybody remember that?

Strike one for me was the fact that it appears that a lot of 24 Hour locations are getting “upgraded” from “active” to “sport” and from “sport” to “super sport”.  Normally it wouldn’t be a problem but it seems they took the Microsoft approach to upgrading and just fixed things that were already subpar and are pretending to be brand new.  I still wouldn’t have a problem with it if it didn’t affect the actual monthly membership fee.

By my math I could spend $720 for a year at the gym or take that money to Big5 and buy every piece of equipment I’d use at the gym, a new pair of shoes, a couple of training sessions and some supps.  Guess which route I’m going.

Strike two was the fact that today, after months of my friend trying to convince me to try a Zumba class, I finally got myself a three day guest pass to try out the class and what happens? After waiting for 15 minutes for an associate to “help” me I was told that only members can take classes. *pause* Way to attract new members jackasses!!

Not sure why that upset me so much.  Maybe I was looking forward to Zumba class more than I thought but regardless my hands are washed.

Strike three you ask?  I don’t do 3 strikes!  People who know me personally already know this but for those that don’t here’s the breakdown:

There’s two famous expressions about the Law of Threes. The first is “The third time’s the charm.” That’s a positive outlook.  The second is “Three strikes and your out”. That is…say it with me kids…NEGATIVE!!

Now I’m no math whiz so correct me if I’m wrong but if we accept that both of those statements are to some extent true a third try has a 50% chance of success.  As a gambler those odds don’t sit well with me.

Alright.  Feels good to write again but I gotta keep this short and get to my new home routine.  Wish me luck and stay tuned for the next entry. 

Fist pump, fist pump, fist pump!!!!

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