Quote of the Day

You need to aim beyond what you are capable of. You must develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end. Try to do things that you’re incapable of… If you think you’re incapable of running a company, make that your aim… Make your vision of where you want to be a reality. Nothing is impossible.
 
Paul Arden

Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: An average man has enough energy in his fat stores to run non-stop for 3 days at 24km per hour. That’s FAST considering about 10-12km per hour is the average pace general punters run at.

Quote of the Day

You know, I really miss sex scandals. They’re generally colorful. They almost never mean anything over the long run. And while they’re going on, the people who actually keep the government running are let alone to go about their business. Good old sex scandals.
 
Gail Collins

The Core of Running

I am ectomorphic. I have a naturally lean physique. I have never had to worry about any extra weight on any body part. I also have a very hard time trying to put on weight of any kind. Muscle or fat. 

This is the bane of my existence. Many people tell me I am lucky. These people could never be more wrong. 

Being too thin is just as bad as being obese. 

I know what your thinking, “Your nuts. Thats just not possible.” 

Well my friend, I am here to tell you, its true. 

Fat builds up around the heart and liver, increasing the chance for diabetes. Anemia, osteoporosis, from brittle bones, immune deficiency and fertility problems are just a few problems that arise when you are thin. 

Now, I am not rail thin. I do have some meat on me. I attribute this to the running and the weighted R.O.M. exercises that I have to do. Thankfully for planks, I have a very trim core section.

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Here is an infograph I found recently to help you transition into working on your core. 

As a runner, I need to have a solid core. It helps move me along when it comes to my running. 

A solid core, strong glutes, abs, and lower back, are very important when it comes to stability, power, and endurance for your miles of running. 

I used planks and push ups as a alternative to smoking. These helped curb my cravings. Another benefit was the V leading down to my pubic area got more defined. And to the gentlemen out there, trust me, the women love it. 

I DO NOT do crunches. They are bad for your back, abs, and neck. You are putting unwanted strain on them, and pulling them out of their natural posture. 

I hear that with the increase strength in your core, you increase speed, stamina, and reduce your chance for injury. I will never find this out, as a previous leg injury is not allowing me to discover these newly added benefits. 

If you are enjoying these benefits, please let me know what you do, and how they have helped your running. 

Be a trailblazer my friends. 

As Henry David Thoreau says, “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Cold Weather Run

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Single digits.

Single digits with 20 m.p.h. winds.

How do you go for a run in this weather?

Simple. You dress for it and hit the trails.

How do you dress for this weather?

Long underwear, wool socks, t-shirt, shorts, hat and gloves, and a good wind breaker. And in this weather, I do switch over to running shoes. Most importantly, MUSIC.

I will spend hundreds of dollars on my foot attire, but I have found that a regular pair of Hanes long underwear work fine. The best lesson I have learned is to dress in layers, not expensively.

I say most importantly, because music will take your mind off the fact you are freezing your butt off. That is until your body temperature rises. Also, it helps regulate your breathing.

Are there any benefits to running in the cold? Of course there are.

1) You Don’t get Hot

Because of the cooler weather, your are less likely to overheat. Your body readily releases any excess heat that builds up. To maintain a constant body temperature, you need layer of moisture wicking clothing.

2) It Helps Keep off the Winter Weight

Maintaining your routine tricks the body into switching your metabolism over to the store up for winter mode. Also the added benefit of not having to stress over getting ready for “swimsuit season”.

3) It Helps from Getting the Winter Blues.

Everyone hears about the down side of winter. Being cooped up inside all day, away from the sun and fresh air makes many people depressed. Getting out in the brisk air and running, helps release endorphins and keeps you motivated. For someone like me, who switches over to running during the day, I still get time in the sun. When its out of course.

4) Mental and Physical Endurance

Your stamina is increased thanks to the increase of blood circulation. Your body will adapt to the adverse conditions. It will become more hardy. Getting out in the cold is a trial all in itself. Running everyday in the winter, will help to push you to get in that extra mile, or finish the race a few minutes quicker.

When your friends are sitting at home complaining about the cold, snow, and extra weight they’ve put on since they’ve locked themselves inside, you will be bouncing around with the extra energy your daily runs have given you.

So when you feel depressed because of the cold, don’t fret, a little run can turn that frown upside down.