Essay of Shoes

By William Christiansen [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

To say most runners are addicted to buying shoes is an understatement.  Having said that, looking for the latest and greatest pair of shoes isn’t only restricted to runners. In the essay below, take a peak at T.R. Foley’s deeper look at his own life-long shoe addiction.  Enjoy – P.J.

Enter T.R.:

I consider myself a simple person.

By William Christiansen [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By William Christiansen [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I have recycled since the 80s, way before it was chic. That big Green movement? Hey, nice of you to join the party, but it’s nothing new, nephew. I mow grass with a push mower, and while I labor at it, I love it. Doing it, I imagine I am Levin from Anna Karenina out hacking away in his fields with the peasants. Recently, I even did something drastic: I stopped buying books and use the library much more. I want to compost, too, and use rain barrels and get in touch with those Quaker hippie roots my mom tried to plant. I want to be better, and use less and be non-materialistic.
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Could Basketball Be Good Cross-training for Marathon Training? Experts Weigh In

photo credit: 	Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina - Wikimedia Commons

As far as fitness and working out goes, basketball has always been my first love.

photo credit: Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina - Wikimedia Commons

photo credit: Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina – Wikimedia Commons

From playing until after dark as a kid, to playing pickup games nearly every day in college, I loved playing the game. When I decided to run my first half marathon in 2009, I was still playing basketball with c0-workers two to three times a week. At the time, I felt like basketball would be a good compliment to my running.

As I looked into half marathon training programs, I ended up settling on Hal Higdon’s novice program. As I dug deeper into Hal’s site and forums, I discovered that he wasn’t a big fan of mixing basketball and half marathon training. “It’s not a matter of if you get injured, it’s a matter of when” was Hal’s was clear warning on the subject.
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3 Lessons I Learned By Running 1,000 Miles This Year and How You Can Accomplish a Similar Goal

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday season, I accomplished one of my running goals for 2013. I ran 1,000 miles for the year. As I mentioned in the post linked above, I was well aware that others have set much  loftier goals with some … [Continue reading]

Run Yoga Thrive Interview with No Meat Athlete Founder Matt Frazier

Despite all the science and reports to the contrary, there are a lot of people who share the common misconception that a plant-based diet won't provide an athlete the proper nutrition or protein needed to meet the rigors of training for a marathon or … [Continue reading]

Run Yoga Thrive Interview with Jeff Sanders, Host of the 5AM Miracle Podcast

There is a lot of crap on the internet - especially in the area of self-improvement. Do a Google search for "self-improvement", "self-help" or even "life coach" and you'll find plenty of websites offering a quick fix or simple solution to … [Continue reading]

Setting Your Running Thermostat

Back in grad school, my friend Kevin's thermostat setting hovered somewhere in the 50s from late October to early spring. No matter how cold it got in the dead of an Ohio winter, his thermostat didn't budge. No amount of his girlfriend's protests … [Continue reading]

Is Skipping a Run Really That Bad?

The short answer to that question is yes. The plethora of training programs you can find in books and online are filled with tempo runs, speed workouts, long runs and cross training days for a specific reason - to get you ready to run your best … [Continue reading]

Raising Vegetarian/Vegan Kids

Growing up in New Hampshire and  the Midwest, I was obviously raised on meat. My mother’s Shephards Pie was a culinary force to be reckoned with.  Seemingly, there was always ground meat in some type of casserole.  As I grew older, I dropped the red … [Continue reading]

How A Marathon Training Run Picked A Fight With Cancer

To be honest, when I first mapped out the route to what essentially would become the Happy Half Marathon course a little over two years ago, I was simply looking for a way to end a long run at a pub in Yellow Springs, Ohio. At the time the pub I … [Continue reading]

The Secret of A Three Mile Run

There is a secret about training to finish a marathon that no one really tells you. Even though it's hiding in plain sight behind a simple Google search, for the most part no one comes right out and says it. I'm going to do you a solid and … [Continue reading]

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