Archives for July 2013

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 spell it out for you:

If you can run three miles, you can train to finish a marathon. 

If you Google ‘marathon training for beginners’ or ‘first time marathoner’, you’ll find a ton of really good training programs to sift through. As you click-through all the first-time marathon plans, you’ll probably notice two things. The first thing is that all of them offer up a disclaimer of sorts telling you to spend at least a few weeks working up to the first week’s training distances. The second thing you’ll likely notice is that most of the first couple of weeks in these plans include several three mile runs.

Essentially what they’re telling you is that before you graduate to training to finish a marathon, you should be able to run three miles with ease.
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3 Reasons Why Paul McCartney Seems Timeless

After recently seeing Paul McCartney at Nationals Park, I noticed something almost formulaic in peoples’ reaction to him and his show. Sure, there is a constant level of adulation and awe over the fact that people are seeing a real, live Beatle sing some of the most famous songs of all time, but people also seem to be equally in awe of the fact that a 71-year-old man can put on such a high energy three hour rock concert.

It wasn’t just in the reviews I read after the fact. As I was leaving the ballpark, I heard at least a handful of people express their amazement at the show they just saw and how surprised they were that Paul still has it as a septuagenarian.

I have to admit, I’m a little in awe of that fact too.

So how does someone like Paul do it? What keeps him going?

Timothy Leary once described the Beatles as “prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen”.

A nice far-out sentiment to be sure, but I don’t think that’s it.

Turns out,  Paul isn’t some super wonder being sent by the gods. In fact the steps he takes to keep rocking beyond 70 are things all of us can easily do to improve our own lives.
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Why You Shouldn’t Obsess Over “Who’s Teaching?”

I’m guilty of it. I know the MindBody Online system so well (does every yoga studio use this service?), I could probably work for them. Like most yogis, I do have favorite teachers and would scour the internet to see when they’re teaching next. I did this pretty religiously until 2 things happened to me.

It got boring

I went to my favorite teacher 6 times in a row (within a 10 day period). A profound thought hit me during that 6th class: “heeeey……he said the same joke during the same posture yesterday and still got a big, authentic laugh from everyone in the room”.

Everyone laughed but me.

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Big News For Busy Runner!

Until now, this site has been dedicated to the plight of runners who need motivation or help in finding time to run. We all lead busy lives with work, family and friend obligations, and from time to time it’s easy to let running take a back seat. One of the themes of this site has been to decide to make your running goals happen and to make running a habit. For the most part that won’t change.

But, at least for my household, that’s only part of the story.

How do you fit in runs when you have another person in the house who is also trying to fit something in that they’re passionate about? In our case, we balance all our life obligations with my running and my wife Jen’s yoga. I’ve enjoyed the blog so far and have enjoyed sharing some of what  does and doesn’t works for me, but to this point it has felt like a key part of the story I’ve been telling has been missing. I want to bring that part of the story into focus now.

Moving forward, you’ll still get posts from me about running, running motivation and habits, but you’ll also notice more posts from Jen and how she fits in her yoga practice.

You’ll also notice that the site is now called runyogathrive.com . You can still type in busyrunner.com to get here, but we felt the domain name change better suited our new wider theme.

Over time Jen and I hope to share how my running and her yoga lead to a better and more fulfilled life together and how we’ve shared those passions of ours with our kids. Our hope is that in telling our stories, you’ll be able to find similar stories in your daily lives as well.

Thank you for reading Busy Runner. Welcome to Run Yoga Thrive!

4 Reasons Why I Prefer Hot Yoga

My first yoga class was a prenatal yoga class in 2005. It was slow, unheated, seemingly built strength, and alleviated pain in areas I didn’t know existed. It was good. For whatever reason, I didn’t take another yoga class until 2007. It was hot yoga. When I got back from class P.J. said: “Your face is so red. Are you sure you’re okay?”  Okay?! I couldn’t wait to get back. Here’s why:

Flexibility

In my first hot yoga class, I could barely touch my toes without feeling pain in my hamstrings and lower back. I learned to bend my knees more and breathe deeply into the posture. After many classes I was able to increase the flexibility in my hamstrings – I had to keep going back to class and be patient with my body. My mantra: In due time.

Focus & Patience

Speaking of “due time”…. At first, I would set up my mat in the back row watching the advanced practitioners bend into fancy postures and I could still barely stand on one leg. I would quickly compare. Over time, I focused inward on poses, on my state of mind, on me. My mantra: Long, slow breaths.

Sweat

The first time I felt the burning sensation of sweat dripping in my eyes when I was in a forward fold was seriously uncomfortable. BUT! After I got used to the sweat dripping everywhere, I realized that sweat was cooling me down — and actually detoxifying. Whatever I put in my body the night before, was dripping on my towel (gross!).  My mantra: deal with the sweat.

It’s like a drug: I keep going back

People may disagree with this, and perhaps it’s psychological for me, but I swear….the heat helps me get into postures easier (also, following a plant-based diet helps too). Within hours after completing a hot yoga class, my body feels energized, healthy, strong, flexible. Within 12 hours I psychotically look at the schedule for when I can get back. My mantra: get me back in the heat.

Hot yoga may not be for everyone, but I encourage all to try 10 classes of hot yoga in a row. It just may change your practice and will open your mind to other ways of stretching, meditating, strengthening, twisting, smiling, and living.

 

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