I Ran 40 Miles On My Birthday…Now What?

In conjunction with my recently celebrated 40th birthday, I accomplished something I’ve long promised to do. A big bucket list item I’ve talked about on and off for at least the last 5 years.

To commemorate my 4oth trip around the sun, I ran 40 miles in one day.

To a seasoned ultra marathoner that doesn’t sound like much, but given that it was the furthest I ever ran in a day (specifically 13.8 miles longer than any marathon I’ve run), it was significant, symbolic and meaningful to me.

It was also amazingly emotional, cathartic and fulfilling. I didn’t do it for anyone but me, but it was good to hear how impressed and proud people were that I actually did it.
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New Beginnings – Big Changes

First things first.

Thanks to everyone who has read this blog as it lay dormant over the last year or so. Your numbers may not be in the thousands – who am I kidding your numbers aren’t even in the hundreds – but the sporadic comments and direct messages have kept a spark in me alive and I always held out hope that one day I would rekindle that into something special here.

And that’s exactly what I’m planning to do.

A few important points

The name ‘Run Yoga Thrive’ very likely won’t survive the changes that will be made soon. If you have that site bookmarked, you may want to keep checking back for updates and eventual TBD name change.

I’ve recognized an important pivot point that will expand what we talk about here. Running and Yoga will be discussed some of the time, but it’s not going to be the exclusive focus of the new and improved content here.

Over the past week I’ve been in touch with a stable of strong and diverse writers who are interested in being apart of these big changes here. Talking with them has energized me in a way that, quite honestly, I haven’t felt since college.

Simply put, we’ve been exploring what makes things and people interesting and we’re going to continue that exploration in this space. As we map out how interesting people have gotten from point A to point B, hopefully you will be able to glean something useful for your own life. To my earlier point, runners and yogis fit into that ‘interesting’ category, but there is a whole other world of people we can learn from.

If you’re here exclusively for the running/yoga content, I totally understand if this new direction isn’t your cup of tea. But stick around and give us a chance…you might learn something and enjoy it.

These changes will take place over the next two weeks, so keep an eye out. As this site transforms, feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line to share your thoughts.

See you soon.

Essay of Shoes

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

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.

photo by flamurai, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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 people running the year (2013 miles in 2013) or running a tenth of that in a 100 mile race all in one day.

Since I’ve started tracking my runs with my Garmin watch, I’ve averaged a little under 900 miles a year, so I also realized that while 1,000 miles would be the most I’ve ever run in a 365 day span, it wouldn’t be a huge jump. It was something that I wanted to have under my belt more than anything, but I also wanted to make sure I was in good shape for the Marine Corps Marathon this past October. It was a baseline for me to maintain my running endurance throughout the year.

Running over 1,000 this year also taught me a lot about myself, about running and about my relationship with running.
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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 needednma bookphoto to meet the rigors of training for a marathon or ultra marathon.

And even if you convince someone to entertain the thought that you can fuel your running and training with a plant-based diet, pointing to the more well-known vegan runners like Scott Jurek, Brendan Brazier or Rich Roll only exacerbates the issue. For most people, successful vegan distance runners like those guys are outliers or anomalies.

Those guys have accomplished seemingly super human feats like winning Ironman triathlons or setting 24 hour US running records or running around the Hawaiian islands. To the average runner, pointing to those guys’ diets as examples to follow is akin to saying that Puma shoes will make you as fast as Usain Bolt.

This is where Matt Frazier comes in.

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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 everything that ails you.

There are a ton of web sites out there that will claim to help you find a better job, create better daily habits, or help you lose weight, but often times they’re just trying to make a quick buck by offering half-thought out advice. You might be even more discouraged and confused about where to turn after finding so many half-baked sites.

So where do you go when you’re really looking for sound advice and help?
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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 over having to wear socks and sweats to bed or the ribbing he got about being cheap would change his mind. Kevin’s determination to keep his heating bill low would always win out  – no matter what anyone said or did. I’m pretty sure there were times when even he was bothered or uncomfortable by the cold temperature in his apartment, but he never wavered. The heat simply was not going to get turned up.

At first blush, you wouldn’t think that  Kevin keeping his thermostat ridiculously low during winter months would have anything to do with becoming a better runner, but stick with me here.
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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 race.

If you start selectively picking and choosing which workouts you want to do, you could be tempting fate on race day.

Having said that, most people probably aren’t professional runners. Life can throw you a curve from time to time and that 5:00 AM run you planned to get in before work may not happen if you’re nursing a sick kid back to health, you have to unexpectedly travel for work or any other countless variable that you might encounter. The fact is, even the best laid training schedules will have to work around other events in your life from time to time.

So what happens when life gets in the way and you miss a workout?
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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 had in mind had one of my favorite beers on tap and since I’m a big believer in beer being a good recovery drink, I was all for having a beer or two after the run.

If there was anything extraordinary about that training run, the fact that we were going to end it by drinking a few good beers was it.
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