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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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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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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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 meat

photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons - Peg Greb

photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons – Peg Greb

because it made my moods intense and my body sluggish. After researching vegetarianism, I knew I wanted to give it a try. My sister-in-law has been a vegetarian since she was 7. She and her husband came to visit and made us watch Food, Inc. and The Cove back-to-back. That was it. I was done. No more meat, fish or sushi….and it was easier than I thought.

I never felt better. After a year of being a vegetarian, our lifestyle naturally progressed to exclusively eating a plant-based diet (or being a “super hippie vegan that eats bark” as I have been affectionately called).

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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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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!

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