August 18, 2018

Celebrate Your Fitness!

Celebrate your Fitness!

Join #HealthyWayMag Fitness Chat EVERY Monday 5pmP/8pmE on Twitter and celebrate your fitness! Regardless of where you are on your fitness journey, it’s important to stop along the way and acknowledge how far you’ve come, the strength and conditioning you’ve gained and the skills you’ve mastered.

You’ll also pick up workout motivation, exercise accountability and fitness tips for the week. Consider this your virtual fitness club meeting to jump start each week exciting about living healthy and fitness. 

Here’s how to join:
Log into your Twitter account.
Enter #HealthyWayMag to see the chat feed.
Chat with others, offer your thoughts and input on questions, have fun!

 

Monday July 11, 2016 #HealthyWayMag Fitness Chat is Sponsored by Running on the Wall:

Looking for a way to acknowledge your running friend or family member on run well done? As “your gift source for running”, Running on the Wall is your one stop shop for gifts for runners. They offer everything to commemorate and motivate running miles from decals and magnets to race bib displays and medal displays. Offer a thoughtful token of congratulations with a small gift to acknowledge their race commitment. And don’t forget to celebrate your own success! Have you completed a racing goal that you’d like to show off? Don’t hide your medals in a drawer or closet when a high quality display is just a click away. And as a bonus, seeing your medals regularly will provide visual reinforcement of your workout and training efforts, super-charging your fitness motivation! On their website you’ll also find apparel, motivational plaques and jewelry for every runner and every distance. Visitors can also commemorate participation in the hot trend of virtual races with running hats, shirts and medals. Follow them on Twitter, @Gift4Runners.

Racing? Here are your race prep basics.

Get Fit Quick Tip:

4 Racing Basics

There are a few racing basics important to keep in mind heading into your race day. Here are 4 to commit to memory:

 

Embrace your nerves. Many athletes experience pre-race nerves. Nerves mean the event is important to you and you want to do your best. Nerves happen with uncertainty or with the unknown. Accept your anxiety simply as part of the process. Instead of allowing nerves to paralyze you, enable them to empower you.

Master the art of letting-it-go. You’re distracted by someone along the race course? Let it go. Your pre-race ritual was interrupted? Let it go. Another athlete cut you off at the hydration station? Let it go. Focus on your race, your miles.

Stick to your race plan. Never try anything new on race day. Only do what you’ve practiced in training. Stick to your pre-race meal plan. Your clothing. Your hydration schedule. Your pace.

Visualize your finish daily. Every night before going to sleep, visualize in full detail finishing your race strong. During your race when miles become tough, play back the well rehearsed mental picture of your strong finish. You’ll be able to change your emotional/mental state mid-race and reset your resolve to keep moving forward.

 

Beat the Post-Race Blues by Jason Saltmarsh

A 3-week Plan to Beat the Post-Race Blues

You did great! You just completed a bucket list goal by finishing your first marathon. So, why do you feel so depressed and anxious? That unsettling feeling of emptiness and aimlessness after competing in a big race is common among athletes. But, don’t worry! It’s completely normal.

Sports psychologist Dr. Kate F. Hays says “Completing a major feat, into which you’ve poured a lot of time, energy, intention, and identity —maybe money, inconvenience, and sacrifice, as well —means that among other things, you’ll probably feel some degree of let-down when it’s ended.” And, the one thing that many runners do to deal with stress and anxiety is run, something you’re not supposed to do in the days following a marathon.

How to Beat the Marathon Blues
Week 1
1.    Eat. Refuel and reload with plenty of proteins and healthy vegetables.
2.    Sleep. Sleeping is the most effective way to relieve stress and take care of your body.
3.    Find a new hobby. Take a cooking class, plan a trip, or build a model airplane.
4.    Walk. You can’t run, but you can enjoy a nice leisurely walk in the park.
5.    Share. Talking about the race experience with others is cathartic.

Week 2
1.    Dream big. Research and register for your next big event. Triathlon? Marathon? Relay?
2.    Develop a plan. Consult with your coach, or begin drafting a new training plan.
3.    Return slowly. Run or walk (as you feel) with no more than an hour on your feet. Easy does it.

Week 3
1.    Reverse-Taper. Slowly build your mileage and intensity.
2.    Listen to Your Body. Any signs of injury or discomfort should sound alarms.
3.    Let your spirit guide you. Return to normal training at the end of the month if you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally ready.

Jason Saltmarsh is an RRCA Adult Distance Running Coach and competitive masters runner. He enjoys racing at distances ranging from 5K to the marathon. Jason’s goal is to share with others the benefits and joys of running, fitness and healthy living. For more information, please visit saltmarshrunning.com.

Running; Not Always a Serious Matter

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Running; Not Always a Serious Matter
An Athlete’s Inspiring 160 Mile Week
 
Running is personal. Our bodies speak to us, we adjust and program ourselves to push harder. Mostly we run because that’s what we do. We love to run. We enjoy running. We have a sense of humor about running and our running experiences! It’s that pursuit and in this case one blogger’s passion to share her experiences with millions of followers at www.skinnyrunner.com

Sarah Moore is her real name and on April 14, 2012 she set out to break a personal endurance record by running in two back-to-back marathons, a 200 mile relay race and another marathon all within eight days.
 

So why do we do we push for personal records you may ask? Because life is about having fun and enjoying ourselves! Setting goals that are outside of our comfort zone is about personal growth, as well as building confidence and self-esteem. Setting goals that are out of the box also teach important life lessons, for example not to take ourselves too seriously and that trying and do-ing is just as important as completing. These traits are wonderful benefits that carry over to all other aspects of life. Let Sarah’s energy inspire and empower you to set a goal that is so far out of your comfort zone, it provokes others to say “What are you thinking?!” Your answer to their question is simple, “Life is about enjoying it, embracing all healthy living has to offer- the good, the fun, the laughter, the challenging, the setbacks and everything in between.”
 

Sarah started off her challenge by running the Gansett Marathon in Rhode Island. It’s the only qualification-only marathon in the world. Two days later she ran the Boston Marathon in a heat wave – it was 90 degrees by the finish. On April 20th she ran on a Ragnar Relay Ultra team where over the course of 200 miles, she ran 41 miles and contributed to the first women’s ultra team to run it with a time of 29 hours. The following morning she ran the San Luis Obispo Marathon.
 

Far from being a pro runner she says, when it comes to endurance running Sarah leaves her followers in awe of her stamina and go-lucky nature to running. “I’m relaxed about my running,” says Sarah. “I have a couple running/blogging friends whose lives revolve around chasing their personal record, laboring over their 3 month training cycle, eating the exact number of carbs. No, thanks.” Sarah adds “my philosophy is that there’s always another race and running is just a part of my life, not life itself.”
 

Sarah was born and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska and lived there until she was 14. She was brought up in a fishing family: her great-grandfather, grandfather, father and two brothers were all commercial fisherman. Once in high school she and her two brothers fished in the summers to save up money for college. Having her fill of halibut and salmon, she eventually moved to California to attend school. She now lives with her husband in Orange County, CA where the weather permits her to run nearly every day of the year. 
 

She inspires thousands in her running-focused blog. “I’m honest and open with a lot of taboo topics that other bloggers won’t touch,” she says.  “For example, I have no problem talking about my weight, weight loss/gain and body image because I’m really comfortable with myself.  Every woman wants to read about those things, how to lose weight, etc, but no one will admit to it because everyone’s quick to criticize emotionally-charged subjects.”
 

So, what’s next for Sarah? She is looking forward to running marathons in Chicago and New York. She is also considering running in two more ultra relays, possibly with a five man team instead of six, making it, of course, tougher and longer. For more information on Sarah Moore, and to read her blog go to www.skinnyrunner.com