Meme Day Friday: Remove the Obstacles

Saw this on a list of “top fitness mantras” at Greatist.com recently: It’s the start that stops most people. And it instantly jumped to the top of the queue on my all-time list of greatest fitness memes, because, oh, it hit a nerve. There’s a difference between what we think we’re doing, and what we’re…

Keeping accountable: Get your friends involved

I gave myself a virtual kick in the pants earlier today. I told my Facebook community that it’s eight weeks until the Boston Marathon (technically, seven weeks and four days as of this morning), and I need them to keep me seriously accountable to my training and self-care during this time, because I want to…

The workout toolkit, Part 2: The Daily Schedule

Call it what you wish: the daily schedule, to-do list, priorities list, morning meditation on what-is-to-be-done, whatever. It’s a tool for the toolkit that helps me to visualize how I’m going to get ‘er done on chock-full days. The Daily Schedule. Last week I was in Los Angeles. It was light outside by 6:30 a.m….

The Workout Toolkit, Part 1

Compare the toolkits of someone just starting out in a handicraft field, and a master craftsman/craftswoman, and you might see this: the longer you do something, the better your toolkit gets. You curate your tools. You choose new ones, or replace old ones. You clean out the things you don’t need anymore. You get very…

The post-workout shower, and giving it your all.

It’s true. This is a rockin’ part of every intense workout I’ve ever done. Maybe it’s kind of counterintuitive that I’m talking about  the end of the workout as being one of my favorite things about the workout, right? But it’s not really counterintuitive. The workout is still happening in our bodies, even after we’ve…

Commitment. Essential.

It’s Meme Day Friday and we’re keeping it short and sweet today, in honor of a busy week. (I handed in a huge writing project last night and slept in this morning – I am wiped out. But I will get my workout in later today if I can – and if I’m still wiped…

Best Practices, Part 1: Tummy texts.

This is the story of how a basket of deep-fried tortilla chips taught my tummy to, ahem, text me its displeasure – 18 hours later. So there I was yesterday morning, running in a place I hadn’t been to in a while but that held very fond memories for me, and I was getting in…

You are a laboratory of one. Be a mad scientist.

Ever since I started to get my own health under control five years ago, I’ve considered myself a “laboratory of one.” Let me explain. If I were to have started reading all of the legitimate-seeming scientific studies, the nutritional texts, the biology and chemistry and exercise physiology books, and the magazine articles that all advertise…

The Zen Run

I wish I could remember where I first heard about this idea. It was definitely from a runner, and I’m sure an elite runner – I think I read it in an interview with a runner in a running magazine, and I so wish that I could remember, so that I could give her credit….

What to do when you don’t want to do anything. At all.

My nephew just turned 20 months old. (At his age, you count the months. I can’t wait until he’s starting to know how tall he is so that he can tell me his height in eighths of an inch.) The thing about toddlers is that they are very clear on what they want to do,…

Exercise keeps your heart beating happily

I can’t help myself. It’s Valentine’s Day and Meme Day Friday besides. (Thank you, Dwight Schrute, for your contribution to today’s Every48 post.) It’s time for a post on the science of what regular, vigorous exercise does for your heart. 1. It increases your aerobic threshold, so that you can run faster for a longer…

Presenting…The triumphant capillary story!

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, no, it wasn’t, really. It was more of a cloudy and ever-so-slightly drizzly March morning on Mercer Island, which is just a mile due east of Seattle, sitting in the middle of Lake Washington. Lovely, spendy – and hilly. Really hilly. It was March 2011. I had…