Swimming Conundrum #1: I can’t breathe.

Dolphins have a convenient blowhole. Fish don’t need to worry about all of that breathing-oxygen silliness. But evidently, I don’t know how to breathe properly while I’m swimming. Chalk this one up under “Lessons learned while getting active.” Yesterday, after a lifetime of sort-of knowing how to swim freestyle – at least enough to get…

Fitness Meme of the Week: Yes, I know it’s only Thursday

But today’s a busy day, so I offer you this thought for the day: Some “bad days” are just hard and we get through them…and some are ones where we wake up the next morning a bit bummed out at the choices we made the day before to try to make ourselves feel better. So…

In defense of swimming

…Or, how a runner got in the pool and didn’t drown, get eaten by sharks, or turn into a prune. Tried a new thing last July at my schmancy fitness club that offers everything from A to Z: a triathlon swim class. With a bunch of serious athletes who looked at me in their TYR…

Yoga isn’t just for pretzel twists. It’s for pretzel rods, too.

I’m going to cut to the chase this morning: Yoga – or some type of regular stretching routine – is basically essential for good health. Running is cool. But flexibility is key. I love all of the gadgets out there these days that help us figure out how many steps we’re taking, calories we’re burning,…

Every race has a lesson. Here’s what I learned yesterday.

So, the news of what happened at yesterday’s half-marathon could be reported two ways. Let’s look behind Door Number One first: “I ran my slowest-ever Mercer Island Half Marathon yesterday and it felt hard the whole way and I was bummed.” Now, let’s look at Door Number Two: “I ran the same time on a…

Fitness Meme of the Week: You Just Get Better

Here’s my nomination for Fitness Meme of the Week: It’s 100% true. The more we work consistently towards our goals, the more attainable those goals become. I’m getting ready for my fifth year at the Mercer Island Half-Marathon on Sunday – one of the finest, if not the finest, half-marathons on the west coast. I…

Workout Inspiration: Do it for a great cause

I’m running my fourth consecutive Boston Marathon in a few weeks – my third with a wonderful charity I got involved with to honor the life of a dear friend and coach in the Boston area. I’ve mentioned him once before on this blog – his name is Martin Duffy and he ran forty (yes,…

The Workout Toolkit, Part 3: “Go-To” Cardio Workouts

Situation: I need to do cardio and I’m brain-dead. That was me yesterday. I had planned a run, but just didn’t get out there when I should have. By 4 p.m., I was stuck. Tired. And uninspired. In these situations, I use my third workout tool: the no-brainer workout. (In case you’re new to Every48,…

Workouts are Pass/Fail. If you show up, you passed.

Got to talking with some people on the weekend about keeping enthusiasm for workouts going. Just about everyone in the group acknowledged that it can be hard, hard, hard to get out there. Even though they also admitted that working out has a 100% success rate. Nobody ever regrets getting out there to get their…

Fitness Meme of the Week: Keep Looking Up

I don’t suppose you’ve noticed that I’ve had a bear of a week. But I hope you’ve noticed something kind of interesting about it: I didn’t give up on my workouts. And today, I kind of feel like this: And this: And so that’s my fitness meme of the week. Because yesterday, after a week…