Motivation Week! No time to exercise? Try a quickie.

Stardate: June 11, 2014. Location: A high school track in Seattle where my track club meets up on Wednesday evenings. Situation: This workaholic runner wants to get her butt kicked by some long distance intervals. But her coaches have other ideas. Enter the Quickie. The “Quickie” isn’t a workout. It’s a mindset. It’s what happens…

Motivation Week! How friends stay fit together.

Funny scene from a Weight Watchers meeting a few years ago that I attended: We were talking about the link between adopting a lifestyle with more physical activity, and our social lives. Somebody mentioned that when you wake up early to go walking, you wind up finding other people who are doing the same thing…

Motivation Week! Secret weapons for staying motivated.

This is a list of the top five life hacks I’ve road-tested in my quest to stay motivated to exercise. (Preview of coming attractions: Tomorrow I’ll showcase the life hacks my Facebook friends have used in their quest to stay active on a regular basis.) Top 5 Life Hacks for Fitness Motivation 1. The Money…

It’s Motivation Week at Every 48! How to get your rear in gear.

Let’s start this week with one of my favorite all-time quotes on the subject of motivation: People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar Yup. That’s motivation for you. That fleeting feeling you get, that flutter of happiness, when you’re thinking of doing something…

Fitness Meme of the Week: Want Crotchety?

Simple. Skip your workout. Or, as Bart Yasso from Runner’s World tweeted on Wednesday, which was National Runner’s Day: When I work out, I get happy. When I don’t work out, I get crotchety. Cause/effect. Simple stuff, really. That is all. Get out there and get your workout on. See you next week. Yesterday’s #Every48…

When in doubt, just show up.

I have been kicking and screaming my way through not showing up to my running group’s weekly track workout for a while now. I have excellent excuses, of course – don’t we all? It’s at 6:30 at night and I’m a morning person. It’s in Seattle and I live in Bellevue, so I have to…

An Ode to National Running Day!

It’s National Running Day, and you know what that means, right? Get out there and run. Even if it’s just for a minute or two. We all ran right out of the box as soon as we could figure out how to do it – I mean, my nearly-two-year-old nephew thinks running is the world’s…

Race Report! Sometimes, you just pop a good one.

The original idea was to find a half-marathon I could sink my teeth into after the Boston Marathon – early June, which still (usually) offers good long-distance running weather in the Pacific Northwest. Then I realized I was definitely not excited about running 13.1 miles competitively so soon after a marathon. (“Competitively” = putting my…

The May Stats Report: Even keel.

There’s something to be said for holding steady on an even keel. Some months, we want to make a big push forward in our health, or in our career, or in another aspect of our life. And sometimes – especially after a month with a “big push” in it, we’re better off holding back a…