The secret is…there is no secret.

Early morning wake-up call today. I was driving my mother to the airport  for a flight back to the east coast – she’s been in town for a few weeks. On the drive back, I ran into rush-hour traffic. That meant a little more radio (ESPN 710 AM – Seahawks Super Bowl edition live from…

The Big Picture, Part 2

Earlier this month I riffed on the idea of the Big Picture: the idea that there is no “perfect” at any given moment (check out last Friday’s blog for more on that), but we can always do something, right now, that gets us out the door and moving. This has been a really good month,…

If you wait for perfect

It’s Friday Meme Day at #every48 – my chance to bring you the best of the week’s exercise-related memes from my Facebook feed. And here we are with today’s entry. If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Do you have a mantra, a saying, or just a word that gets…

The Big Picture

This whole year-long effort is about the big picture. There are just lots and lots of little brushstrokes that form it, and every single one of them has something to teach me. Here is what I know for certain: I like feeling healthy. I feel healthiest when I’m active. I feel least healthy when I…

Writer’s Block

It’s 8:17 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22 as I write these words and I can’t think of a single thing to say this morning because my head is already in my workday, which is going to be a big ‘un, as they say. Running workout to come this afternoon when this morning Seattle fog lifts….

The photo that gets me out there, every time

Quick post today – lots of work to do, and a bike or row at the gym to fit in this afternoon (it will be a game time decision). A favorite quote: We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising. Dr. Kenneth Cooper, Cooper Institute Would…

I ate badly yesterday, so I don’t want to exercise today. Ha ha ha.

There was a small chocolate and Trader Joe’s vanilla meringue incident at my writing desk yesterday afternoon. You know what I’m talking about. Those incidents (and they are merely that, “incidents” as opposed to “epics” – an epic is when you decide to eat poorly for, say, a few months because you blew an afternoon)…

No track? No problem!

Ah, a running track. A perfect 400-meter oval. A great place to get in a – wait for it – track workout. As long as you happen to have one in your backyard, or down the street. I happen to live very close to a great one – a certified 400-meter track at a local high…

Time, Part 2: “That time” of year.

Once upon a time, during a conversation in December, amidst all the holiday temptations and treats, somebody said it was so hard to take care of themselves because “it’s that time of year.” A wise sage in the same conversation piped up and replied: “It’s always ‘that time of year.’” Thank you, O Wise Sage,…

It’s time.

What’s the secret in making time for workouts? This year, I’m making that a very simple process. I just do them. I ask myself, “How much time do I really need to get this done?” and then I look at how much time I’m spending on things that I don’t really need to be doing….

Yes, it’s raining today.

What, are you surprised? Welcome to Seattle. Exercising in Seattle every 48 hours means that sometimes, you’re going to need to go outside to get a workout in. My favorite Gore-Tex jacket was purchased at REI’s outlet website for about a third of its original price. I have a collection of full-length exercise pants –…

Dress for Success

There’s a crazy cold wave on the East Coast right now. And thousands of people training in Boston right now for the Boston Marathon – including elite marathoner Shalane Flanagan, who will compete to win the whole race in April. The Boston Marathon organization (my heroes forever, and not just because of what happened last year…