What I Love About Comeback Stories, Part 2

Oh, comeback stories. They are so inspiring when you’re watching them from the safety and security of your own sofa, and so very hard when you’re trying to craft one yourself. The hardest part of this journey? Remembering, constantly, how easy some things used to be. Today, running three miles requires two walking breaks. But,…

Tuesday Workout of the Week: Doc says “Run.” Patient listens.

Thank heaven for physical therapists. It’s their job to stop us from getting ourselves more injured than we already are when we’ve gone and done something silly, such as taking a massive fall and straining just about every muscle in our shoulder as a result. (Also, getting awesome bruises all up and down our shins….

Throwback Thursday: The Zen Run Redux

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh……..” Some days, you just want to exhale. Today is one of those days for me. Enjoy this throwback post from February that describes one of my favorite workouts for the days when you just need to move but can’t quite figure out what to do, or how to get going. The quick answer: let…

Monday “What Went Well”: Crashed into a brick wall. And won.

Oh, life. You humor me so much sometimes. One moment we’re just rocking out to great tunes and running down a mid-autumn road in the sun-dappled morning the day after a big windstorm…and the next moment, we’re kissing a brick wall because we just tripped on one of those fallen tree branches from said windstorm…

Monday “What Went Well”: Just do it.

Ah, there’s that nifty Nike slogan again. Thing is, it’s basically 100% right. I’m training for a marathon to end 2014 and yesterday I ran a 15-miler on a morning when I really wanted to stay in bed. My coach said, do it slower than you want to for the first 12 miles, then pick…

Monday “What Went Well”: Get good gear!

It’s one of my favorite takeaways from the book Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond. Get good gear. Not just to look good and feel good, but to be well-protected against the elements when you’re out there getting your workout on. So what went well last week? For…

Throwback Thursday: “Try a little harder.”

If you’re stuck in a rut with your workouts, or anything else in your life, this is the Throwback Thursday post for you. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (well, really just one city away: Seattle), somebody gave me work advice, but it was really workout advice. And it changed my…

Tuesday Workout of the Week: Let’s Make a Deal!

It was one of those days. Or, to put it more accurately, one of those nights. A night when sleep was not easy in arriving, and left me far too quickly. By 3 a.m., I was up, fully awake, and no amount of white noise, beachy sounds, bedtime stories or backrubs was going to get…

Tuesday Workout of the Week: The Two-By-Five!

No, that’s not a new measurement for a piece of wood. It’s a workout I created last Friday when I really, really needed to get out and exercise, because I had a three-day dry spell last week where I didn’t move a whole lot. (There were acute contributing circumstances. I haven’t gone three days without…

Tuesday Workout(s) of the Week: Comeback Kids

You’ve been injured. Or you’ve been away from exercise for a while (work, school, a pregnancy, family stress…). Whatever it is, your body isn’t 100% quite yet. But it isn’t 0% anymore, either. You’re ready to get back into the game. Slowly. Today’s post is for you. It’s all about getting back on the horsie….