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,…

What I love about comeback stories, part 1.

You may have noticed that – ahem – Every48 took a little break for a bit of time this month. Baby Bear and his parents escaped for a few days to Hawaii, and it was lovely. Then we came back to Seattle, cold and rainy and thoroughly winterized. Sigh. I’ve been thinking about comeback stories….

Sometimes, you get a fitness freebie. Take it.

When I was running my personal-best marathon in 2011, I noticed that a couple of the later miles actually felt pretty easy. They were downhill, or maybe just not uphill, or maybe the crowds on that part of the course were extra-fun. Whatever it was, those particular miles didn’t feel as hard as the ones…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 4: Keeping Promises

Otherwise known, variously, as “self-discipline,” “self-efficacy,” and a whole host of other terms, all of which basically mean one thing: we do what we say we are going to do. I will be writing this post rather quickly, because it is 8:20 a.m. and by 8:45 a.m. I’m going to be heading out the door…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 3: Getting Real

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (actually, it was probably just Pennsylvania, where I grew up), I thought that people who looked fit and healthy had some sort of magic gene pool that they were drawing from to get that wonderful healthy glow about them. They were the lucky ones. I,…

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…

Throwback Thursday: Where it all began, almost ten months ago

Sometimes, especially when I’ve had, say, a situation or two to solve on the previous day, or week (or worse: when it feels like everything is hitting the fan), I have a hard time remembering how much progress I’ve made in my health. That’s when I play the “One Year Ago” game. It’s pretty simple….

Throwback Thursday: How measurement helps a fitness program.

On this Throwback Thursday, I’m thinking about measuring progress. Last night was my first decent track workout of the fall 2014 season after a summer of lots of quadricep-strengthening exercises and way less running than I wanted. I love running with my GPS on the track, because it’s a marker and a barometer for where…