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…

The July Stats Report: The little engine that could.

I love the children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.” It’s one of the great childhood parables about keeping yourself moving forward, no matter what challenges lie ahead and make you wonder whether you “could” do something…if only you kept going. If you haven’t read it…or if you just want the Amazon.com Cliff Notes version,…

Monday: What Went Well – I Survived the Big Fat Italian Wedding

You know My Big Fat Greek Wedding, right? The very fun 2002 Nia Vardalos film about, well, getting very married when you’re very, very Greek? I’m here to report that the Italians are exactly the same as the Greeks. Or, to put it more succinctly, the Italian-Americans are exactly the same as the Greek-Americans when…

New feature! “What Went Well” Monday

On this fine Monday morning I’m taking a page out of the playbook of positive psychology – an academic field of study created by Dr. Martin  E. P. Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. This week I’m reflecting on the first six months of Every48 and my goal to get an hour of exercise in,…

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…

Fitness Gadgetry, and Deciding When to Go Offline

A funny thing happened this week: I got tired of wearing an activity monitor that I’d been using daily, without fail (some might say religiously), for most of the last two years. And yesterday, Carl Richards in the New York Times gave me some ideas as to why that might be. Gadgets automate knowledge that…

The March Stats Report: From Sprints to Endurance

“!!!!!!!!” only lasts for so long. Keep moving. At a wonderful writing seminar I attend every year in Los Angeles, we spend three days around a table working to help each other identify not only our professional and personal strengths, but our passions for where we really want to go with our careers. We leave…

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…