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…

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…

The 100th Post at Every48!

It really has been 100 posts since Every48 began in the wee hours of 2014. In honor of the event, this week is Throwback Week: five days featuring some of the most popular posts on the site, as well as a couple of my personal favorites. The “mad scientist” post made its first appearance in…

Planning Workouts 101: “Pair” your workout. Here’s how.

I got this idea from Gretchen Rubin when she spoke at the lovely UPOD Academy for writers in February. If you’re having trouble getting something done (say, a workout), “pair” it with something else so that it gets a little tastier, a little more attractive, a little more fun. Important! Pairing is not a reward. It’s…

Planning Workouts 101: If you schedule it…

…It will come. I promise. I’m talking, of course, about workouts. Ah, schedules, to-do lists and, as my business coach likes to say, the “Stack of Shame.” All of the things we know we should do for ourselves that we, ahem, sometimes kind of just forget to do…or shove into the corner for a while…

Planning Workouts 101: What sounds like fun? Do that!

There’s an old saying out there about working out that goes something like this: “The best workout is the one you’re actually going to do.” That means for my Zumba friends, it’s Zumba. Except when it’s hot yoga. Or a cross-training class. Or hiking in the woods with friends. And for my hiking friends, it’s…

Boston Marathon 2014: It’s almost here.

Key marathon ingredient #1: Sleep. After a week of far less exercise than I’m accustomed to, the race is almost here. Today, I’ll pick up my race number and spend some time at the Boston Marathon race expo – the mecca of race expos. My Garmin needs a battery. Maybe I need an extra pair…

Boston Marathon 2014: The Taper Begins

Ah, the marathon taper. A great time to obsess about whether you’re ready to run…to second-guess your training, your nutrition, your rest patterns, your race strategy, and your insomnia…a great place to meet up with your neuroses for a full week before you can do anything about it. And by “do anything about it,” I…