One more repost for a favorite fitness meme: Remove the Obstacles

[One more reblog today because we’re on the move. A great race report coming tomorrow, plus thoughts on the Big Picture (or, why this Every48 experiment appears to be working). The post below was first published at Every48 on February 28, 2014, and it’s still way, way relevant more than ten months into this journey…

Monday “What Went Well” Report: Setbacks can be a gift

At least, that’s what I’m telling myself today. Here’s one of the little secrets of weight loss: it really, really helps when your primary exercise is long-distance running. That sport burns energy like nobody’s business. I’ve been at my leanest when I was in the throes of major-league race training. And today, I can’t run…

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…

The Workout Toolkit, Part 3: “Go-To” Cardio Workouts

Situation: I need to do cardio and I’m brain-dead. That was me yesterday. I had planned a run, but just didn’t get out there when I should have. By 4 p.m., I was stuck. Tired. And uninspired. In these situations, I use my third workout tool: the no-brainer workout. (In case you’re new to Every48,…

Workouts are Pass/Fail. If you show up, you passed.

Got to talking with some people on the weekend about keeping enthusiasm for workouts going. Just about everyone in the group acknowledged that it can be hard, hard, hard to get out there. Even though they also admitted that working out has a 100% success rate. Nobody ever regrets getting out there to get their…

Fitness Meme of the Week: Keep Looking Up

I don’t suppose you’ve noticed that I’ve had a bear of a week. But I hope you’ve noticed something kind of interesting about it: I didn’t give up on my workouts. And today, I kind of feel like this: And this: And so that’s my fitness meme of the week. Because yesterday, after a week…

Meme Day Friday: Remove the Obstacles

Saw this on a list of “top fitness mantras” at Greatist.com recently: It’s the start that stops most people. And it instantly jumped to the top of the queue on my all-time list of greatest fitness memes, because, oh, it hit a nerve. There’s a difference between what we think we’re doing, and what we’re…