Ah, December is here and the holiday season is in full swing. We just survived Thanksgiving, Hanukkah is already under way, but now the Christmas Holiday and New year’s is heading our way. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s usually means a lot of food and drinks due to family celebrations and holiday parties. A lot of people gain weight during this time accordingly, but that does not necessarily have to be the case. I have been doing pretty good on that side of things over the last few years, but that has not always been the case. Here are some easy to follow tips to stay fit during the holidays and how to avoid gaining weight as well. [Read more...]
I went running outside yesterday and it was freaking cold for sure. It showed 7 degrees Fahrenheit when I left the house and since it was later in the afternoon it certainly did not get warmer while I was out there running in the snow. The sidewalks in my neighborhood were Ok to run – most people had already shoveled snow, but the sidewalks at the bigger streets were full with snow. It looked like they had been plowed already, but then the big snow plows that take care of the streets “filled them up” with snow again. Partially it was very difficult to run and I am sore a bit due to this unexpected exercise. It’s almost like trail running – you use different muscles because you are not running on a flat surface, but running in snow is also a bit more difficult because your feet sink into the snow. [Read more...]
When I woke up this morning it was not pleasant outside as you can see from the picture on the left. We had about half an inch of snow in the drive way and I actually used a broom to clear out the driveway and the path to the front door. It was a very powdery snow – I assume due to the low humidity and the frigid temperatures. I left home at 4.40 AM to go to Kosama for my morning workout. The roads were a bit icy, but nothing major and so I arrived quite early. Only one other guy showed up for the workout and so it was a very small class of just two people and the coach today. [Read more...]
I kinda knew it, but it is always good to have some scientific prove that running is good for you and that shedding pounds is even better for you. Some Canadian Scientists performed a systematic review of studies that followed people for more than 10 years and even though some people boosted good metabolic numbers (low cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure to mention just a few), they still found increased risks of cardiovascular death, heart disease, and ultimately heart attack. Apparently over the years some “health gurus” have created the term “healthy obesity”. I always found this contradicting – in my opinion if you are fat you are fat and that comes with all the additional health risks accordingly. [Read more...]
I live in Colorado and one of the sayings people have for the weather is to wait 30 minutes and the weather will be totally different from before. The weather can change really fast here. I actually experienced this in Summer 2012 while being out hiking four 14ers in one day. We just started hiking down the forth mountain when the weather went from sunny to being overcast to a heavy thunderstorm in less than 30 minutes. We got caught in a nasty thunderstorm that came out of nowhere and it is not fun – especially when lightning is involved. We made it down the mountain safely that day, but it reminded me about how fast the weather can change here. [Read more...]
What are your Marathon (or other distance) race tips? Running your first race is certainly something special, but there are quite a few things you need to know about – especially if you first race is a Half-Marathon or a Full Marathon. The longer the race distance the more you need to be prepared – otherwise your race experience and performance could suffer quite a bit. [Read more...]
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you are going to have a great day today. My day started with the traditional Turkey Day 5K run here in Highlands Ranch. Not sure how accurate it is, but I saw race bibs going into the 5,000s and it felt very crowded today. So, maybe there were over 5,000 people running this morning. [Read more...]
I just got back from a really nice run. The weather outside has been awesome today. It was 47 degrees and the skies were simply blue with almost no wind. Perfect weather for running and so I head outside at around 1.00 PM. I ran for exactly one hour and I mean exactly one hour. When I stopped my Nike Plus GPS watch the time recorded was exactly 1:00:00 – that’s a new one for me. I did not stop the time because I wanted to hit the hour mark, I had just arrived at home and my run was over. [Read more...]
On Saturday I finally went for my first run since the Las Vegas Marathon. It felt good to be out there again, however it would have been nice if the weather would have co-operated, too. It was cold and the entire day was gloomy and it was not fun being outside. Since I am still fighting the stupid ear infection I was wearing a hat that covered my ears, but with sweat and cold temperatures around freezing it was not the best running experience and I called it a day after 5.6 miles. I just did not want to risk anything and getting a cold head during a run when having an ear infection is just not such a good idea.
This is the first runner interview of many more to come here on my website. During my marathon training I found so many different blogs about running, it was almost overwhelming. Some blogs were old and seemed abandoned, but the majority of blogs provided a lot of interesting stories and really helpful and motivating information. Some of these blogs simply got me hooked and I subscribed to their news feed or Twitter account or Facebook page or I did all of the above. Reading the stories behind those blogs raised my interest in hearing more and so I tried to get in touch with some of these bloggers and I asked them for a quick interview.