Apr 17, 2013
I ditched “steady-state cardio” — those endless slogs of running for hours at the same pace — a long time ago… partially because I hated it (so boring!) but mostly because smart people told me that intervals and strength training were much better options for fat loss.
But before I got smarter about my training, I did a lot of steady-state cardio. I used to participate in triathlons,...
Jul 11, 2012
Warning: A great night’s sleep plus an invigorating run/walk around the lake has been known to inspire a contemplative mood. Here are two thoughts I worked over this morning while I shuffled my feet in the gravel. They might be kinda squishy and groovy; sue me.
1. Butterflies Into Caterpillars
This story has been very helpful to me in the past, and I remembered it when I saw a butterfly...
Jun 11, 2012
This morning, I hit the Town Lake Trail for an hour of deep breathing and talking to myself. It was wholly rejuvenating, and when I came home, I sautéed up a Hot Plate of collard greens, sweet potatoes, and chicken breast. While I ate, I scribbled in my journal: “Got the snakes out of my brain.”
In no particular order, here are my…
The “Just Enough”...
Apr 20, 2012
If you haven’t treated yourself to the app Zombies, Run! yet, don’t wait! Get it now; so much fun. And if you are running from zombs, I gotta tell you: Mission 9 is so so so good. The story takes an unexpected, poignant turn, and it’s brilliant. I felt sheer elation at the end of the mission when I finally ran through the gates to Abel. Naomi Alderman, the author of the story (and some...
Apr 17, 2012
So far, the app Zombies, Run! has transformed my runs from ordinary to Holy sh*t! Zombies… run! in the very best way possible. Whether I’m running under moody skies in my (usually boring) neighborhood or in brilliant sunshine on the hike & bike trail around the lake, Zombies, Run! makes every workout more fun — and mildly terrifying.
Today, I tested it on Playa Grande here in Costa Rica....
Apr 4, 2012
We hit the trail in the sunshine and perfect temps this morning for a workout with Zombies, Run! I did 3:30/1:00 running/walking, and when we’d finished our official missions, we walked about 30 minutes around the lake, enjoying the dogs and the easy start to the day. So, observant readers…
Which of the following did I actually see on my run this morning?
B. A hot air...
Mar 29, 2012
Focus one point and breathe.
This is a real conversation from Wednesday morning while I laced up my shoes to go run from zombies.
Me: I figured if nothing’s going to work to help me lose weight right now, I may as well do what’s fun.
Dave: That sentence works even better if you take off the first part.
Me: … [unable to think of a smartass reply because to some degree, he was right]
Mar 7, 2012
I put my headphones in my ears, and hit the “Start Mission” button. The first thing I heard? The sound of helicopter rotors. Then a crisp British accent began to describe the scenery below. I was in the helicopter! Before I knew it, something terrible had happened — there might have been a rocket launcher involved — and then an urgent voice shouted:
There are 30, no...
May 20, 2011
For the last few weeks, our Friday morning workouts at CrossFit Austin have been Monsters of Cardio. There’s been lots of running, interspersed with stuff like burpees and pullups and double-unders and such. The running distances have been longer than usual – 800s or “run for 5:00, 4 rounds” – and the cutoff times for the workouts have been at 40 minutes – twice as long as...
Mar 26, 2011
It’s Saturday! Take a load off and enjoy these videos that will make you want to hit the streets or a running trail this weekend: two rock stars (of different kinds) on why tramps like us were born to run… Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and Bruce in London.
Enjoy! First, the smarts…
Feb 6, 2011
First, the snow.
I know half an inch of snow and temperatures in the teens aren’t a big deal to many readers of my blog. But in Austin, Texas, it’s a very unusual occurrence. According to the local news, last week included some of the coldest temperatures in Austin since 1989. (Our friends, visiting from Alaska, joked that we really didn’t need to go so far to make them feel welcome.)...