In a few hours I will be hiking 26.5 miles from Hanging Rock State Park to the top of Pilot Mountain. This is all part of a fundraiser my wife and I are taking part in for Make-A-Wish of Eastern NC. [Read more…]
16 Weeks Episodes
After bonking 10 miles into a 15 mile run, I found myself with a whole new set of questions. At this point in my training, a 15 mile long run should be tough, but manageable. So, what went wrong? [Read more…]
In episode 2 we talked about different ways to get in a workout during a busy week. One of the things that I started doing this semester is running to campus — run commuting. I teach from 9:00 to 11:30 in the mornings, so running to work lets me squeeze in about five and a half miles before lunch.
The key here is knowing what to bring along for the run. I need to have clothes to wear at work, supplies that’ll help me clean up, and dry running clothes for the commute home. [Read more…]
Making time for exercise
Adults who are physically active are healthier and less likely to develop many chronic diseases than adults who aren’t active — regardless of their gender or ethnicity.
That’s according to the Physical Activity Guidelines provided by the US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
The crazy thing is that exercise can prevent diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer, but only 1 in 5 Americans meet the Physical Activity Guidelines. Why? Many will tell you they’re just too busy. [Read more…]
Three years of no activity. Then … training for a 50k race. Crazy, right?
The first step of training for an ultramarathon run after three years of little activity is gauging your fitness level. That’s exactly what I did on August 17, 2016.
The plan was simple: Walk one mile to warm up and then run for three. But, as I found out, that’s easier said than done. [Read more…]
In 16 weeks I’m taking on the biggest physical challenge of my life — a 50k trail run. Easy for an athletic person with lots of free time, but that’s not me. I wasn’t born with grace and athleticism. And time definitely isn’t on my side. [Read more…]