Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Marathon Majors as a (lofty) goal

Running the world's biggest six marathons

“You feel like a single cell of one huge organism consisting of 30 thousands similar running cells”
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I don't think of running as grueling, I always found it easy. I love going outdoors, no matter the weather, checking the neighborhood, humming a tune in the rhythm of my steps, sometimes listening to the music, or more likely an audiobook, other times going "commando" (sans-music) and getting lost in thought. And no, running the same routes doesn't bore me either. Every day is different, even if the route is the same. There are different people—and some of the same ones too—walking different dogs, different squirrels (though I can't be absolutely certain of this, as I can't tell them apart other than by the color of their fur) rush up different trees... I don't get people who complain about running all the time, yet do it every day. It must be an extreme form of self-torture; how much energy do they spend only to get themselves out the door, before even making the first running step! I can't wait to go out, it's a highlight of my day. If I feel tired, I go slow. If it still doesn't feel as nice as I'd like, I cut it short. But, mostly it's a very enjoyable experience, never grueling.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Size matters

Weight loss and the role of portion size

No need to go to such extremes to lose weight
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I feel elated and light like a feather. And no, it's not strictly metaphorical, other than the feather part, of course. Exactly three weeks ago I embarked on a weight loss crusade, joined by my wife Margo. The goal was the same for both of us—to shed 10 lbs. As you may have guessed by the opening sentence, we've accomplished it fairly easy in 21 days. Here's how it went.

First, a little background: we are both on the slim(ish) side, Margo is petite 5'4 and was 120 lbs to start, I am 6'1 and was 180 lbs. However, we both felt sluggish in our skins, heavy and devoid of energy. On top of that, I have developed a nagging back pain and Margo suffered upper back stiffness and neck pain. I don't believe the weight was the cause of our back problems, but it contributed to our feeling heavy and listless. After complaining about it for months, we finally decided to do something.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Starting again

Where I’ve been and what I’ve done since the last RunCast

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Every runner knows coming back after a long break is hard. Whether you were out with an injury, or life got in the way, starting the running over is a bitch! All the muscles that worked like parts of a perfect purring engine now misfire, hurt and misbehave. Although it takes less time to get where you once were, it takes more will power.

Something similar is happening with me now. And I’m NOT talking about running - I’m talking about runcasting. Or, rather, blogging.

For over a year since the last podcast I went through the phases. First it was fatigue with podcasting, then it was a withdrawal phase. When I was at peace with myself about not doing RunCast any longer, I started having ideas that would be just great for another episode, and had to fight myself to dismiss them. I consciously stopped checking the traffic report on the blog and updating twitter. But, the ideas, the thoughts wouldn’t leave me alone. So, I relapsed, and here I am doing it again. Please don’t judge me harshly.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Runcast 81 - the last cast

As you probably guessed from the title of this podcast, this is a farewell. It wasn't a pre-meditated decision, and it certainly wasn't an easy one.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Runcast 79 - Breaking long run into two / What is your favorite running surface?

The new concept breaks the long slow distance run into two more intense and more manageable halves. Do you prefer hard or soft when it comes to running surface? We explain the difference and why you should vary the surface you run on.


Links:
Runcast 69 - Importance of the long run in marathon training / Can running form be self-taught?
Time To Forget The Long, Slow Run
How Running On Different Surfaces Affects Your Body

Sunday, January 27, 2013