Posts tagged ‘heart rate monitor’

June 1, 2011

The Best Run. Ever.

I just got back from the best run of my life.

Well, I wrote this on Monday afternoon and now it is Wednesday night. But I’m not changing the tense because I don’t want to.

So yes. I just got back form the best run of my life.

My iPod battery was dead, I wasn’t anywhere near my favorite paths, I forgot my heart rate monitor, it was 88 degrees, humid, and overcast.

Not exactly ideal conditions, huh?

But it was So. Much. Fun. Probably the most fun I have ever had running, actually. These vibrams continue to make me into a completely different runner. But I’ll do more of a Vibram update in another post — here I want to write about the surprising joy of the run I just finished, because it was like nothing else I’ve experienced. And I am so relaxed and happy and sort of in awe of what running can be and can feel like.

Damn, these Vibrams are making me into a crazy hippie. I’m even laying out in the park, handwriting this post. Still sweaty from the run, still wearing the “shoes,” and just feeling amazing.

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March 15, 2011

Guest Post — 10 Steps to Stay Motivated to Work Out

(that's my plane hair)

World, meet Michelle, who I adore & think is awesome. I think you guys will get along.

Despite having only ever seen each other’s faces one time after an early morning flight I took to Chicago, we are best friends. It’s true. Ask anyone. We know each other through a WeightWatchers.com board, share a lot of the same head space, struggle with a lot of similar things, and generally support each other and kick each other in the face when one of us is being stupid in terms of making smart healthy choices in life and keeping our heads on straight. There tend to be almost daily face-kickings. It’s good stuff.

Someone recently asked Michelle to share, via e-mail, how she stays motivated to work out, and she pulled this (perfect) list together. She told me about it, and I asked if I could share it with the world, because I just believe that most awesome things ought to be shared with the world. So, world, here are my lovely and badass friend Michelle’s 10 Simple Steps to Staying Motivated to Workout. Enjoy!

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March 7, 2011

The Long Run

Now that the weather is warming up and April race dates are approaching, it seems that everyone is starting to rotate a long run back into their exercise schedules, and I would please like to talk about them, why I think they’re great, and share what I’ve learned about prepping for, running, and recovering from long runs.  If you’re not one who runs (yet?), there is still stuff to be learned about fitness within the words of this post – pinky swear. This is long, but it’s full of good stuff. As with most of my knowledge, the following is the compilation of months of googling combined with experience. Lovely. Let’s go.

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February 9, 2011

The Heart Rate Monitor, Googled Science, and General Dorkiness

Look! My heart rate monitor! (this will be the only truly helpful picture in this post)

You don’t need a lot of equipment, gear, or other items to be active unless your activity of choice is, say, ice-wall climbing, kayaking, trapeze artistry, or some other activity which clearly focuses around using things to move yourself through a certain environment.

However, there are certain, technically unnecessary items which I do consider to be crucial to my continued athletic lifestyle –this will be the first post of numerous ones which act as unintentional product placement.  While I’m fairly confident that I would be motivated to maintain my exercise regimen without these tools (especially as I continue to be amazed by the mentally rejuvenating power of a good run after an exhausting day), using them helps me to more easily incorporate activity into my life. A note that this post is very picture-light because I literally left everything in the world that I would like to take pictures of at work (I am taking a well-deserved day off today, both from work and from exercise).

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