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30 Day Blog Challenge, Temple Building
In January 2012, I hung up my running shoes and started exercising indoors. One month into a 12-week fitness program, I placed a full-length mirror in the living room. I spent six mornings a week engaging in high intensity cardio, and seeing the results from day to day – chiseling, bloating, and stops between – proved motivating. April 1, I went for my first run of the year. I ran a personal best. It burned, though. Shortly thereafter, I began another 12-week program. This one was weight lifting (Pump). Normally I dislike lifting. Go to a gym and lift free weights or get on those machines? It ain’t happening, son. In grad school I discovered BodyPump, a full body barbell class choreographed to the latest hits. I loved it. When…
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Music and Running

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According to this article, music can boost your running performance by 15%. Some of my most satisfying runs have been to music. But some of my fastest have been with no music. Unless you count the cadence of feet hitting pavement and rhythmic breathing as music… I think a lot when I’m running, and if music is playing, I also match my stride to the tempo. But I also adjust my stride when I find a nice breathing rhythm, too. With music, I’m often jamming while jogging, but not necessarily pacing according to how much energy or breath I have. This is great fun, until the music holds me back. That’s when it’s time to update the playlist, or turn the music off entirely. Do you run with music, or breath?
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After 12 Weeks

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It's April 1st, and today I was supposed to "rest." I spent the past 12 weeks doing a high intensity cardio program, TurboFire. I enjoyed it a great deal. I lost body fat and a few pounds (no mean feat when you already exercise regularly), and gained cardiovascular fitness. I also embraced my newly realized love of exercise and made the 6-day/week workout non-negotiable. It reaffirmed my need for routine and structure, despite my love of freedom and flexibility in my work schedule. I debated long and hard about continuing the program for another 8 weeks or moving on to something else. I decided the fact I was feeling so attached meant I needed to break away and move on. As of next week, I'm beginning a new regimen - Pump…
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Don’t have to like it to love it.

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In recent weeks I've started to pay more attention to myself. I used to be fairly good at this, but in the hustle and bustle of daily life, meetings and must-dos compete for my attention, and my inner voice often gets silenced in all the noise. Tuning into myself as of late, I've noticed that I really enjoy exercise. I've been running for a couple of years now, but I don't run every day. In fact, I strive not to run every day because of its high impact on my already injury-prone body (thanks to gymnastics, track, and cheerleading in my youth, as well an awful, yet persistent, habit of sitting with one leg underneath me). So I've been purposely scheduling off days to rest my body, and also, depending…
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Personal Record

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Today I claim total victory. I ran a personal best, smashing all of my previous times for an average pace below 10 minutes a mile. This is huge news for someone who never thought she'd run distance for fun, and who once believed the occasional dip below a 12-minute mile was cause for celebratory cheers. [caption id="attachment_385" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Typical pace from earlier this year.[/caption] And this, in a nutshell, is one of the things I most love about running. Running is a daily opportunity to set tangible goals and work toward them. Funny thing about running – it brings you face to face with reality. Sometimes the weather isn't cooperating; do you run in the rain or sweltering sun anyway? Sometimes your body isn't cooperating; do you wrap the…
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Beats Per Minute

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So yesterday Erika asked what's on our running playlists. Now, I've had two versions of my playlist (3 mile and 4 mile) for over a year. It's important to say up front, I spend countless runs skipping through songs and testing sequences to get my playlists just right. Once they are, I tend to use them until I outpace them. Nerd, OCD, whatever. I like the music to be energizing, but I also like to sync my steps with the beat. This means the BPM has to be perfect. Some of my best songs come from pre-made cardio fitness compilations. They're the right BPM and are already cross faded to blend nicely from one to another. I then mix in songs from my personal collection and voila! Unfortunately (or fortunately,…
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