It has been a year!

It has been a year since I started this blog.  It appears I have averaged a post every 3-4 days.  I feel it has been therapeutic and that I have posted many different interests.  I wish you all a Happy New Year and continue to tune in as I plan to continue to write more as time allows. 

 

Make It Fun!

God Bless.

A Walk in the Early Morning

This morning I awoke early. I stepped out in the early morning light. With a child high on my shoulders, we made several stops looking at a variety of flowers and densely vegetated forest. As we approached a footbridge we were met with a tiny rabbit that waited as we approached then hopped quickly into the brush. A pair of cardinals flitted from bush to bush. A fluffy gray tailed critter slunked into hiding, only to reveal its dappled tail. We got down on our hands and observed a trail of ants gathering breakfast.

It’s neat to get out and discover things.
Have a great day!

Barefoot Running and Loving It

I am a big advocate of barefoot running. Not minimalist or five finger type shoes, however real barefoot running. Growing up, I was worried about every little thing. One thing I was worried about was getting dog or cat worms from the soil. After reading Born to Run, my wife switched to the funny looking shoes with individual spaces for each of her toes. She introduced the book to a great friend of ours. Now, he runs all sorts of half, full marathons, 50 and 100 kilometer races barefoot. Real barefoot. He’s run the Leadville as well. He introduced the book to me and it makes sense. I spoke with a physical therapist friend and colleague of mine. He has worked much with biomechanics and gait. As of spring 2012, he could not find definitive research demonstrating one way or the other as to which is better: to run shod or barefoot. Therefore, I shall leave it up to the individual.

For the past 1.5 years, I have been running barefoot some and shod as well. If you choose to run barefoot, approach it slowly. I found it beneficial to start and advance in quarter mile increments. It is nothing for me to go out and run 5-13 miles. It takes time, but once you train your mind to control your body and breathing, most anyone can run comfortably. Many people I know went out and bought the funny looking shoes then painfully regretted the next day, having attempted 3 or more miles. So, I advise people to start low and slowly increase as your body adjusts. Start with a quarter mile. That’s it. You may think its no big deal. Really, just a quarter mile. Then stop, stretch and hydrate. Wait for two days then repeat it again. If you are not in discomfort, add a second quarter for a total of a half mile. Then repeat every other or every third day. If you are in pain, then don’t run that day. Wait. Wait until the discomfort is gone. Then slowly advance by another quarter mile. Seriously, take it slow and you will see positive gains. If you push too hard too quickly, you may set yourself back.

To date, the furthest I’ve run barefoot is five miles. I have come to realize in my fear of worms, and bugs and generally the unknown are two things. First, we could die at any moment. Secondly, we have medication for those worms and parasites.

With that being said, get out there and enjoy today.

Today’s workout is hill repeats for one mile. Barefoot.

Again, if you run with shoes, enjoy the hill repeats. If you run barefoot, start slow.

Make It Fun !
God Bless You.

Workout of the Day (Saturday)

This workout is a combination from last weekend and this weekend.  Give it a try, I bet you will find it to be a great calorie burner and a bit fun.

Last Saturday, I spent 6-7 hours splashing and playing in the surf, snorkeling and swimming in the open ocean.  At the water’s edge with just enough room to keep my face out of the water, I performed “superman” planks with one arm and opposite leg elevated.  What made this even more difficult was the shifting sand underneath each time the waves rolled in.  I added side planks and push ups.  Repeat this for three sets.  Add to it the oblique plank crunches as used in the workout program Insanity.  Start by positioning yourself in the basic plank position.  Raise one leg at 90 degrees to the body and draw your knee towards your shoulder.  Perform one on each side for 10 reps.  Again, the shifting sand underneath makes this even more difficult and a wonderful challenge.

Last night I ran 7 miles in the dark on loose sand at a moderate pace.  There were mild hills so the loose sand made it more difficult.

Please, get out and enjoy your weekend.

Make It Fun!

God Bless.

Workout of the Day (Friday)

I spent the weekend in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach. Friday night I watched the sun glimmer and dance on the ocean as I stood in the waves looking west. Fridays’ workout is four hours of splashing, jumping into the waves like Superman punching through a wall of water, and open water swimming. Don’t forget to run on the beach barefoot.

Make It Fun!
God Bless.