Running With A Dog – What I Have Learned

Bennie doing his best to get me to run again
Bennie doing his best to get me to run again

or should that be What Have I Learned – either way,

I have learned A LOT.

Let’s back up a bit, I started running with Bennie back in May.

He is our hyperactive, spastic, long-legged Jack Russell Terrier, who has a mind of his own and is easily distracted.

We got Bennie over four years ago from the local Humane Society and he came to us with many, many things he needed to unlearn. The biggest one is that if you let him off the leash or he escapes, he becomes the poster child for the poster – “live life, like they left the gate open” and will run off.

He also sucks when it comes to being on a leash. The few times before May, that I had tried to run with him it was crazy and just a little dangerous.

Who would have thought that our lovable little Bennie, would become a demon when you tried to run with him.

Needless to say running and training him to run with me has been an adventure, but we recently ran over 4.0 miles and had fun, so he is learning what is expected of him.

There have been two major benefits from starting to run with him: Continue reading “Running With A Dog – What I Have Learned”

Kinetic Revolution 30 Day Challenge – Looking Back

Back on June 1st, I started James Dunne’s (Kinetic Revolution) 30 Day Challenge and this morning I finished it.

Yes, it took a little longer than the planned 30 days, but life tends to get in the way of running or exercising from time-to-time.

Disclosure: I have no formal or informal relationship with James Dunne or Kinetic Revolution and I have not received any compensation for writing this post and no post was expected from me, for participating in the free to all – Challenge. The below are simply my thoughts and experiences with his 30 Day Challenge.

Kinetic Revolution 30 Day Challenge Banner
Kinetic Revolution 30 Day Challenge Banner

 

At the beginning of June, I was not running consistently, getting very frustrated with the problems with my hamstring and was grasping at straws to get back to running, as you can see below in my previous three weeks my running sucked, before I started the Challenge Continue reading “Kinetic Revolution 30 Day Challenge – Looking Back”

Should’a, Could’a, Would’a

I read a lot of blogs, Tweets, Facebook and Google + updates and one of things that I have noticed a lot of lately is:

  • runners beating themselves up over what they consider a crappy run or race.

I understand that we have trained hard all summer to whip our bodies into the best shape we possibly can and chase after those elusive PR’s, want to do great at a destination race or that “one” person that we really want to “kick ass” against are so important to us. That when we don’t live up to our own expectations or “dreams” that we can be devastated disappointed about the results, 

  • A bad run – stop…it ain’t a big deal.
  • A bad day – okay…it happens to everyone.
  • A bad race – so what…we ALL have them.
  • “That” person…kicked your ass…it happens.

I understand being disappointed been there done that – too many times to count. Continue reading “Should’a, Could’a, Would’a”

August was a Great Month – 2013

August was a very interesting Month to say the least!

I learned a lot, did a lot and had a few decision either made for me or that I made for myself.

First up – my affiliations with Anthem’s Real Health Blog ended on August 31st, my contract was not renewed, they decided to go in a different direction and focus for their site. It was a great experience and one that I will never forget. Thank you Jonathan for your guidance throughout the past year, it was greatly appreciated. At the same time not having a weekly deliverable due, will be a nice change. Believe it or not, for many reasons I was hoping that I would not  be renewed, so when it happened it was not as big a deal as it could have been – it simply became a business decision.

Like they say as one door closes another will open.

With the Anthem opportunity ending, it seemed like the right time to look at some other things in my professional life as well. Continue reading “August was a Great Month – 2013”

It’s Gotta Be True – It’s On The Internet

This is a bit of a rant, so be forewarned.

I love the Internet and how it allows me to connect with others, research new or different ways to improve my running and all the other things that I do there. However, we have to be aware and careful of what we are reading and watching while visiting there.

Is what you are reading or watching based on reality on reality or is it what someone wants to be reality and make it easy for them to make a quick buck or two?

Does it really matter?

I believe it does – a lot

There are lots of people who are providing “questionable” methods and programs to runners to improve their running, especially newer or desperate runners coming back from an injury, that make recommendations about running that make me go huh! Continue reading “It’s Gotta Be True – It’s On The Internet”