Me and Junior Cheering for Mom and Watching for the Costumes!

Best Costumes at the 2015 Princess Half Marathon

Earlier this morning, my wife completed here 2nd half by running the 2015 Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World.

This was her first runDisney race, but if I’ve learned one thing from my 9 runDisney events it’s that there are always a lot of runners that rock costumes during the race.

And the 2015 Princess Half Marathon was no exception.

I wish I had photos of the costumed runners to go with this list, but I was too busy being daddy/cheerleader to take many pictures. I did get this one early on.

Me and Junior Cheering for Mom and Watching for the Costumes!

#AdiandDaddy

Adi does have my Altra hat on. So maybe she was wearing an Altra Ambassador costume to spectate in?

Anyway, here are some of my favorite costumes that I saw while we were spectating. Read more

Running on an Empty Stomach

Quick Tip-Is There a Benefit to Running on an Empty Stomach?

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on Facebook and Twitter talking about the best options for fueling your body during a long endurance event. I’m partial to using real food as fuel, even if I don’t always practice what I preach.

But is there ever a reason to go running on an empty stomach?

Running on an Empty Stomach

I think there is.

I don’t remember exactly when I started doing it, but I haven’t done much fueling before a long run in awhile. Granted, I haven’t done a long run in awhile, but that’s neither here nor there. Getting back to the point, why would I purposely stack the deck against myself when it comes to fueling before a training run.

The answer is really simple, I want to make my training difficult so my races will be as “easy” as possible.

Flipping the Script on Race Day

I know what you’re thinking, that you’re not supposed to do anything on race day that you haven’t already tried dozens of times during your training. Yeah, well, I consider that to be more of a loose guideline as opposed to a hard rule.

I’ve called plenty of audibles on race day, and so far at least, I really don’t have any terrible stories to tell because of it.

But in this case, I’m giving myself an assist on race day. If I’m able to run 18+ miles with little to know fuel, it is actually easier for me to get through 26.2 when I’m fueling and hydrating regularly during the race.

To me, it’s the same reason a baseball player warms up with a heavier bat, a sprinter trains by running with a small parachute, and a swimmer does laps with a kick board. By making it harder in practice, you’re better able to overcome the challenge (mental and/or physical) in the actual event.

Should You Try Running on an Empty Stomach?

If you’re a new runner, I’d recommend holding off until you have  a few races under your belt.

But if you’ve been running for awhile, I’d absolutely recommend doing your morning training runs without eating anything and see how you feel. You might not notice the difference at first, but especially if it’s a long run day, you might really feel yourself crashing towards the end.

That’s ok.

Stack the deck against yourself by running on an empty stomach, and then stack the deck in your favor on race day by eating breakfast and fueling regularly.

For some more insight about running on an empty stomach, just hit play below!


Andre Kajlich, 2012 Paratriathlete of the Year

Andre Kajlich Won’t Let the Loss of His Legs Keep Him Down


Andre Kajlich is a pretty amazing athlete, but an even more incredible person.

Since losing both of his legs in an accident in the Czech Republic in 2003, he has become one of the top paratriathletes in the world, and is always looking for ways to push himself to doing bigger and better things.

Andre Kajlich, 2012 Paratriathlete of the Year

Andre Kajlich

 

We covered some ground talking about some of the races/events he’s already completed (which are pretty amazing), some of the possibilities he’s considering for the future, and the process of coming to grips with his injury while not letting it prevent him from continuing to do amazing things. Here are some of the highlights from our chat:

  • Tackling the RAAM (Race Across America) bike race this summer
  • Completing 2 UltraMan Events in 2014
  • The possibility of running the LA Marathon, keep going across the country, and finish by running Boston
  • The process of recovering from and continuing to live a full life after his injury
  • Post injury, his first foray into fitness was to get in the water and start swimming
  • Once he got a taste for triathlons, the rest has been history
  • Going to Brazil for a 135 mile ultramarathon

Connect with Andre by visiting his website or find him on Facebook and Twitter.


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A Rough Day? Go for a Run!

When Life Gets in the Way, Find Time to Run

It’s been a day, y’all.

A Rough Day? Go for a Run!

The wife and I got new phones yesterday, which was a pain in the arse in and of itself, and earlier today I realized that my phone wasn’t working.

At least the phone part wasn’t working.

I could send and receive email, check twitter, and find out how cold it was outside, but if I wanted to make a call (and presumably receive a call) or send a text I was out of luck.

And while talking on the phone is something that I’m never in a hurry to do, this was a problem that needed to be solved.

Fast forward 2 hours, and I think my phone might work now, but I’m not passing judgement until the thing actually rings.

I know there is never a good time to try and troubleshoot with customer service for a solid 2 hours, but today was definitely convenient. But what else could I do? So I sat here relaying information, checking sim cards, and basically wasting time hoping I wouldn’t have to go back to the Sprint store again for another 2 years.

It seems like my problem has been solved, but now there is a new problem at hand, I’m not going to get everything done today that I had planned. I needed those 2+ hours in the worst way, and now they are officially gone.

So what am I going to do? I have some errands I need to run this afternoon. I have an appointment this evening. I need to try and get this post up and prep the podcast episode to be released tomorrow. I’ve got a dog that wants to go outside. And I’d like to get a run in.

On the surface, the easiest thing to axe from the list is the run.

But I can’t.

I Must Find Time to Run

Any time is a good time to run!

I need to run on a regular basis, and when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I need to find time to run even more.

There is something about burning lungs, being soaked with sweat, and having aching legs that allows me to think clearly and become laser focused.

And without question, that improved focus will improve my productivity enough that it will more than make up for the 30 minutes that I take out of the day to go for that run.

It’s Time to Run

I’ve sacrificed my runs more times than I care to admit recently, and last week I vowed I wouldn’t do that any more. Going for a run on a regular basis, no matter how crazy life gets, is something I have to do.

Running for me has become a need, and is no longer simply a want.

And by accepting this truth, I’m able to be more productive than ever.

Thanks for letting me be real with you guys today. But now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go get my running clothes on.

Preventing Runners Knee Is Your Best Bet [post with video]

The key to preventing runners knee is to strengthen your hip and core musculature BEFORE you are noticing the symptoms of runners knee.

The best exercises are simple, require no equipment, and should be done regularly (2-3 times per week) in order to prevent a flare up of runners knee.

If you missed the earlier videos in this series, make sure you check out the first video where I define runners knee. And in the second video, I go over some of the more effective ways of dealing with the symptoms of runners knee.

Do You to Steps Aimed at Preventing Runners Knee? What Things Do You Do on a Regular Basis to Stay Pain Free?