How to Eat an Elephant and Keep Your 2015 Resolutions

There are no shortage of adages out there designed to help you stay the course and make incremental progress when you’re working on tackling a big goal.

Chinese, Proverb, Progress, Steady, Consistent

The hardest part of being successful when chasing down big goals is often simply staying the course. On January 1st, it’s easy to set big goals for the new year. If you read my post from yesterday, you know that I’ve got some big goals for myself in 2015.

There is no way that I will be able to accomplish any of those goals in a few weeks. Or even a few months. But by the end of the year, if I keep making steady progress, there is no reason that I can’t be successful with all of my goals.

Blog Image 400x250

Whether or not you made any resolutions yesterday, there is a good chance there is something that you’re working on that is a big picture/long term kind of project. It could be running related or it could be something completely removed from running.

Whatever you are working towards, whatever your goal is, there is no reason that you can’t be successful. Oftentimes, the biggest hurdle to your own success, New Year’s Resolution or otherwise, is yourself.

So get out of your own way.

If you keep moving forward, keep making small progress and don’t give up, there is nothing that can prevent you from reaching the goals/resolutions that you have set for yourself, this year and beyond.

“When you eat an elephant, take it one bite at a time.”

~Creighton Abrams

Eat an Elephant, Progress, Step by Step


To hear me elaborate a little bit more about the information on this post, press play below!

 

How I’m Going to Take the (Virtual) Running World By Storm in 2015

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with New Years Resolutions for a number of years now.

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutions

Calvin and Hobbes. Classic…

For most of my life, I really thought the idea of making resolutions was ridiculous. My thought had always been that deciding to do something positive for your life/health was too important to wait for a new year to begin. Also, there is a lot more pressure to keep your resolutions than there is to continue the good habits you decided to implement on a random day in April, July, October, or whenever else you decided to start.

So instead of waiting for a new year to get started, why not focus on bettering yourself every day? Read more

Diz Runs With… Liza Howard


Stopping to pump breast milk while running (and winning!) an ultra marathon is just another day at the office for Liza Howard. I joined Liza for a few easy miles recently, and we had a pretty awesome conversation.

Liza Howard

Liza Howard-san?

 

Liza and I talked about running, of course, but as we both have young kids family and parenthood stories were topics we transitioned into as well. Liza got started in running ultra marathons basically because of the peer pressure of hanging out with other ultra runners and just getting talked into running longer and longer distances. And like I always say, peer pressure is no fun until you give in! Read more

Diz Runs With… Charlie Engle


On today’s run, I’m joining ultra marathoner Charlie Engle for a few easy miles.

Charlie Engle

Charlie Engle

Charlie’s story is an almost unbelievable combination of highs and lows in both running and life. I could have talked with him for another couple of hours, but in our short time together we still managed to cover some areas of his life in pretty good detail.

Read more

2014 Christmas Gifts for Runners-Training Aids

Christmas 2014



As the holidays approach, the search for the perfect gift for each person on your list will only intensify. If you are shopping for a runner this year, over the next few weeks I’ll continue to give you dozens of gift ideas for runners in a number of different running categories. To revisit the categories I’ve already talked about, click here.

Best Gifts for Runners

Today, I will be looking at some of the training aids that many runners can use to help them get faster/run farther/stay healthy/become better overall runners.

If you’d like to download a list of all of the items listed on this post (with clickable links to make shopping easy) and talked about in the podcast episode, simply click here.

Training Aids for Runners

  • Coaching–One of the quickest ways for a runner to improve his or her performance is to work with a running coach. Hiring a coach may seem like something that is for elite runners only, but there are a lot of reasons why new runners can benefit from working with a coach, as well as those that have been running for awhile. A good coaching program will help all runners improve, while minimizing risk of injury or burnout, faster than many runners will be able to improve on their own.
  • TRX System–For whatever reason, there is still a large portion of the running community that thinks that strength training isn’t important. I can’t stress the importance of strength training enough, and the TRX System is the perfect piece of equipment for runners to work their entire body from the comfort of their own homes. There is literally nothing you can’t work with the TRX, and I believe that all runners will improve if they start working the muscles in their entire body.
  • Resistance Bands–Another great option for runners to get a whole body workout is to use resistance bands. Buy a pack with a few different levels of resistance to work different muscle groups and to progress as they build strength.
  • Exercise Ball–An exercise ball is a great tool for working the entire core, and it can also be used to work the upper and lower body as well. Core stability is vital for runners, especially those running longer distances, and doing work on an exercise ball is much more difficult than doing many of the same exercises on the floor.
  • Namaste Yoga DVD–Most runners have poor flexibility. A great way to improve as a runner, and to feel better overall, is to do yoga on a regular basis. Most yoga videos have a stigma about being long and boring, but the Namaste Yoga series is my absolute favorite because each yoga routine is only 22 minutes and there is constant movement throughout each session. I’ve tried a handful of other yoga DVDs, and this is hands down the best I’ve ever used.
  • Gift Card to Local Running Store–I love supporting small businesses, and the local running store is perhaps my favorite place to support. And believe me, every runner on your list has something at the running store they’d love to buy but haven’t, so a gift card makes a great gift!
  • Membership for Gym/Pool/Yoga Studio–Another way to support local business and help your runner improve is to give a gift certificate/membership to one of these options. All offer great cross training opportunities for runners, and also a chance to improve their all around fitness.

Click here for a downloadable list of my favorite training aids, with clickable Amazon links, to make your holiday shopping as easy as possible!