Don't Beat Yourself Up

Quick Tip–Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of person?

For the longest time, I’ve rejected the idea that I’m pessimistic in favor of calling myself a realist (there is a glass with water in it) but I’ve definitely trended toward pessimism. I didn’t see being a realist as a bad thing, just kind of the way I was wired.

At the end of the day, you can call me what you want, but one thing I know I did far too often was beat myself up.

No Matter What, It was Never Good Enough

Don't Beat Yourself Up

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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!


In Running and in Life, the Little Things Really Matter

Quick Tip–The Importance of Doing the Little Things

The 10,000 foot view of running is pretty simple: keep putting one foot in front of the other until you get to the finish line, then stop.

In Running and in Life, the Little Things Really Matter

But if you have goals for your running, there are many little things that you can do in order to make sure that you achieve your goals without falling apart first. Read more

Use Real Food as Your Mid Race Fueling Choice

Is There a Better Mid Race Fueling Option Than a Gel?

When you’re running a long race, whether it’s a half, full, or an ultra, what do you for fuel during the race?

Many runners turn to gels for mid race fueling and nutrition, even though I’ve never met a single runner that enjoys a gel. (Seriously, if you like gels, let me know because I don’t think anyone really does.)

Most longer races provide gels at some point along the course, and I have a suspicion that is part of the reason that runners have flocked to the gels. We all like things that are free, and since they will be handed out for free at races, we train using them in an attempt to “avoid any race day unpleasantness”, if you will.

I took a quick poll in our Facebook Group yesterday, and I got what I expected. A lot of people said that they use gels, but a surprising number also said that they had used gels, but had to switch to another option because of tummy issues.

But what if there was a better option than a mid race gel?

There is. Read more

Why You Need a Plan for Reaching Your Running Goals

Do You Have a Plan for Reaching Your Running Goals?

Goals are good things.

But what good are goals without a plan of action to help achieve success?

Not much.

Why You Need a Plan for Reaching Your Running Goals

If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

Success is not an accident.

If you want to be successful with your running goals in 2015, you need to come up with a viable plan. For example, my running goal for this year is to run 1300 miles, and I’ve gone less than 20 this month. Why? Just about every day I think about going running, many days I have even wanted to go running, but my “plan” is to run when I get everything done for the day.

Guess what? As a solopreneur, everything is never done, and therefore, the runs haven’t happened as often as I’d like.

So how will I be successful at achieving my goal for the year? It won’t happen by accident, that’s for sure! Read more