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We Fear Change

Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Change to Your Running Routine

As I was going through the most recent (and sadly, the final) issue of Running Times magazine, an article jumped out at me that I had to share.

The article talks about 6 things you can do to make a change to your training/lifestyle that can help you improve your running this year and beyond.

We Fear Change

We Fear Change.

Honestly, there isn’t anything to be afraid of with any of these changes. But any time I get a chance to pay homage to one of my favorite 2-3 movies ever, I’m going to take it.

And in this case, it can be a good thing to make a change.

If you want to check out the full article, here is the link.

If you want the Cliff’s notes, enjoy.

6 Ways to Make a Change & Improve Your Running in 2016

  • Emphasize Endurance: Want to get faster at just about any distance? Run more! Seriously, there are plenty of physiological benefits of endurance training that will help you get faster. No matter what distance you’re training for, increasing your training volume (intelligently, of course) will help you get faster.
  • Make Recovery a Priority: So wait, rest is important? Yeah, it sure is. Getting enough sleep, taking days off, and keeping your easy days easy all play a role in helping your recover (and improve).
  • Become a Complete Athlete: Running is good and all, but we function better as humans (in all facets of life, including running) if we are well rounded. Running can still be the priority, but don’t forget to do some other physical activity once in a while.
  • Switch to High-Octane Fuel: Eating healthy food gives your body the vitamins, minerals, and fuel that it needs to function optimally. You don’t need to eat perfect all of the time, Lord knows I don’t, but making more good choices is only going to help you.
  • Embrace Positivity: Turns out, the Little Engine That Could was on to something. Thinking positive thoughts can definitely help you get through the hard times in a run or a race.
  • Be Persistent and Consistent: Let’s be honest, reaching your peak as a distance runner takes time. If you can be consistent in your training over months and years, you’ll see the improvement much more rapidly than if you only train sporadically. Seems obvious, but it’s a good thing to remember.

Like I said, none of these things are rocket science.

You may already be doing a few of them, and if you’ve been following along here on the blog for awhile you know I’ve been talking about most of these ideas for awhile.

That said, most of us (myself included) can still improve in one or more of these areas.

So if you’re looking to take your running to the next level, in 2016 or beyond, these are some good places to focus on to start!

What are You Doing to Make a Change to Your Running Routine to Help You Improve?

Pat Mulder Went From Fat & Lazy to Just Lazy–His Words Not Mine!


Pat Mulder has completely changed his life in the past few years, and running has played a big role in that change. At an estimated 330 lbs in April of 2012, he decided to get on the treadmill and attempt to simply walk. After 20 minutes, he was finished and felt like he was going to “throw up”.

But it was a start.

Pat Mulder, Floppy Hat Photos

Pat and His Trusty Running Partner

 

Fast forward to today, and he’s in the 160-170 lb range and is currently on a run streak of over a year. Read more

Exciting Changes Taking Place!

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“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

~Winston Churchill

It’s an exciting time for me right now, on multiple fronts.

My wife is fixing to have a baby in the next few weeks, so I’ll officially be able to add “Dad” to my resume. To say we are excited would be an understatement.

But the addition to our family isn’t the only change exciting thing coming down the pike.

Another New Addition

I’m super excited about adding another podcast to my plate.

I launched my first podcast, Better Health 101, back in February and I’m absolutely loving the experience. And since that launched, I’ve been kicking around the idea of bringing a running-focused podcast to life as well.

The time is drawing nigh. In just under 3 weeks, “Diz Runs With” will be live, and I think you’re really going to love it.

2nd Draft--Likely to Change

2nd Draft–Likely to Change

The format for the show will be pretty simple, I’m going to talk with people that are in the running community about running, life, future plans, and everything in between. I’ve reached out to pros, celebs, race directors, and other really interesting people within the running community, so I’m excited about the diversity in guests that the show will have.

In addition to the podcast launch, I’ve also created a Facebook Group and am sending out weekly emails to “the people in my tribe” to keep everyone abreast of what’s going on. If you’re reading this, consider yourself invited to join my tribe in both places.

I won’t be sending out spammy emails, but my plan is to announce future guests of the show through the email list only. And if there are any guests that you have a question for, I want to feature a listener question as often as possible in each show. By getting the emails, you’ll know who’s coming and who you want to ask a question of. More details on this still need to be worked out, but you’ll want to be on the email list to stay up to date with the latest.

As for the Facebook Group, I’m just trying to create a community of people that listen to my show to be able to interact with each other and support each other no mater how young, old, fast, slow, or otherwise they might be. And I might be offering some giveaways through the group too. (hint, hint) So join the group, and who know what you might get.

This is Only the Beginning

I’ve got a few other tricks up my sleeve for this website going forward into the future, but I’m not quite ready to announce those yet. Stay tuned for more announcements in the future, but I’ll leak the most exciting info on the email list first, so just go ahead and sign up already!

I’m also working on spicing up the website a little bit, so feel free to go look around a little bit if you haven’t been there recently. And keep checking back, because it seems like I make some little tweak almost daily, and I’d love to hear your feedback throughout the process.

“There is nothing permanent except change.”

~Heraclitus