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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

How bad would I beat myself up? Read more

Listener Q&A-Feb 2015

Listener Question and Answer–February 2015


It’s the end of the month, and you know what that means…Time for another Listener Q&A episode!

Listener Q&A-Feb 2015

This month was a little light on questions, but that’s ok. Short and sweet isn’t that bad!

Just a reminder, but the best way to get your questions answered is to join the Diz Runs FB group since I’ll post a call for questions about a week before I record each Q&A episode.

Let’s get down to the questions for February.  Read more

Tonia Smith has survived pancreatic cancer and continues running ultra marathons!

Tonia Smith on Cancer, Survival, and Running Through It All


When Tonia Smith finished her first 100 miler in 2013, she was elated. When she won a 100k ultra marathon later that year, she was having arguably the best year of running in her life.

Tonia Smith shares her story of surviving pancreatic cancer and the roll that running plays in her life.

Tonia Smith, at her 100 Miler

And then she learned that she had pancreatic cancer a few weeks later.

While she could have crumbled after being blindsided by this diagnosis, she did what any good ultra marathoner would do, she simply just kept going. During her treatments, she stayed as active as possible and set a goal of running a 50 miler less than a year after her cancer diagnosis, and she did. 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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