I like this time of year for the lists. The 2013 Best Ofs: films, books, TV. It may be small of me, but I look forward to late December so that I can see what the smart people have to say about what the culture put out. It’s part self-satisfaction–“Ha! I was right about that … More The Lingering Backward Glance
I just opened Facebook to see the top post in my feed from a friend in Memphis saying that the St Jude Marathon in Memphis is canceled due to bad weather. My heart sank. The St Jude marathon is the race I did last year and had such a profound experience with my Dad showing … More The Flip Side of Disappointment
Here in Seattle it’s 32 degrees, and brilliantly sunny. Though it’s a bit of a shock going outside, I’ll easily trade temperature for that light. Winter sun is a precious gift in this region. It feels extra shimmery somehow, to see the bare branches illuminated with an orange glow. The extreme slanted angle brings it … More Winter Sun Running
I had a fantastic session with a new client last week. We met in her style-y living room where I taught her exercises, and we ran through them. After the workout, we were panting and shaking, her dog barking at the antics. She was really excited. A week before, when we first met, she’d told … More A Few Misconceptions DeBusked!
I broke a rib in early October and launched a (so-far) 6-week living meditation on the gifts of injury. I have colleagues, students and clients who deal with injuries, so I hear about them almost daily. I check in with someone who has plantar fasciitis threatening, or a flared up IT band, or a pulled … More Gifts of Injury
One of the most powerful things you can do when you are working on making a behavior change is to ask yourself, “where is this change already happening in my life?” The way things are is never black and white even though we often see it that way. If you are longing for something to … More Where is the Change Already True?
It was in the middle of a long, cold, wet and achy bike ride that I finally understood a phrase David often quotes: “There’s a difference between pain and suffering.” Pain and discomfort are the physical realities: “Wow, this is a hard ride, my legs are completely beat, and I’m freezing”. Suffering is the mental … More Pain and Suffering
Diana Nyad’s accomplishment has me thinking. It seems to have a lot of people thinking about exertion, endurance, having outrageous fitness aspirations and pushing yourself even as you get older. I hear people express fear about pushing themselves as though they believe there’s some danger in it. When I talk to my mom about my … More Thanks Diana
Summer in Seattle has a manic quality. We’re all frenzied to be outside enjoying that short-lived incredible weather. Of course, schools are out, child-care and other norms we depend on are disrupted, family is visiting. We’re all going somewhere or we’ve been there and we’re coming back. How is a person supposed to keep a … More High-Speed, Low-Drag, Over the Target Area
One thing that draws people to running is the ease of going out your door to a well-known route, banging it out and being done. But those same ease and familiarity factors can also lead to tedium. It becomes predictable and you feel mentally uninspired. What’s also interesting is that your body has likely gotten … More Four Ways to Change Up Your Run Routine