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How to Become … [Anything]

deliberate practice and patience

I’m often asked how I could possibly find the time to read 50 or 60 books a year with a job, a family, exercise and every day social media distractions. I always tell them the same thing: I don’t try to gulp down books. I don’t set aside time for reading. Or plan to read for an hour after dinner. I just read whenever and wherever I can. Sure, sometimes I do go on hour-long binges, but mostly I read in 5 or 10 minute sips. I read in line. I read in waiting rooms. I read during lunch. It adds up to a lot of books over the course of the year.

I’ve found this small, simple act has become a cornerstone of my life as I get older and appreciate the inevitable and inescapable impact of time. Take one tiny, simple step. Repeat it daily. Have patience and the results will begin to accumulate. That’s it. It’s not new. It’s the debt snowball. Or Seinfeld’s chain. Or Ericsson’s rules for deliberate practice. But it’s no less powerful and I’ve come to appreciate it’s impact.

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Getting Answers to Common Treadmill Questions

Real runners don’t use treadmills. Or something like that. There is a bias against treadmills in the fitness community. Some just find them boring. Some think they can cause injuries. Some just really hate them for other personal reasons.

Living in the Northeast, I’m not going to say I prefer running on the treadmill, but I’m glad they exist to help keep my motivated and in-shape in the dead of winter. However, being a data nerd, I do often wonder about treadmill workouts. I certainly don’t totally trust the numbers the treadmill is spitting out. 

Just how hard are you actually working on the treadmill? What is the pace if you change the incline? Do your mechanics change on the treadmill? Should you really always set it to a 1% incline? Let’s get some answers. Continue Reading

My 2 Biggest Struggles with Running

I’ve been running regularly for a long time. I don’t say this to brag, but to point out the kinds of issues I struggle with now might not be the same as the ones a beginner runner finds most difficult. Depending on where you are in your fitness, just starting, somewhere in the middle, or a long-time veteran, you will likely encounter different struggles both mentally and physically.  Continue Reading

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Treadmill Workouts

It’s February here in the Northeast and we are deep into treadmill season. Despite some brief respites of days over the freezing mark, the majority of my runs over the last two months have been on the treadmill.

As a replacement for the bulk of base miles the treadmill often gets maligned, but as a training tool for specific, targeted workouts, I think it is often neglected. I wouldn’t want to run all my miles on a treadmill, but the treadmill can have a purpose in your training cycle. Continue Reading

5 Ways To Be More Effective at the Gym

5 Ways To Be More Effective at the Gym

So, it’s January. A time where everyone dusts off their gym membership card. I have mixed feelings about the annual influx of January gym-ers. I’m happy that they are back and trying to get healthy. I’m a little annoyed they sometimes don’t know proper etiquette. But mostly I’m terrified that they are going to tear off a limb lifting weights or mangle an ankle on a cardio machine. 

So many people hit the gym with the best intentions, but soon end up back on the sideline, either injured or discouraged. Getting started is the first step, the biggest step maybe, but getting started correctly will make the chances of developing fitness as a habit and seeing real, tangible results much, much higher.

As I’ve hit my forties and found my time to workout more limited, these are the five things I’ve found most helpful in making sure the time that I do workout is healthy, effective and safe. Continue Reading

The 5 Keys for Your Fastest 5K

5 Keys to Your Fastest 5k

What’s the best way to train for a 5k? Do you still need long runs? Only sprint workouts? 

It’s been at least 10 years since I really focused on the 5k as a goal race. Recently, it’s been longer road races and triathlons as the goal and the 5k’s were only there to spice up the training or get in the speed work, but with my knee arthritis and the goal of building back up very slowly, 2018 is looking like the year of the 5k and the sprint triathlons.

For the last six weeks I have slowly been ramping up the running with the goal of starting the new year with a solid race. Here is what I’ve learned and put into practice as my training. Continue Reading

Why Do I Run If I Can’t Go Faster?

Since I started running, way back in the local Hershey youth track meets, I’ve been running after numbers. Each distance, each event was defined by a winning time, or later when it was a clear I wasn’t going to be an All-American, a personal record.

I’m highly motivated by goals and for much of my running career that goal has been to go faster. To lower those PRs. Ask any serious runner, even weekend warrior, and they will be able to tell you their PRs across distances.  Continue Reading