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Running & Fitness
A lot of us think of fitness as synonymous to cardiovascular fitness. If we’re not running or cycling or going strong on the elliptical, then we’re not really working out. If we’re not drenched in sweat by the end of an exercise program, we’re not really going to reap any long-term benefit.  After all –...
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On 12/12/12, I turned 49. Shouldn’t this be reason to celebrate in an unusual and special way? I think so. Enter the Running Monkey, a 12-mile, 12-hour ultra event beginning at 12:12 a.m. on 12/12/12 (in the mountains). This seemed like the perfect way to fulfill my need for spontaneous adventure and welcome my 49th year, if I could...
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I hope everyone enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving day with friends and family! If  you had one too many slices of turkey or pumpkin pie, it may be time to burn off those extra calories. What better way to keep celebrating – and start exercising – than signing up to run or walk a local turkey...
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Ever fear that what you’re doing, eating or even thinking will make you fat? Fear not!  Today I’m going to repudiate the myths about weight gain I most frequently hear or see. In my humble opinion, you won’t get fat if (Fill In the Blank). 1. I don’t do a cardio workout every day. As...
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Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a non-profit organization that inspires girls (grades 3-5) to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The program instills self-esteem and strong values through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training. Each GOTR season culminates with a 5K, in...
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This is the final post in a series on stepping into a healthier fall. Turning life upside down may result in short-term and short-lived gains. However, baby steps may be just what you need to kick-start a healthier, happier lifestyle. “Pumping it up” is a great way to get started. Remember Hanz and Franz? They...
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This is the fourth post in a series on stepping into a healthier fall. Turning life upside down may result in short-term and short-lived gains, but baby steps, well executed, go a long way towards making you a happier, healthier person. Many of you may have a goal of getting into shape, or at least maintaining...
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I’m not a quitter. To a fault. In fact, there have been many times in my life when I should have walked away or changed directions, but I kept moving forward at 150 mph anyway. I guess that’s the stubborn gene I inherited. That stubborn gene serves me well when I play tennis; I can...
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This past weekend, I played in my first ever USTA district tennis tournament. On the heels of consoling Luke for his pre-race jitters, I couldn’t believe how dang nervous I got! I kept telling myself, “This is 3.5 ladies tennis, not the US Open.” As someone eloquently stated, this is a sport I’ll always pay...
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This past weekend, Luke participated in the Kids Ride of the Twilight Criterium, a fast-paced cycling race in the heart of downtown Boise. Admittedly, I was a very proud mom when I saw him pedaling his heart out at the end of the race, finishing close to the front of the pack. We may have a little...
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