Do you know your critical zone?

What I look like when I’m running mile 4 of Al’s Run the right way.

We all have a point in every race where we make a decision, whether conscious or not, whether to push through when the going gets tough. Do you know what that point is for you?

I’ve seen this called your critical zone and it matters because, if you know where this is, you can have a strategy to deal with it.
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Heat therapy; healthy body, healthy brain; using stress trackers

I have a few topics close to my heart to discuss this week.

First, “heat therapy” or essentially heat training as us old timers call it. Second, the connection between a healthy body and a healthy brain. It’s a real thing. Finally, something I’ve experienced on the benefits of those fitness trackers that seem to keep track of everything you could imagine.
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Team 2018 Al’s Run

Team (minus Andrea – behind the camera) after the 2017 Al’s Run

Teammates (and anyone who would like to become a teammate),

We still have some time before the 2018 Al’s Run but there is a registration deal going on right now so I’d like to get this out there for those of you who want to save some money by signing up early.

If you sign up by this Friday (May 11th) you can save $10 on your registration.

This year’s Al’s Run is on Saturday, September 15th. I hope to see you there!

Again, here’s the sign up link:

Note: I’m not going to inundate you with reminders for this. This is your early bird registration reminder. I’ll resurface this post with a different message one or two more times before the registration deadline.

What is winning to you?

Don’t tell me she’s not winning

We all know the simple definition of winning: crossing the finish line first.

But there’s much more to winning than just that. In large races, only one of thousands of runners can cross the finish line first. Many more may have run the best they could and have accomplished all the goals that had set out for themselves.

In fact, it’s possible that the first person across the line accomplished fewer of that individual’s goals than many of the people finishing farther back.
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Use cross training as a supplement, not a replacement

Don’t be afraid to hit the bike, just prioritize running if that’s where your goals are

Do you cross train?

You very likely do something that someone would call cross training. Whether things to supplement our aerobic conditioning like elliptical trainers or cycling or things like strength training to beef up some aspects of our fitness that running may not do as great at, almost all of us do something.

How do you prioritize your cross training, though?

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Use data to describe, not prescribe

Data can be very useful – if used at the right time

I recently wrote about my experiences with my new Garmin. My summary of this watch would be wow, it’s amazing how much data a little device on your wrist can give you in real time.

This, though, can be a double edged sword.

With so much data available, whether with the watch I have or one of a multitude of similar devices, how do you use it?
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