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Building Stability with Your Body

Building StabilityI drag myself through Taco John’s doors feeling like a walking skeleton.  I am soaked, my stability is shot and I stink.  All I need is water.  “Is it possible to get some water?” I say as I gasp for breath.  Basically it was like a scene out of 127 Hours.  Quickly, the lady behind the counter reaches for the largest cup as fast as she can.  I fill it with water and mumble some sort of thanks and continue running towards my goal of 20 miles.  The term “running” might be a little far fetched at this point.  I was spent.  My former stability was gone as  I stumbled the last few miles to my home.  I pressed on.  I was desperate to complete my goal. Continue Reading…

Core Strength

Core BalanceWhat is core strength?  I discovered how important it is the first time I tried to surf in Lima, Peru.  I came to a quick realization and it was this: In order to have the ability to surf you must have a strong core.  More about that story later.

First off, you need to understand what your core is.  The core refers to the trunk of your body.  The abdomen, obliques, glutes, mid and lower back.  Many of these muscles are mostly unseen.  They are a hidden muscle group.

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We’ve talked about determining your purpose for running & life in this post: Running for a Purpose.  Purpose helps us determine the ultimate destination.  Goals are the result for each part of that journey.  As a runner you are somewhere along the journey.  Perhaps you’re at the beginning, middle or maybe you’re a seasoned veteran.  Either way, to continue to be a successful runner you will need goals.

Why should you set goals?

  • running goalsGoals help you push through difficult runs.
  • Goals keep you focused on the end result…your purpose.
  • Goals build self confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Goals will push you to work harder during workouts.
  • Goals will help you become more persistant on longer runs.
  • Goals will give you insight to your true ability.
  • Goals will build your excitement about running. 
  • Goals will move you closer and closer to your ultimate destination.  Continue Reading…

Finding Your Purpose

TeamCaptain —  August 21, 2012

running with purposeI was never a runner.   I hated running.  The closest I ever came to being a runner was during my high school football career.  But even then I only ran as to lay a smack down on some unsuspecting running back.  I could do that all day.  But I have never been interested in running aimlessly.  Until….

Finding Your Purpose

One day I was playing with my oldest son Jacob and after about fifteen minutes of chasing him around the yard I thought I was gonna die of exhaustion.  The catch here was he was only seven years old.  CRAP! I thought, if he is only seven now and I’m breathing this heavy, what am I gonna do when he is fifteen?  The next morning I started running.  I ran two miles and thought my face was going to explode off of my head.

It took me a month of face exploding runs before I began to find my feet.  It was during my first four mile run when a runner was birthed in me.  I was nervous.  Could I actually run four miles without stopping?  After a month of running I was sure a four miler would cause cardiac arrest.  I told myself that I would run for one hour straight.  If I completed the four miles in that time then great.  If not, then I would try again. Continue Reading…

Don’t Run Alone

TeamCaptain —  August 14, 2012

dont run aloneI am on my knees gasping for breath and willing my arms & chest to push out 15 more push-ups.  I was toast!  I had run 8 miles, done 250 pushups & 100 pull-ups and we were only 3/4 of the way to our goal. My upper body was as rubbery as gumby.

I was beginning to think I had bitten off more than I could handle. Doubt was slowly slithering its way into my mind.

“You cannot do it!  13 miles, 250 pull-ups & 500 push-ups – YOU IDIOT.  Why did you decide to do this?,” I thought.

Then I heard the voice of Cyborg, “Hey you gonna finish with those push-ups or what?  Let’s get going if we are gonna run an extra 7 miles.” Continue Reading…