Weight loss is science, right? Bodies burn calories to create energy. Each body is unique, and differentiating factors–amount and type of exercise, height, weight, age, and gender–factor into the simple balance of calories in versus calories out. Exactly how many calories, then, does a specific body need? Eating to Lose Weight I’ve been dealing with an unrelenting,… Continue reading How Many Calories Do You Need?
Do people orchestrate magical connections? Or, somedays, do our tiny human intellects simply realize that these grand scale connect-a-dot relationships exist? Perhaps it’s a combination of both–on lucky days, the universe allows a glimpse of complex relationships between small and intertwined human experiences. You know: it’s the whole “7 degrees of separation” thing, that party… Continue reading Outlander, Cycling, a Newspaper Article, Austin Workouts, and the Universe
The good news: my heart is perfectly normal. The bad news: my heart is perfectly normal. Ok, that’s a really flippant, inappropriate answer totally mocking the good fortune of a healthy cardiac system. My sincere apologies to anyone suffering from a horrible heart condition. What renders these results frustrating is that, once again, I’m nowhere closer to… Continue reading Inner Critics Are My Own Worst Enemies
Back in January 2017, my friend Ginny launched a campaign to get me to this free M/W/F workout she’d fallen in love with. “Everybody’s so nice,” she said. “I gotta warn you, though…there’s hugging.” And–because this was Ginny–the workout was, naturally, first thing in the morning. These days, it takes a lot to get me… Continue reading 10 Reasons to Work Out with Project Austin
The coach rasped out the evening’s workout: “We’ve got 6 x 400s tonight. Find a partner your pace….” The rest faded into oblivion as those three terrifying words ricocheted around my brain, building into a roaring crescendo. FIND. A. PARTNER. Oh, hell no. Not tonight. Not on an evening when I was lucky to have made it to… Continue reading An Introvert’s Guide to Escaping the Dreaded Partner Workout
What I’m about to reveal feels like some sort of dirty confession. You see, my body recently screamed at me: “These workouts are wiping you out!” So I listened. Over the last six months, my exercise has gradually dwindled, reduced from multiple-times-a-day fun to an “I don’t know if I can make it through today” energy suck.… Continue reading Too Tired to Run Means Something’s Wrong
Do you have special running moments captured in memory, unique and perfectly preserved, down to every last sensation? It was years ago, a cold winter night. We were running on the Austin High track, an unassuming oval without lights, on a chill evening punctuated by a biting wind. The workout was all about speed. While… Continue reading I Love Running in the Dark
The three of us were paddling along in the lake, talking in the dark. Lindsay had decided that what our pre-dawn aqua jogging session really required was a pull-behind floating ice chest, something in which to haul the morning beverages that Julie had suggested. Surely Amazon Prime could deliver one to the boat dock before we returned from our… Continue reading Friends: The Secret to Workout Success
2001 was a good running year for me. I was still training with my first–and most beloved –coach Andres Soeffker with the best group of running buddies I’ve ever had (sorry, Pikes Peak group). That year, I had more race PRs in one calendar year than I’d ever have again, in the 5K, 10K, 30K,… Continue reading Remembering 9/11 Through a Run
Yesterday, I got all huffy when the hotel concierge said: “Madam, are you sure you want to do that? It is, oh, a 25- or 30-minute walk from here, maybe longer. And that is only part of the way.” Later, I relayed the exchange to my husband, grousing that the 20-something young man obviously thought… Continue reading If The Locals Say It’s Hot, Is It Hot?