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Smart Training = Avoiding Fatigue

Have you ever experienced the feeling of decreased self-control, or willpower due to simply being tired? I know I have. Finishing a long run, depleted, I’m susceptible to cravings and impulses I simply do not normally have. Sweets, carbs, bread, beer, etc. Following the “positive” comes a negative. What do you think this is telling […]

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Evolve

Sometimes, head down, into the unknown, is the only way to go. Changing course can be a stressful event. Exchanging comfort and control for the unknown is often too much for one to handle. From personal experience, I can attest to this. Recognizing, though, that time moves quickly, and making transitions requires taking action, I’ve become […]

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Xclusive Mindset Approach to Execution

REPETITION: Rep to rep, day to day, step by step. Positive, useful, negative… it all adds up. Choose wisely. DO THE WORK. ROUTINE: Reps/Sets/Minutes/Miles. Warm-up = easy/prep. Work = quality/present. Cooldown = mental/nutrition/future. PLANNING: Scheduling. Days priority. Know it. Respect it. Energy dispersion and allocation. Finite resource. Nutrition and supplementation. The timing of fueling. MENTAL: […]

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Breakthroughs

The first 15 minutes of my day are tough. Not physically, but mentally. Do I get after it, or do I snooze a bit longer? Tuesday mornings, this is especially the case. On this day of the week, a standard hill workout is scheduled. Hyland Park’s South Ski Hill provides the incline via a 0.5-mile […]

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Acceptance / Expression / Creativity

Among people, a great majority don’t feel comfortable at all with the unknown — that is anything foreign that threatens their protected daily mould — so for the sake of their security, they construct chosen patterns to justify. I have come to accept life as a process, and am satisfied that in my ever-going process, […]

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The Perfect Trap

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, […]

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All Change Must Start From Within

What is your “why?” What do you want from life? How will losing weight, finishing the triathlon, going on that hike, or simply having more energy make your life better? Establishing your why is essential to forming new, healthy habits. All change must start from within. The mind is extremely powerful and will win most internal […]

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Managing and Recognizing Stress

Stress. A general term with a broad application. Signs: Fatigue. General fatigue is often a sign of stress. No energy for movement is a clear indication that the mind and body are worn down. Decreased self-regulation. Are you indulging and grabbing sweets to snack on or an extra glass or wine at night? Looking for […]

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Accountability and Engagement

Accountability. 4:15 AM. Alarm sounds off. Doesn’t matter as I’ve been looking at the clock since 3:00 AM. Night of no sleep due to lack of A/C, summer heat, and humidity over 90%. Options. Lay in bed and try to sleep a couple more hours. Reasoning that I can make up my workout in the […]

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Mindfulness and Movement

Your mindfulness practice should begin and end each day. Mastering your first conscious thoughts is a skill, necessitating practice and repetition. Calming nerves and heightening focus, we can sort through the clutter and clear a path for our mind to focus. The truth of our existence is so simple it can seem unbelievable. Hopefully, your surroundings […]