Friday, November 11, 2011
11 Kicks in the Butt
1. Race results stay on Google forever.
2. That new running watch you want? Buy it--after timing 10 more speed sessions with your old one.
3. Wear a pedometer on your run. Distance sounds more impressive in steps.
4. Make a massage appointment for the day after your long run.
5. If you don't run road races, where will you get all your T-shirts?
6. Exercise improves sexual performance, according to research. Nuff said.
7. Feeling tired? Instead of taking the day off, throw some walk breaks into your run. Use the breaks to refuel, stretch out sore muscles, or get inspired by the scenery.
8. Run an errand--literally. Run to get cash at the ATM, buy that lottery ticket for the mega-million-dollar prize, or return the DVD to the rental store.
9. Buy a full-length mirror and make sure you look in it every day.
10. Fill the tub with hot water, then head out for a three-miler on a frigid morning. The sooner you get back, the hotter your bath is.
11. Remember that you almost always feel better after a run than before it.
11 of the Best Foods for Runners
1. Almonds: They're a great source of vitamin E.
2. Eggs: Just one gets you 10 percent of your daily protein.
3. Sweet potatoes: One has 250 percent of your daily required vitamin A.
4. Oranges: One has over 100 percent of your daily vitamin C, which boosts immunity and speeds recovery.
5. Black beans: A single serving has protein, fiber, and folate galore.
6. Mixed salad greens: The phytonutrients in these may fend off age-related disease.
7. Salmon: One of the best sources of omega-3 fats.
8. Whole-grain bread: Research shows those who eat whole grains have a 38 percent lesser chance of developing metabolic syndrome.
9. Frozen stir-fry vegetables: A combination of antioxidants eaten together may fend off muscle soreness after hard workouts.
10. Chicken: A four-ounce serving can supply about half a runner's daily protein needs.
11. Dark chocolate: The flavonols in dark chocolate can support heart health.
11 Short Motivational Quotes
1. "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." --Steve Prefontaine
2. "Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach." --Dr. George Sheehan
3. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time that we fall." --Confucius
4. "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." --T.S. Eliot
5. "Learn to run when feeling the pain; then push harder." --William Sigei, World Cross Country Champion in 1993
6. "Ask yourself, 'Can I give more?' The answer is usually 'Yes.'" --Paul Tergat
7. "You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming." --Frank Shorter
8. "If you want to win a race you have to go a little beserk." --Bill Rodgers
9. "Sport, like all life, is about taking risks." --Roger Bannister
10. "Running is the greatest metaphor for life because you get out of it what you put into it." --Oprah Winfrey
11. "Running country is everywhere. Open your door, and you're in business. Run in a schoolyard. At the beach. In a vacant lot." --Bill Bowerman