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Just To The Next Lamp Post


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When you're running/biking/jogging/walki
and you want to stop, just tell yourself to get to the next lamppost (or tree, or recycling bin, whatever's nearby). Do this again and again, and you'll end up going much further than you thought you could

- Submitted by ANOUSKAISONLINE 5/23/2010 in Exercise | 35 Comments
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BANNERMAN 6/18/2014 12:15:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing
MRSRIGS1 12/1/2013 1:07:00 PM

LEANMEAN2 11/25/2013 5:14:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing. This is so true.
JACKSMOM1114 11/20/2013 2:35:00 PM

    I always do this! I love surprising myself with how much further I can go! emoticon emoticon emoticon
SJKENT1 11/19/2013 5:23:00 PM

    I have done this many, many times!! Works to keep me going when I want to quit.
J2740LOU 11/18/2013 9:09:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing such a great motivation tool! emoticon
CLARALAW 11/18/2013 7:42:00 PM

145HEALTHY 11/18/2013 7:17:00 PM

    I use to do this as a kid. Maybe I should act like a kid once again. emoticon
Thanks for sharing.
AMBER461 11/18/2013 5:41:00 PM

    I generally do this when I am walking alone. I run to two lamppost and then walk then two lamppost again. But when I am walking with company I cannot do it because they don't run and I would going on and leave them and that would not be nice..
LCRUMLEY81 11/18/2013 10:57:00 AM

    love this idea
LOVINGKATE 11/18/2013 9:41:00 AM

    Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon
DELLMEL 11/18/2013 8:39:00 AM

    It really work. When I go today I will do it. I am late going this morning because it's raining.
SAILOR64 11/18/2013 8:30:00 AM

    Awesome! I just gave this advice to someone yesterday. thanks for sharing
TRAMORE22 8/19/2013 9:03:00 PM

    Definitely works, I do this ,too.
LEANMEAN2 8/19/2013 7:09:00 AM

    I know this works. Thanks for sharing.
BANNERMAN 8/18/2013 1:26:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
DRTOVAH 8/17/2013 10:40:00 PM

    I like to use this strategy to incorporate intervals of a quick sprint (or sometimes I'll skip around) into walking.
BLPRETTYGIRL1 8/17/2013 6:20:00 PM

CURRAHEE68 8/17/2013 1:47:00 PM

HOPEFULHIPPO 8/17/2013 1:31:00 PM

    yup yup yup! "Garret Street" is my next challenge!! LOL
RUTHEY01 8/17/2013 12:53:00 PM

    That works for me too.
GINGERVISTA 8/17/2013 10:55:00 AM

    Used to do that on my rural runs (& I use the term loosely) down in Texas, only it was "just that next big tree" or the next telephone pole. Whatever works, right??? emoticon
GEMLADYONE 8/17/2013 10:09:00 AM

    That's how I get a little bit further than I think I can's so true! emoticon
CHERYLSBUTT 8/17/2013 9:38:00 AM

    I am smiling, it reminds me of when I used the mantra....
I can do anything for one more minute!!! emoticon
LCRUMLEY81 8/17/2013 9:32:00 AM

    so true
DEEALLEN9100 8/17/2013 8:23:00 AM

    I have done this so many times. emoticon
DEEALLEN9100 8/17/2013 8:23:00 AM

    I have done this so many times. emoticon
GWINNER1 8/17/2013 8:06:00 AM

    I do this all the time when I am running. I use the "next" lampost or the "next" mailbox. emoticon
DELLMEL 8/17/2013 7:16:00 AM

    I do it all the time I am walking.
DONNAKOVAC 8/17/2013 6:19:00 AM

    I use the posts to mark my intervals, whether walking, speed-walking, jogging or biking. :) It helps to break any monotony, too. :)
LYDIAMSCHNEIDER 3/9/2011 5:59:00 PM

    That's what I do when I am running
ALFIE11066 5/28/2010 5:12:00 PM

    I am not much of a runner/jogger, but one day when I was walking my dog I tried this idea and challenged my self to run/jog from one pole and not stop until I reached the other. Soon it was becoming a game of walk one set and try to jog the next etc. Thanks for the idea emoticon
ANGELCURLS83 5/24/2010 1:40:00 AM

    I do this all the time.
LKAYGONZALES 5/24/2010 12:37:00 AM

    This helps me push myself too. emoticon
FOUNDER3 5/23/2010 7:58:00 PM

    That is pretty much my own strategy to get in more exericise. Works quite well for me too!

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