Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Reboot!



So I ran.  Not far.  Not fast.  I expected to be starting from scratch.  Maybe do the couch-to-5k program to get started.  But shockingly, it doesn't look like that will be necessary.  I only ran a mile, but it was a mile more than I ran last year, and now I've done it two days in a row.  It felt good.  Now, to keep going, keep building, keep training.  I'm excited.  This is going to be fun!

Life has a way of getting in the way and before I knew it, 2013 had come and gone and running had taken a back seat.  Well, I'm back and I'm ready to go!  This is going to be a good year.

CJ

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Running the Edge - Free

I'm excited to announce that the guys at Running the Edge are offering a free signed book to the best bald joke about Tim's head that is posted in the comments of the review.  It's a fun and easy way to get a copy of a great book!

Here's the review: Running the Edge

And be sure to check out their Facebook page: RunTheEdge

CJ

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Running the Edge – A Review


Running the Edgeis a different kind of running book.  Not a training manual, but more of a self-help book that can be applied to both your running as well as life in general.  By focusing on what runners are like, instead of what they do, Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano walk the reader thru a self-evaluation process directed at “The 6 Mirrors” of our lives; Initiative, Responsibility, Determination, Adaptability, Integrity, and Person-ability.

Centered on self-reflection, the mental exercises laid out throughout the book help the reader to develop not only as a better runner, but as a better person by touching all aspects of one’s life.  By utilizing this balanced approach, the book forces the runner to take a good hard look at where they are in both running and in their lives, recognizing the gap between where they are and where they’d like to be.  As this gap is recognized, it becomes much easier to create a path for improvement.

Full of inspirational stories from both of their pasts as well as from many other accomplished runners, Goucher and Catalano offer many tips to create your own plan for improving and thus closing the gap.  They offer up suggestions and lessons based on psychology and on their own experiences, both positive and negative, that anyone could use.

The introspective nature of the book really spoke to me.  I think that oftentimes runners tend to be introspective by nature, not to mention the fact that the long run offers a great time to contemplate about an assortment of things in our lives.  For me, this is especially true.

Goucher and Catalano both come from very specific backgrounds, that of the elite runner and that of a coach.  Both men have been successful runners for many years and I feared that I would have a hard time relating to the book, as running has not been so deeply ingrained in my life as long as theirs.  However, I was pleasantly surprised that this book was written in a style that targets all runners, regardless of age, ability, or speed.  It is the state of mind of being a runner that is addressed!

I also had the pleasure of sitting in on one of their speaking engagements where they discussed “Closing the Gap”, what it takes to go from the runner/person you are today to the runner/person you want to be.  Both gentlemen are very good speakers and their passion and insight came thru in their message.

Funny and insightful, just like the book, they engaged the audience and showed how any runner can improve as both a person and as a runner.  If you ever have the chance to listen to these guys in person, I highly recommend it, just as I highly recommend reading this book.

Having read the book, I now have a much better understanding of what it takes to “Run the Edge” and to become the better person and runner that I strive to be.  I am in progress.

Running the Edge: Discovering the Secrets to Better Running and a Better Life by Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano is available from Maven Publishing.  And be sure to check out their blog at www.runtheedge.com