Once again, my blog presence vanished! I apologize for the absence, but I definitely have been active with my twitter feed and helping fellow runners. Here is a quick update of the past few months. I have completed three 5Ks since March, which marks my official return to racing since surgery last April. Things are progressing slowly, but it is great to be back on the race circuit, pushing my body again. In the beginning of June, my wife and I competed in the same race where she managed to PR by a minute! Speaking of family, I have been helping my sister-in-law train for her first race (5K)! She categorized herself as a non-runner five or six months ago. However, each week she surpasses expectations and breaks through milestones. Hardly a non-runner anymore! Her first race is on the calendar and only a week away! Two weeks ago, I also created a program for a long-time friend who wants to strategically focus on his fitness again. I am excited to see his progress over the summer months. Stay tuned...Bull City Coaching will be making a big announcement right around the corner!
Hey folks, sorry for the lapse in blogging. My twitter feeds have increased over the past few months, but unfortunately I cannot say the same for the blogs. Since December 2011 I have been training for my first spring race, the Get Your Rear in Gear (GYRIG) Raleigh 5K, which will be held this Saturday (3/3). The GYRIG Colon Cancer Coalition oversees approximately 50 races throughout the year to raise awareness and money for this deadly disease. If you would like to show your support for this awesome organization, you can visit their website atwww.getyourrearingear.com or my team page at http://bit.ly/xltza0. More to come about my fundraising efforts and journey back to the race circuit!
December is here and therefore the New Year is just around the corner. January 1 represents not only a new year, but a fresh start for many people. It is a time to hit the reset button and establish better habits. Gyms will be packed, the healthy options in the grocery store will be picked over, and folks will substitute water for soda at lunch. With that said, we all have seen this annual trend fade just months or weeks into the calendar. Self-discipline is difficult and life has a devious way of getting in the way. However, these few, small actions can help you toe the line and adjust your lifestyle for good:
Holiday shopping can be an extremely stressful experience. What do I buy? How much should I spend? Will they like the gift? Maybe I should just give cash? If you find yourself asking these questions around the holiday season, you’re not alone! Fortunately, I’ve taken some of the work off your hands by outlining a few “must have” gifts for your favorite runner, regardless of your spending budget.
If you are unsure about any of these products or want further guidance before making your purchase, I would be happy to consult with you at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you desire face-to-face dialogue, then I would recommend a visit to your local running store where qualified staff can point you in the direction of a perfect gift for your favorite runner! Shop well…
A recent conversation with a colleague of mine, spurred this post. Often runners fall victim of ruts, stale runs, dead legs, and overall exhaustion. Whether you are training for a specific race or just maintaining your mileage, you can exhibit these characteristics more than you would like. So, here are four quick tips on how you can either 1) overcome these barriers, or 2) attempt to prevent them from seeping into your running routine.
Bryan Brander, Ed.D.
Runner, coach, leader, mentor, consultant, husband, father, believer.