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I RUN for Boston

16 Apr

There aren’t the right words to sum up my feelings about yesterday.  Regardless of whether or not you’re a runner, I imagine the tragic events at the Boston Marathon yesterday have affected you in a multitude of ways. As a fellow runner, I feel as if someone just attacked my friends (thanks Twitter for summing up my thoughts).  I was shocked and dismayed that something like this could have happened– at a place where elites, soccer moms, and senior citizens can come together to celebrate the sport of running together.  When I was little, I lived in the Boston area and my mom would always take me and my sisters to Heartbreak Hill to watch the runners, I was inspired by these runners and could never imagine running that far myself.  The Boston Marathon was always on my bucket list of races I’d like to do, but now I know that this is one I must complete because we must show whoever did this that we are not afraid of them.

As the running community grapples, alongside the rest of the world, with the ripple effect that this will have on the sport of running and beyond, a group of students at Boston College have found a way to honor those impacted.  They will walk the final 5 miles of the Boston Marathon route from their campus on Commonwealth Ave to the finish line area at Copley Square to finish the marathon for all those who were unable to finish yesterday. I think the symbolism is a beautiful sign of resilience.

One of the main reasons I love running: the community #handsoverhearts

One of the main reasons I love running: the community #handsoverhearts

I wish that I could join them in person, but being here in the DC area, that will not be possible.  Instead, in a show of solidarity, I’ve decided to take my own 5-mile run on Friday to “finish” the marathon for those who were unable to finish and to honor those who lost their lives or were injured celebrating one of the greatest human feats.  So who will join me on a run to finish the Boston Marathon on Friday?  Regardless of where you live, come walk or run those five miles with me and share your stories with the world. There’s no stronger statement we can send than to band together (even if it is virtually) and heal together.  As the BC student’s Facebook page says: “we decide when the marathon ends”.  Any runner knows that a marathon is the ultimate testament to human willpower: it takes blood, sweat, tears, and determination. I have full confidence that the running community (and our great country) will grow stronger from this experience and we will not cower in fear.

Running has always been therapeutic and healing for me.  I hope you will join me as we mourn and honor those impacted.  Stay strong my friends and to quote my fellow blogger Anne of fANNEtastic Food, “Let’s show the world how strong runners are. Boston – this one’s for you.

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New Year, New You!

13 Jan

So the new year is nearly 2 weeks in and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to write a 2012 Resolutions blog. I’m swamped with work and life, so I’ll try to keep it short & sweet.  Every year millions of people make resolutions to lose weight, eat better, go to the gym more, blah blah blah and they do…for a while.  But then life gets in the way and your resolutions go out the window.  So to make a resolution stick you need to make them two things: specific and obtainable.  Let me give you a few examples:

Bad: I want to lose 50 lbs by summer
Why? 50 lbs is a lot of weight to lose and by bikini season? Forget it.  It will likely require a strict exercise routine and severely limiting your caloric intake.
Better: I am going to aim to lose 1.5 lbs per week until I reach my goal weight.
Why? Doctors recommend to aim to lose between 1-2 lbs per week for not only safety reasons, but you’re more likely to KEEP it off. This is a much more manageable resolution!

Bad: I am going to exercise more.
Why? It’s not specific enough. You’ll never stick with it
Better: I am going to get some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes and at least 4 times a week
Why? This is not only specific, but it’s also totally obtainable.

Bad: I’m going to eat better.
Why? Again not specific enough and how are you going to do it anyways? What is “better?”
Better: I’m going to try to sub one unhealthy snack for a healthy fruit or veggie snack every day.
Why? It gives you a measuring stick to see if you really are eating “better”.  And again, this goal is an obtainable one. It’s super easy to make that swap and you’ll feel so much better that you stuck with your resolution!

So like I said before, in order to reach that resolution it needs to be specific (so you can measure your success) and obtainable (spending 3 hrs in the gym 6 days a week, is NOT obtainable by most of us mere mortals!).  Remember that resolutions don’t have to be just fitness/food based, they can also be spiritual, mental or emotional!  While there is no concrete answer, remember that research suggests that it takes 21-28 days to form a habit, so stick with it!!!

Happy New Year everybody!  What are YOUR resolutions? Feel free to inspire others by posting yours below!

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