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Well-Done Wednesday (8/1/2012)

Happy Wednesday to you all! Here’s this Wednesday’s picks, be sure to read the subtitles on the Kilian Jornet video!

1.Greatness is NOT Just in London, England - Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it.

2. Running Inspiration in Tough Times - from Genki Kitty’s Blog

from Genki Kitty’s Blog

3. The Big Question Mark of Your Day- Think you have a good excuse not to run today? Not a chance. – from Running Myles

4. Summits of My Life - Kilian Jornet fascinates me.  from Chris’ Ultra Blog

5. A Life That Leads - “You are living a life that leads, dear runner. And you will serve society well by stepping confidently into this role…” - from lovingtherun.com

Overheard - An inspiring story of courage from Ronald McDonald House Charities – from Team RMHC

Happy Wednesday All:) Tune back in for next week’s picks and feel free to send me any you may have found to jack@themotivatedrunner.com!

Always in Stride,

Jack

Well-Done Wednesday (7/18/2012)

Happy Wednesday to you all! Here are this week’s Well-Done Wednesday Picks! I hope you enjoy them:)

1.Doesn’t Get More Honest Than That - from Real World Jess

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from Real World Jess

2. The Underdogs, Always the Longshot - Good YouTube video with a unique, catchy song.

3. Change is That Simple  - from Life is Beachy Keen

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from Life is Beachy Keen

4. Finding Legs and Body: Running the Marathon - “Because that’s why I run: you have to keep going.” – from Meg Heery

5. Consistent Training, The Secret to Success - from teamjohnnyusa

Happy Wednesday All:) Tune back in for next week’s picks and feel free to send me any you may have found to jack@themotivatedrunner.com!

Always in Stride,

Coach Jack

Well-Done Wednesday (7/11/2012)

Happy Wednesday to you all! Hope your week is off to a great start and your runs are enjoyable:) Here’s this Wednesday’s picks:

1.Stop Lying to Yourself and Rid of the Excuses - “Happiness is an inside job.  I had to fix my insides before I could accept the position, and to do that, I had to discard the excuses.” – from Fit Recovery.

2. “The Difference, Go World” - Nothing better than some Morgan Freeman narrated motivation.

3. Thinking of Skipping Your Run? Not So Fast… - Try these tips to get your butt out the door. – from Canadian Living

4. Log Off. Shut Down. Go Run. - from MuscleQuotes.com

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From MuscleQuotes.com

5. 101 Reasons to Run a Marathon - from www.runaddicts.net

Happy Wednesday All:) Tune back in for next week’s picks and feel free to send me any you may have found to jack@themotivatedrunner.com!

Always in Stride,

Jack

Well-Done Wednesday (7/4/2012)

HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND HAPPY 4th of JULY to the American readers! Hope you all are having a wonderful week and Holiday:) Here are this week’s picks for Well-Done Wednesday!

1.Inspiration Monday - Nice little collection of motivational pictures to get you moving – from tahira’s.

2. This Race Looks Awesome – “A weekend away with friends, camping out in the middle of nowhere, and summiting the highest peak in the Northern Cape. Sounds like fun right?” - from Girl With a Teacup.

3. Why Your Fears Are Ridiculous - Great post on overcoming your fears surrounding running – from Runners-in-law.

4. Love This Quote - This quote is awesome. I fully believe you should always make time for your run no matter what. – from Confessions of a Happy Mom.

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5. Always Be Running - from I Will Not Waste My 20′s!

Happy Wednesday All:) Tune back in for next week’s picks and feel free to send me any you may have found to jack@themotivatedrunner.com!

Always in Stride,

Jack

Well-Done Wednesday (6/27/2012)

HAPPY WEDNESDAY! Hope you all are having a wonderful week! Here are this week’s Well-Done Wednesdays picks!

1.Running Tips: Creating Your Own Beginner’s Luck - from The Modern Me.

2. Lolo Jones Going in for the Kill – from Run Inspired.

3. The Voice in Your Head is a Liar - from haute + healthy.

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from haute + healthy

4. What Do You Run For?

5. Newbie Chrnoicles Musings - “It won’t be easy, particularly when you first start running, but it will be worth it.  You will feel better as a result of the actual running and to think, you could inspire someone else just by getting your bum out the door!” from TooTallFritz

That’s it for this Wednesday! Please feel free to share with the great stuff you’ve found or created and I just might feature it next week! Send me an email or leave a comment:)

Always in Stride,

Jack

Running: The Other Sign Language

Most nights I can be found gliding along The Strand path winding my way through the Southern California beach towns. I weave in and out of couples, strollers, bikers, and walkers to the rhythms and rhymes only I can hear. I can only imagine what I sound like and look like to those around me with my labored breathing, sweat soaked shorts, and intense disposition. However, there are those I come across on my nightly runs who understand it. They speak the language, the unspoken language of runners.

There are few to no words within this language. Most communication is via a smile, a wink, a grimace, or a hand gesture. My favorite are those who employ the point and smile. They are typically older runners who have been through the journey. They know the old friend of running better than most of their friends around them. They smirk as if to say “you’re on the path kid”. It always serves to give me an extra boost on my run having these friends in passing supply little bits of encouragement. To many they would appear to be strangers, but in the running community, those who partake in the sport are automatically connected and deemed friends. It is a unique bond, one that is forged from the toils of struggle and pushing the limits of the human physiology.

The Strand Path in Manhattan Beach. – Photo: VirtualTourist.com

I have only been able to find and make these types of connections in unique sports. Sports where the competition is against oneself as opposed to another team or individual. Or perhaps it is that I did not learn the language of other sports well enough or forgot them from my younger years? Whatever it may be, I know I have a sense of belonging within the running community whether it be spoken or unspoken. When running, I am at home and at peace.

Sorry for all the construction and delay on posts! I am working on getting the coaching services pages all setup before the end of June! Thanks for bearing with me during it:) If you have any feedback feel free to send it over to jack@themotivatedrunner.com

Always in Stride,

Jack

Song - Paint the Silence – South

Quote – “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau

 

Well-Done Wednesday (6/6/2012)

HAPPY WEDNESDAY! Hope your June is off to a great start! Here are this week’s picks!

1.I Bow to You - Runners come in all shapes and sizes. This article does a wonderful job to celebrate a running group that oftentimes does not celebrate themselves. – from FlintLand

2. The Relentless Road Runner – One of my best friends, Brian Beatty has started a new blog to chronicle his journey to the Chicago Marathon. This is his first post on how he has reached the point where he stands now.

3. My Very Guilty Pleasure - I have been known to have a soft spot for awful bubble gum pop music, however, I’ve hit a new low. Carly Rae Jepsen has now made it on to my mix. I dare you to listen to it and not tap your foot to the beat. It’s fun to run to;) So call me, maybe?

4. Wonderful Showing of Sportsmanship - ESPN article about a high school track runner who helped carry another runner across the finish line during the 2 mile.

5. Really Cool Ryan Hall Commercial - thanks to Relentless Road Runner

That’s it for this Wednesday! Please feel free to share with the great stuff you’ve found or created and I just might feature it next week! Send me an email or leave a comment:)

Always in Stride,

Jack

From The Healthy PUSH

My Complex…Keep Running

A family of five winds along the asphalt path beneath the tree line canopy of Ohiopyle State Park. Each pedals along on their bicycle at a leisurely pace, or so it seems. Though it may look relaxed, within the mind of the 10-year old boy it is an all-out race. To him, everything that can be a competition is a competition. As the group enters the final miles of the ride, his sister begins to pull away and the boy gives chase. This will prove to be a common theme for him growing up, chasing the footsteps of his two older sisters.

I have recently come to a conclusion, one that has been in the works for a while:  I have a complex. I can’t quite say where it came from or what sparked it. I know for sure it’s not family as I have one of the most loving, encouraging, supportive families one could ever hope for. It’s just that to me the idea of what is “enough” is an ever-moving target as I grow older and I’m not sure any personal performance will ever live up to my standards. I have convinced myself that being content is to grow complacent, something that I never hope to do. I know that these viewpoints can come off as extreme and unrelenting but it is how I keep myself progressing, or as a good friend once put it, staying in a state of “relentless forward motion”.

I think that this is one of the reasons I am so drawn to running and triathlons. There is no end. You could be a world-class athlete, but someone better will always come along. World records are not made to stand, nor are titles. I keep on telling myself that if I just do this race or complete this one goal, then I will be happy with my performance. However, this is never the case. I live in the moment and enjoy my races for what they are, but do not allow myself to savor it for too long. For the most part, I cross the finish line with a smile, enjoy a moment with those I am close with, and then say inside my head “What’s Next?”

My best way to describe it is a lyric from the end of Kid Cudi’s Up Up and Away: “The end is never the end. A new challenge awaits. A test no man could be prepared for. A new hell he must conquer and destroy. A new level of growth he must confront himself. The machine in the ghost within. This is the journey of the man on the moon.” In short, as our video of the week puts it “Keep Running”.

I’m curious to hear if anyone else has the same type of “complex”?

Always in Stride,

Jack

Song – Up Up & Away – Kid Cudi

Quote – “The end is never the end. A new challenge awaits. A test no man could be prepared for. A new hell he must conquer and destroy. A new level of growth he must confront himself. The machine in the ghost within. This is the journey of the man on the moon. “ – Kid Cudi

Video – Keep Running Short Film 

Well-Done Wednesday (5/30/2012)

HAPPY WEDNESDAY! I hope you’re enjoying the short week after the long weekend! Here are my 5 picks of the week!

1.The Past Shapes Us, in Life and Running - “Whether it is in running or relationships, our past experiences shape us into who we are, but we shouldn’t cling to them blindly. ” – from Runnin’ From The Law

2. Running Passion Picture - from Living for the Adventure

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Courtesy of Living for the Adventure

3. Couch to 5K Success Story in Progress - Becoming a “runner” is just a step away:) – from Jules, Jam & Journalism

“It’s blurry cos I took it while running.”

4. You Can Always Find a Finishing Kick -

5. Down But Not Out - Something that we can all relate to, impatience during injuries. Just have to always remember that: “It’s a good day to have a good day.” – from GuarnteedHome

That’s it for this Wednesday! Please feel free to share with the great stuff you’ve found or created and I just might feature it next week! Send me an email or leave a comment:)

Always in Stride,

Jack

Well-Done Wednesday (5/23/2012)

HAPPY WEDNESDAY! I have 5 brand new picks for ya that I know you’re gonna love! Check ‘em out!

1. It Gets Easier - “So I’m here to say, right now, to every runner or aspiring runner out there: Keep it up. You’re doing great, no matter what you might think. And it gets easier.” – from StaufenRunning

2. It’s Like a Switch - “When you really focus and make concrete decisions to do things, suddenly you remember how to run and how to jump and how to sweat your ass off.” – from Idiot Runner Girl

3. Great Quote for the Week - from It’s Progression Not Perfection.

Good Luck to Progression Not Perfection in her Half Marathon!

4. Color Run - I have no idea what this is, but it looks so awesome and fun. Put a smile on my face:) Thanks to Win! for the find.

5. Bay to Breakers Pictures - Nice write up on Bay to Breakers complete with Top 10 costumes. I NEED to do this race at some point. It looks like such a blast!

That’s it for this Wednesday! Please feel free to share with the great stuff you’ve found or created and I just might feature it next week! Send me an email or leave a comment:)

Always in Stride,

Jack