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4 Jan 2011
Categorized As: fitness

Hello party people!

Well, it’s that time of year again. The one where we all swear we will never eat fast food or sweets ever again, pledge to run 10 miles a day and end up at the nearest drive thru 20 minutes later. How about we all just save each other some guilt and try something different.

There is a gentleman by the name of John “The Penguin” Bingham who has brought love and attention to the turtles of the world. Some people can run fast and win the Boston Marathon. Well done to them. For the rest of us, we are there to have fun, get some exercise and just generally be healthy. Slow and steady still finishes the race (and gets the same medal).

In that spirit, John put together a little Facebook group called the 100 Days Challenge. The rules are participants have to move your bodies for 30 minutes a day for 100 days. Join the group HERE.

GUIDELINES: The movement must be intentional. You can do 30 continuous minutes, 2, 15 minute segments, or 3, 10 minute segments.

On January 1st I biked for 30 minutes on the easiest level of the stationary bike at the local gym.

On January 2nd I walked my first uninjured half marathon since I walked off the course at the Marine Corps Marathon.

On January 3rd I felt like crap but still forced myself to sit on the same bike at the gym and do my 30 minutes.

I haven’t done anything yet today but according to my Little Rock Marathon Training Schedule I am supposed to run 5 miles. That’s going to take me a heck of a lot longer then 30 minutes.

At some point I should stop being a whining wimp and do some upper body stuff too but for the moment I am just proud of myself for showing up.

As for the Facebook group, people are still joining every day so you can too.

4 Jan 2011
Categorized As: CarbKiller, gear

If you happen to have a Droid or an iPhone then you need to go to the app store/ market and download an app called RunKeeper Pro. ASAP! Please note there are two kinds. 1) Runkeeper. 2) Runkeeper Pro. You want the Pro which usually costs $9.99 but is free for the moment. Regular Runkeeper is always free and has ads that will suck phone battery like that vacuum. So get the pro while you can. For FREE.

So what the heck is RunKeeper Pro?

It’s an app that allows you to track your workout as long as you are moving around and have GPS access (It won’t work on a stationary bike or treadmill). Here is an example of the screens available.

Ever get lost while out for a walk? How about tracking yourself on a map?

It will also show you splits so you can see how fast you are going.

It’s free so download it. Play with it. And use it to help kick off your new year.

***Disclaimer: I believe the app is available for free until Jan. 31st but I’d play it safe and download it immediately because you never know.