Winter Workout Essentials: New Year Workout Routine

When it comes to working out, the seasons have always been constant. After Halloween, the days get noticeably darker. After Thanksgiving, the days get noticeably colder. After New Years, there is no escaping the coldness and the darkness, unless I head inside to the gym.

The outdoors, with its green trees, blue skies and sunshine, is so much sexier than the gym. In the winter, enjoying these outdoor sights becomes elusive with its 14 hours of daily darkness. The winter is also temperamental with snowstorms, wind chills of -5 and ice.

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Adaptive Running: New Trails & Stroller Pushing

Running has been the constant in my life since I was 12 years old.  Things change, people change, cities change but the solace, strength and peace that I find in running remains.  Once my first was born, I suddenly had a new constant: the love for my child.  No decision was made without consideration of him.  How to reconcile my two constants?

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Running Playlist: Refresh for Spring

My current work-out / running playlist is starting to become monotonous to me and, as of Monday, I am now running a leg of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Marathon Relay.  Time to refresh my playlist.  When I made my last playlist, with the goal to get me through the last days of winter, I came across a few songs that did not make the cut.  This playlist is a combination of those runners-up (many of which have grown on me) and songs that helped me prepare for a race last fall (more on that below.)

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Playlist: Winter Training

It’s February.  The newness of winter has worn off.  The promise of spring isn’t yet in sight.  About this time winter seems colder, darker and longer.  All this makes finding the inspiration to bundle up for a run or a workout at the gym a little tougher.  When I am struggling to get myself going, I turn to new music to get me out the door. This endeavor is a multi-day task of scouring iTunes’ Top Songs, genres, playlists and the internet to find the right songs for me…

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