by Erica McClurkinin Exercise0 commentstags: adaptability, challenge, movement, observable data points, opportunities, pacing, running, support network
Last Sunday, I ran the River Run Half Marathon for the eighth time. Seven years ago when I ran this for the first time, I never would have guessed that I would be (unofficially) pacing the same race for my fellow Fleet Feet Cleveland runners. Then, it was about finishing and not being too sore or too hungry afterwards. Now, it’s about hitting a target pace (and associated finish time) in a doable fashion and, when given the opportunity, being the pacer that I wish I had in some of the many races I’ve run.
by Erica McClurkinin Exercise, Goals0 commentstags: fitness approach, fitness phases, movement, ownership, taking action
I go through phases where I’m very much into one activity or another. With a few exceptions, most things capture my interest for at least a little while. From a summer of Zumba classes to five months of boxing lessons to two years of swimming lessons, usually my interest in an activity also wanes when the schedule becomes inconvenient or the friend that I was going to classes with isn’t able to attend consistently.
by Erica McClurkinin Exercise0 commentstags: exercise influencers, movement
As a child, I had adults around me who were active – I don’t recall anyone specifically working out, but my mom walked everywhere, and my step-dad was frequently outside working in the yard. My older sister would ride her bike with a close friend, and my dad would take me and my brother and sister roller skating. On weekday evenings in the summer, my mom, brother, and I would walk from our home to church for choir practice or to the library about a mile away. At the library, we’d pick out books and, sometimes, movies, and then we’d walk the mile back home. None of this was labeled exercise.