by Erica McClurkinin Exercise, Goals, Self-Care0 commentstags: change, decisions, empower yourself through action, fitness approach, habits, taking action
I’ve been thinking about how we as humans tend to take many things for granted, until a (sometimes shocking) change causes us to adjust our view. Maybe you are 87 and you can’t remember various facts anymore, so your kids take away your car keys to prevent you from getting lost on your way to the store. Maybe you are 46 and you injure your leg, so you have to use crutches and running is impossible until you heal. Maybe you are 19 and set to study abroad when a pandemic occurs, so you cannot travel without risking your safety or potentially losing your ability to travel back home.
by Erica McClurkinin Exercise, Goals1 commentstags: adaptability, change, seasonal routines, well-being
Wow — September begins tomorrow, and the autumn weather that is sure to be coming will be here in a blink. I love this time of year for many reasons. As a runner, the shift from hot and sticky to cooler temperatures generally makes for faster running times with less effort. As a coach, races at this time of year typically provide an opportunity to celebrate the hard work done throughout the summer training season and create a natural transition into the slower winter training season.
by Erica McClurkinin Exercise, Goals, Self-Care0 commentstags: consistency, exercise streaks, habits, identity, must-do items, non-negotiable standards
Ever wonder how someone keeps going with an exercise streak? For that matter, ever wonder how a person gets started with an exercise streak in the first place? I’m a huge fan of rest days, and I’ve never been one to advocate for exercise streaks. Not because I’m against doing an exercise streak, but because life is more important to me than keeping a streak going — and I know that I’m likely to choose warmth and comfort (and sleep!) over exercise, especially when it’s below zero outside and I would have to go outside again when I’ve already suffered through freezing temps once or twice on a given day.