Marathon Training

Back when I first began training for a marathon I read this article about marathon training that resonated with me a lot. And the key points that I took away from it and applied were:

  1. Start training as soon as possible and oscillate your days, so one day run, and the next day totally rest, or do another activity, but don’t run. Run, don’t run, and map your schedule out for the training like this.
  2. But once you come to about within 7 days of the actual event of the marathon, rest. Don’t run, do any other activity lightly, but don’t run and then by the time the marathon comes around your body will have built up reserves that are accessible to you during the marathon.
  3. It is always better to under-train than to over-train. The marathon world is ripe with stories of people who regularly run 12 or 13 miles then are so spent when it comes to running the marathon that they cannot perform.

When I finally got to the marathon it was easy and fun, I ran with my buddy who had over-trained and he was hurting. When the race was over I took a cold bath and a nap then biked 30 miles. In the days following, I proceeded to bike another 400 miles of California coast like up to San Francisco… I’d say the training was effective.

Happy running

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Do you view the world as having Open or Closed Architecture?

It’s a valid question and it merits some introspection. It not only affects you but it also affects all those people around you that you have an effect on. If you’re a health trainer and you know that you could help somebody loose weight, well that’s not going to do the person you are trying to help loose weight unless he believes its a valid solution and is a valid solution for him.

I got this from the great Dan Kennedy who is a wealth of this esoteric knowledge, especially when it comes to business and marketing. He sells make-your-business-better products and he talks about how the belief that you can effectively change the “Architecture” of the business, for a lot of people, is the first hurdle that he has to take them over, because most people are stuck in the belief that they cannot change.

Dan gives an example of his GKIC marketing newletter that he authors; and he says the amount of “business” information that is in it pales in comparison to the amount of material he puts in to persuade the reader to believe it’s possible to make the changes to improve their business.

Here’s the video that I got it from, it’s an amazing video all the way through but start at 137:00 if you want to follow along with what I’m talking about.

The 13 Reasons You Don’t Loose Weight

Getting Healthy is hard, and whoever tells you it isn’t is probably someone who has never been unhealthy or overweight or has been healthy so long they forgot. But here are a list of reasons that you probably didn’t consider that are keeping you stuck in a rut when it comes to your health.

The Reasons most people never get healthy:

  1. They have the wrong information. There is a bunch of bullshit, or even worse half bullshit out there that will lead you astray taking you down damaging paths while you try to get into a healthy lifestyle and people will get discouraged because they will find themselves beating their heads against the same walls and never finding the path through the woods to a healthy body and life.
  2. They think they know what’s best and will not listen to alternatives and honestly evaluate them for merit.
  3. They don’t have a long enough over-arching view of what a healthy body means or what its worth to them and because of that they don’t have the motivation to put in the work of habit change.
  4. They are addicted to processed hi- tech fake food that stresses their body out and makes them unhappy (leading to less motivation) and they consider it acceptable because the majority of people do it.
  5. Yo –yo diet plans. People who fail use these diets and consider them a ‘balance’ and excuse to eat shit food.
  6. They think shit food tastes good. And they don’t understand that ‘tasting good comes from repetition and habituation. Your bodies bacteria adjusts to what you are eating, then sending chemicals to your brain demanding more of the same, ie. Making that food taste good. Then they don’t realize that healthy food will taste good too once habituated with the added bonus of giving you energy and nutrients to keep your body healthy and strong.
  7. As a build on the last point. People who have trouble in life build their identity and personality around poor choices, getting so good at living with poor choices that they neglect the skill of making and living with positive choices… A personal example, I have built much of my work ethic around caffeine.
  8. They hang around with stupid and unhealthy friends
  9. They view the gym and movement as “exercise” or in other words, as making up for being a sloth, drinking the night before and just living in a poor way. A healthy person views exercise as a joy, play and an opportunity to get out and move.
  10. They think they can get more done if they neglect a physical practice and only focus on sitting at a desk
  11. They think the three white devils: white flour, white sugar and white salt are somehow an acceptable form of nourishment for their body
  12. They don’t understand how specific foods and food classes affect their body and mind.
  13. They make being unhealthy a problem to dwell over and stress about instead of a challenge to work at and overcome.

 

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Pain or Pleasure

Two types of motivation: Pain or Pleasure.

Which do you use for the best outcomes in your life?

For me, and I think this is true for most people, I use a combination of the two. I would love to say here that I make all my decisions  based on my long term positive goals of what would make my life more pleasurable. But if I’m being real, most of my best outcomes and changes like those of health and food choices have come out of a lot of pain and uncertainty.

I partly discovered eating really healthy when I was living on an organic farm, but it took me getting a cavity, when I thought I was doing everything right to sit down, reevaluate my choices, do some research and then follow through in applying the information I gained and then making a habit out of it. I don’t think pleasure alone would have guided me through such a tedious process.

The Church of Movement

All movement is spiritual. And when I say spiritual I mean there is something that is going on that is affecting the way we experience life when we move. From the outside we call it our chemicals that are changing, the little molecules that populate our body are shifting, getting jarred up, worked and stressed, and from the inside it feels just that stressful, till you notice that your body overcompensates and you become stronger and faster and have better flexibility.

Or even from the point of view of working If you don’t work for a while and are stagnate, like on a vacation, how does it feel come Monday when you have to get back on the grind? For most people it’s a dread and stress, mainly because they are I’ll prepared, but that’s for later on in the book.

And from the inside we call this shift in our chemicals a shift in perception or feeling, there is a visceral clear feeling when we move, and the energy that we expend somehow gets replaced with even more and we are able to move even further. A common phrase is that ‘I slept so much and I am still tired’ while another common stereotype is the business owner who has so much to do that he barely sleeps at all but is able to create more in this world and have more energy than a person who is relaxed without purpose.

My theory on this is that like begets like and the more you do the more energy and alert you become. There is of course a sweet spot and I feel it rests right in the moment where you are not working harder or frenzied but you are focused and concentrated.

There’s a really delightful book called the ‘Levels of Energy’ by Fredrick Dodson that describes this ‘level’ of energy as being focused and calmly moving from one task to another deliberately over a long period of time. The book goes on to say that these people are the most productive people on the planet.

Japanese macaques in hot springs, Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan

The 5 HAPPINESS Questions

The Webster definition is “ A state of well-being and contentment”
At first I thought this was a little vague but then after a thought I realized that this is almost like a natural background noise, an underlying feeling, a backdrop to the stage of your life that must be present in order for you to do anything well.
And there are various factors that affect this backdrop for me and this is what I want to share with you.
So when someone is saying they’re having a bad day my favorite, slightly A-hole response to them is OK,
1. How much water did you drink?
2. What did you eat?
3. Are you on any drugs, recreational or otherwise?
4. Have you done any movement today, and how much and what kind?
5. What are you thinking about and who are you spending time with?
I wrote those in that specific order because when you find yourself in a physical / spiritual or mental knot, this is usually the way to approach it most effectively in sorting yourself out and taking responsibility for your life.

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