Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Stay tuned: Interview on The Running Lifestyle podcast

Had a great discussion today with Kari Gormley for her Running Lifestyle podcast. A bit of promo for my book, getting roughed up in Barcelona, and my YouTube haters. Stay tuned for details!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Ronda Rousey setting the mark for religion, education

If you spend any time at all following modern media, Ronda Rousey has crossed your path. She's the fastest rising sports star today and she's hard to define. She's a fighter, a winner, a model, a rising movie star, and possibly most important, she's the new standard and role model for many young females in America.

I embedded one of Ronda's YouTube videos. It only runs 42 seconds and as of today it's at almost 2.6 million views. I'll add all the obligatory disclaimers here - don't watch if you are offended by graphic language, F word, etc. That's part of the package with Ronda. What you see, is what you get. She's transparent and in that tranparency comes amazing influence.

If you choose, watch the video. Watch Ronda unpack her version of the empowered female, in her terms a statement against a "DNB." It might be controversial, but it resonates. I have watched and pondered her approach and it prompts more discussion.

As a university educator and closet theologian, it's responsible to reflect on Ronda's message and how it affects women. It's about empowerment through fitness, about how females makes choices regarding how they wish to be perceived. It's about how you make your living, about self-perception of the female physique. And it's presented by a woman who delivers the knock out punch.

How might we bring Ronda as a case study into the classroom? There is surely relevance among many of the communication and advertising courses I teach. And in an even bolder move, what pastor would dare bring Ronda into the pulpit? Who might have the courage to frame DNB and create a message of biblical proportion? It might be possible to preach about loving oneself...before one can love others.

Just a few thoughts on the day, but social scientists will have to keep their eyes on Ronda. We must watch her every move, because millions of our students are surely doing just that.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Making big changes for the 50+ achiever

I recently made my way through the arduous tenure process and received my "all good" letter from the provost.

Now what?

It seems similar to the NFL, I have approached my own personal deflategate. There is six years of hard work and focus, the goal is achieved, then a feeling of emptiness on the other side.

I started my academic career late in life. MBA 2005 and PhD 2009, then on to Appalachian State University. It is a rewarding experience, with a great group of peers and students. But I don't rest well and there must be more, a new plan to follow.

What I have envisioned can work for most anyone who wants to make positive changes and reach new achievements. Picture a small circle around your body, mind and soul...this is the aura of what makes you unique. From this circle, move outward. Create another slightly larger circle and that will become your first adaptation to change.

The initial circles going out are things you can change now; the future concentric circles will be big play changes you will make into the future.

Here's an example of how it's working for me:

1) In the Thomas Pyncon novel (and movie) Inherent Vice he states “Can't say it often enough - change your hair, change your life.” That is true. I haven't had long(er) hair since 2008. Project underway.

2) Purify your body. I'm currently in Italy and went off the rails on cookies, bakery and gelato. Sugars and grains crashed my physical state and mental psyche. I'm sugar free for three days now and headed into ketosis.

3) Strengthen your body. I thought my running days were cooked. They weren't. I made a comeback, jog quite slow and ran the 10K here in Florence. Also doing six miles each morning. It's less than before, but it's happening nonetheless.

4) Write. A news editor early in my career harshly rejected my fiction work and I parked it for 40 years. I'm back at it. Kindle and CreateSpace book to come. Depending on your point of view and perspective, it's either a steamy romance or a horror story.

I'm not sure where the concentric circles of change will lead, but I do intend to make them continue outward. You can too. Don't settle into the paradigm that you can't "teach old dogs new tricks." We can all affect change and build the next chapter in our novel of life.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Still a runner

I have something positive to report. I am still a runner. It's not over yet.

For the past several months, I thought I was cooked. Every run started with an unrealistic effort, just to ramp up to jogging pace. I would struggle for a mile, then expire and walk back.

This was part mind, part body. There were some medical issues I needed to address. But the biggest part was in my head.

I parked the 10 milers and relegated myself to 6 a day. That was a standard for many years in the 1980's and 1990's. Have to build back from zero.

So I'm back in Florence now. Was here four years ago so it didn't take long to recreate my running loops. Did a night run sponsored by the local running store and also ran the big 10K last Sunday. That went well, I laid down a blazing 8:54 in the last mile.

The strongest element of my Christian faith is a thanksgiving that washes over me when I believe God is giving me a gift. I truly thought He nicked me and took running for good. But the other night, as I was in queue to start the night run, a wave of emotion washed over me. I was still a runner. Thank you Lord. I'm still in the club.

Much of my life is lived alone. Running has been my identity for over 30 years. During travels around the globe, my memories are built on run loops. So here I am again, in Italy, adhering to the running identity. My early morning runs, slow but sure.

So often, simple pleasures are the best. I am a runner. It is good.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Can Hokas save my running career?

Just posted this as a product review for Holabird Sports. Thought it told a pretty good story, so I'm sharing it here:

I have been a Brooks promotional runner for 20+ years. That ended in 2014. So, I am a ship at sea without a rudder.

I'm 58, probably 200+ marathon and ultra events to date. I am slowing down and the shock and jarring of running is getting to me. I have been watching the Hoka movement...this year at the Umstead 100 mile, almost half the field was Hoka.

So when Holabird offered an amazing sale price I got a pair of Bondi 3's. Amazing cushioning, but that wasn't enough. I'm desperate, so I slipped a pair of Dr. Scholl's Active Sport inserts inside. The ride is so cush it's like having mattresses under your feet.

Big problem is that I'm a size 13 and these play out way too wide. Maybe it's the big platform the shoes are build on, but with these Hoka's, I'm running on them, more than in them. But at this stage of the game, I'll adapt to get the cushioning I need.

Will Hoka's let me eke out a few more years, a few more miles? Time will tell.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Master Competitor is a CoachTube featured instructor!

I have a new adventure underway and I wanted to tell my readers about it: Master Competitor is a now a featured instructor at CoachTube.

The site developers contacted me a few months ago prior to launch date. We discussed format and segments, also many of the visuals that make the site, and my personal channel, appealing to the consumer audience.

According to the site,  "CoachTube gives every athlete in the world access to the instructions, knowledge, and motivation they need to grow and progress as athletes. We do this by providing access to online training from the world’s best coaches. These lessons are available on-demand, so that students can learn where & when it’s convenient for them. CoachTube is like an app store for coaching and instructional courses featuring videos and detailed training from the to 5% of coaches across the web. We provide a wide variety of experts so no matter what the subject is, we believe students and athletes should be able to learn about any topic, from coaches anywhere in the world."

Working with Coach Tube is a lot of fun and it's a great repository for teaching and learning opportunities. Whether it's throwing a fastball or running your first marathon. CoachTube has the resources to help you make it happen.

I want to give a quick shout out to Phillip Loyd, who was patient and helpful in putting together my first lesson plan. So, here it is, check out my "No fail nutrition plan" which tracks closely with my book "Mind Over Diet."

I'm already working on an outline for my "No fail fitness plan" and then "Most Efficient Running Technique, Part 2."

Well, I'd like to write more, but I better get to the gym and burn more calories. When you have a CoachTube channel, it's important to get in coaching form and shape!

Hope you enjoy the CoachTube experience.

Monday, January 05, 2015

"Get 'er Done" with Larry the Cable Guy Fitness Plan

Photo courtesy Wikipedia
I've been doing my morning runs while catching up on the new podcast series by comedian Pauly Shore (aka The Weasel): http://www.paulyshore.com/#interested-feature

There's a two-parter where Shore interviews Scott Thompson (aka Carrot Top) with co-host Dan Whitney (aka Larry the Cable Guy). The double episode is a great ride and if you love the back stories on icon comedy stars, this is for you.

I consider podcasts learning opportunities. That's why I value them over music. So here's today's lesson. If you want to "Get 'er Done" and dump the pounds in 2015, here's what Larry the Cable Guy is engaging for his "weight dropping" fitness plan:

Five days per week

45 minute weights

300 repetitions jump rope then 100 hits on the punching bag (repeat this set 3 times)

30 minutes treadmill

30 minutes cardio glide machine

Sixth day treadmill and cardio glide only

Drink one gallon of water per day

Cut sugar and bread

There's a bunch more on Dan and how he rolls, as well as Scott and his current act in Vegas. You have to give me credit for tying this content to my endurance sport site. Enjoy.