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I Was Named Ambassador

I was named ambassador to North Ikea.  Sorry, had to steal that joke from the latest Between Two Ferns.  Seriously, I was named a Fitfluential Ambassador!

I hope I get to wear a sash.

I hope I get to wear a sash.

What does that mean exactly?  Well let me tell you…actually, I don’t completely know.  They are still processing my schtuff and I’m waiting for further info.  But in the meantime, this is from their website:

“FitFluential Ambassadors are social media influencers who work with FitFluential’s brand partners. FitFluential’s goal is to successfully connect brands in the fitness space with influential fitness enthusiasts. An ideal match is one where the FitFluential Ambassador (and their audience) matches with the brand’s target market. Our Ambassadors have a strong presence on their social media channels, high quality content with a definitive voice and a passion for fitness-related topics.”

You hear that?  I’m an influencer…So do what I say!

Seriously, I joke around a lot, but hopefully this new opportunity will help spread the good word of healthy living and fitness.  Stay tuned you pretty people.

Any advice for a new ambassador?  Should I get my passport ready?

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Don’t be an Embarrassed Runner

There’s no reason to be.  I bring this up because recently I’ve had a few interactions with people, who for whatever reason, are embarrassed to work out.  I guess I didn’t really know that so many people feel this way.  But I hear that they think everyone is judging them (either in the gym or on the roads) and they don’t want to be embarrassed by how they look working out.  They tell me that they are self conscience about their bodies, their running pace, their lack of knowledge around gym equipment, their age, etc. etc. etc.

I have never felt that way.  Well, except for once.  I had just had wrist surgery, and once I was cleared to start rehab, the only weights I could lift were 2-3 lbs.  So I hid in a side room at the gym so nobody would see me doing curls with baby weights.  But then a group of body builders came in the same room and stripped down to g-strings and started critiquing each others poses, as they were preparing for a competition.  I was trapped in the room, surrounded by giant men in tiny banana hammocks, lifting 2 pound dumbbells – so yes, I was a little embarrassed.

But anyway, I seem to recall in college someone telling me they were intimidated being around buff dudes in the gym, so they didn’t go.  Now I’m not saying I was buff, but I was on the cheerleading team and we had to lift weights…a lot.  The gym was our second home.  And yes, we had a strength and conditioning coach, just like every other sports team on campus.  Here’s photo proof of my involvement:

Here's my fav cheerleading photo (Hint--I'm the one on the bottom)

My fav cheerleading photo (Hint–I’m the one on the bottom)

I remember talking to some of the other regulars at the gym and asked if they ever judged anyone else, and they all said “No.”  They were too busy focusing on their own workouts.  In fact, they said they actually respect the out of shape people they see in the gym.  They respect how their in there working to get better.  The only time they don’t is when someone just shows up one time and quits.  Or people who are just there doing things half-butted.  But if you are there and committed, then others respect you, no matter what your fitness level is.

This goes for people running too.  Whenever I pass another runner, I don’t say to myself, “They should not be out here.”  Instead I think, “Hey, another runner trying to get better, just like me.”

And when I’m in my car and pass by someone running, I’m always jealous.  I’d rather be out there on my feet than on my vehicular wheels.

So to sum up:  lift the weights, run the roads, swim the the pools, bike the streets, yoga the yoga mats, do whatever it is you like to do without fear.  Nobody is judging how fast you run, how much weight you can lift, how unflexible  you are, etc, etc.   Chances are, you are actually being respected or envied……Unless of course you’re doing something weird, like stealing all the paper towels and putting them in her giant purse, like I saw an old lady at the gym do the other week.  If that’s the case, then yes, I am judging you Mrs. Paper Towel Stealer.

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Great Run Opportunity (and Other Stuff)

OK, so on Saturday June 8, we are leading a social run in Allen, TX at 8am.  We are starting/stopping at Pure Movement Dance and Fitness Studio.  One of my cool friends is the co-owner…I know people.  But that’s not necessarily why we’re running from there.  They are also hosting a big health/fitness event that same day.  See the flier below…or is it flyer?

Click on it to make it bigger.  Or not, whatever.

Click on it to make it bigger. Or not, whatever.

I love hanging out with my like minded health conscience friends.  Especially when we’re encouraging others to get fit.  And so as part of this morning, after our run, they are offering us a yoga session by an amazing instructor for only $5.  Pretty cool deal. And if you follow my blog, then you know how important I think yoga is for athletes – especially runners.  Check out my post on it here: Yoga for Runners

If you’re in the area, join us.  If you’re not in the area, get to the area.  Minimum run will be 2 miles, max run is up to you as we are running laps around Celebration Park…the more laps you do, the more mileage.  It’s 1.5 miles around and exactly 1 mile from Pure Movement.  Here’s the course: Saturday’s route

I hope you can join us.

Other than that, I need to make a correction to my last post.  I said I had done 4 videos with Flula.  But I lied.  I had forgotted the very first video I made with him.  It was on a show we used to do called “The Dilly-O”.

Silly show, yes, but it must’ve been working because the series did win Two Emmys!

Fun night that was.

Fun night that was.

And one more thing I forgot to write about this week.  My soccer team made it to the championship game of our league.  The semifinal went to double overtime, then a double shootout.  I made my penalty shot to help them win.  But in the final, we also went to double overtime and double shootout, and I also made my penalty, but this time we lost.  Oh well, still had fun.

No smiles for second place.

No smiles for second place.

OK, I think that’s it for now.  Keep it fit people!


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Social Running

So like most every Thursday you’ll find me running with a great group of folks.  The cleverly titled group name is: Thursday Night Social Run.  Here’s why I like to run with them.

After a recent run.  Didn't want to get my shirt sweaty.

After a recent run. Didn’t want to get my shirt sweaty.

1.)  I did an experiment last week.  I ran one day by myself and tried to go at a good pace.  My pace was good, but I had to struggle a bit to do it.  Then a couple days later I ran with TNSR and tried to go at a good pace.  Not only was my pace faster, but it was more effortless.  Conclusion:  running with others makes running easier.  Do it.

We're totally lit.

We’re totally lit.

2.)  The folks in charge really care about the runners.  They are always getting us discounts at stores and bars and food places.  And they work to make each run fun!  You never know what surprises they have planned any given week.  Keeps it interesting.

3.)  Did I mention the discounts?  Who likes to pay full price for tacos and beer?  Not I.  We also get a standing discount at the Tri Store.  Why do these companies welcome us with open arms and give us free stuff and discounted stuff?  Now I’m not business expert, but if I managed a store and each week had the opportunity to welcome 50-100 potential customers for a short event at minimal/no cost to me, I think I’d dang sure take advantage of it!

4.)  After we run, we have social fun.  Beer is always an option for the post run festivities.  It’s like a sweaty happy hour.

If I could just be serious for a minute...I'd ruin less photos.

If I could just be serious for a minute…I’d ruin less photos.

5.)  The runners and folks in charge are loyal to the group.  And why not?  It’s a bunch of like-minded people who want to to something healthy and enjoyable.

6.)  With a large group of runners comes a large range of per mile paces.  This is good cause you’re pretty much guaranteed to have someone to run with.  This is very valuable to me.  I had run at some other smaller social runs the past year, and more often than not, I was alone.  I’m not the fastest guy in the world, but at many of these runs I was out in front all by myself.  How is that social?  With this group, there is no chance of that happening to me.

7.)  Friends.  You make friends and contacts.  Why would it be surprising that like minded peeps get along?

8.)  The group has spread to other parts of our lives.  People get together for races, drinks, brunch, or whatever.  That can’t be a bad thing.

9.)  We’re not afraid to be silly.  Running is fun.  Life is fun.  Why not take advantage?

Group pyramids are an important part of our cool down process.

Group pyramids are an important part of our cool down process.

10.)  It’s a good example for others.  When people see us, they ask about the group.  So many people join us just from seeing us and seeing the good times we exercisers are having.  Spreading the fitness message always makes me happy.

So that’s it in a quick nutshell that wasn’t too hard to crack.  If you have a fun social running group near you, I say try ’em out.  It’s always better to run with others.  You learn from them.  You become a better runner.  And check this idea – when you are on a trip, research local running groups and see about joining them for a trot.  I did that in NYC last summer.  it. was. dope.  I met with a group of really cool folks and we went for a run through Central Park.  That was an unexpected bucket list item checked off right there, I tell you!

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