I started running 13 years ago. I don’t remember what led me to do that, I think I wanted to lose weight and that was the cheapest, most accessible sports to access, independent of gym fees or specific time of day. Living in Tel Aviv, my students flat was right by the sea, so going out for a quick run by the beach was something I could do anytime, for however long I wanted. I started with 2k, which at the beginning seemed quite an achievement to me. As time passed and I was introduced to the intoxicating feeling known to many runners, I started stretching the 2k limits – one more kilometer, just one more, slowly reaching 12k and sometimes more. Not much to those of you running marathons and half marathons, but to me – a girl who couldn’t throw a ball in highschool – this was an achievement.
For different reasons of knee squeaking, life changes and other excuses, I have kept in the same loop of quitting and starting running for too many times. This time, with #healthier2010 I decided to target 2010 NY Marathon to allow me to consistently build strength and stamina for long enough time, and give me an excuse to go for that daily run and not ‘just do it. tomorrow’.
so why do I run?
There are many known physical and mental benefits to running. I trust you know them and I won’t bore you with them.
The reason I run is not only to burn these calories, I run because it is one of the single activities I do that centralizes and focuses me. Some people meditate, some people paint, some people cook and some people build plane models – Everyone has that once activity that balances them out, that cleans and focuses the mind and that’s the one for me, what’s yours?
Chris Brogan told a personal story about ‘scorching earth‘ : clearing his fridge from all unhealthy food upon return from vacation. Tim Ferriss is sharing his secrets in a new book coming out soon, and has dedicated many posts to discussing his transformation. These guys are an inspiration to me and I am so happy to be reading their documentation of their journey to better health.
Me I have decided to dedicate myself one hour a day in the gym, 5-6 times a week. Will that make a change? we’ll wait and see. I have consulted with a good friend of mine who considers the gym his home and here are the tips I got:
* to burn fat – do aerobics aerobics, aerobics. When I do get to run, I usually go for a 3-4 mile run. I will aim for 4-5 mile run 5-6 times a week.
* add weight training for upper body and back muscles strengthening
* food (yeah I was eager to get to this part already): 2 schools of thought here. I tend to go with ‘eat an energy bar 1 hour before training’ and my friend goes with ‘eat half a bagel and drink coffee with no milk or sugar 30 min before training”. I am curious about his approach which is suppose to ‘skip’ the 20 first min of protein burn straight into fat burn.
5-6 time a week is a lot, but if I keep it short, it should be sustainable. 21 days to build a habit, right?
As a kid, I used to spend hours at my Grandma’s. In a hidden house, in a hidden street somewhere in Tel Aviv, I used to help her sew new cloths. My Grandma, a well-kept polish women, always wearing Lipstick on, was using Burda, a german magazine, to cut patterns and sew suits, shirts, My Purim customs, any piece of garment you could think of, my Grandma could do.
I was reminded of Burda when I was going through Time-Out this weekend, and ran into a short piece about Burda online site which one of the editors was using to as a creative and economically efficeint way to get new cloths. I checked the site out and was blown out by the transition this magazine has gone through: open source based with community, wiki and amazingly cheap, simple and quick way to download patterns.
Going through the site, I was in awe. What an amazing tranformation for such an old, traditional brand, such a nische activity, using latest technology and collaborative participation: The site allows one to create a profile, upload a creations, participate in forum discussions, refer to a ‘sewpedia’ with explanations of unclear sewing tactics and terms, watch how to videos and read the professional Burda peeps blogs and download patterns for as little as $4.
A true fashion community. I might go back to my childhood days and start sewing again, if only just to participate in this network.