Going to eleven

In this famous scene from the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, the character Nigel Tufnel is showing off his Marshall guitar amplifiers, and points out that the control knobs all go to setting Eleven. When challenged by the director on why he just doesn’t follow the usual convention of One to Ten, and make Ten…

What’s next

I’ve had quite a week… 7 days to reflect on the marathon finish and the process leading up to it. I learned a lot about running and a lot about myself. I also learned that the blog has been a trigger for many of you to motivate yourselves into a new fitness routine, or to…

Mind tricks and tradeoffs

I had lunch with a former work friend yesterday, and we got to talking about fitting in fitness in our busy lives.  She said she wanted to work out more, but just could not find the time.  She followed with a good list of other priorities that always seemed to take precedence.  You know the usual ones……

Minor adjustments

Do minor adjustments really make a difference… like taking the stairs instead of the elevator? If you work on the fourth floor, you could lose a pound a week. How about switching to instant coffee instead of daily Starbucks?  You could save $500 in just one year. I have recently been feeling a pain in my leg…

Certainty in an uncertain world

I was talking with a friend this morning who was concerned about impending changes in his company’s organization.  It reminded me of the times in my career when it was hard to do my best work because of uncertainty in the company’s strategy or next quarter’s financial outlook.  Who wants to do great work in…

Setbacks and comebacks

I heard this phrase from Joel Osteen, “A setback is a setup for a comeback.”  I’m not sure who really originated it, but I like the play on words.  I also see it playing out in my life right now.  For those of you following me on my marathon training progress, I suffered a minor…

Controlling the uncontrollable

Sounds like a contradiction right out of the gate, doesn’t it?  By definition, uncontrollable circumstances cannot be controlled.  For those of us who like to be in charge and know what to expect, it can be pretty frustrating when surprises come along.  You can choose to deny or fight the new reality, or you can…

Wake-up call

I think “wake-up call” may be one of most misused phrases in our language. It is typically used to describe a surprise, something that suddenly popped up and really got our attention. Then it follows that we actually “woke up” and started taking action, like metaphorically getting out of bed and getting on with our day. For…

The next step

As I crossed over the 10-mile mark with my running form fully in the groove, my mind began to wander.  The endorphins had kicked in and I was enjoying the half-marathon, but I couldn’t help thinking about 2 years ago. That’s when I huffed and puffed my way through my first mile, on a quest…