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If you’re a runner heading into the depths of winter, the dreaded confrontation with the treadmill becomes inevitable. Like most, I’m ambivalent about treadmills. I am glad they’re there but mostly I’m still a bit apathetic as they are clearly no substitute for outdoor running. I will run in just about any weather to avoid treadmills, but if you get winters as bad as the Midwest, you’re guaranteed at least a few weeks out of the year with no option. The ice, snow, or temperature can get too dangerous. …


Money

Trying the “Medium Investment Challenge”

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For most of my life, investing did not make much sense, and I hadn’t bought even one share of stock. I was self-employed, making a lot of money, and never felt it was necessary to do so. Fun, as well as my future, seemed certain as I was assured lots of fresh money would always be coming in. Even after my business failed, it still took me a long time to come around with the concept of investing and I just began at the age of 36.

Taking a chance

So many doubts kept me from taking the leap. For instance, I did…


Psychology

Fight the surprises

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Even though I like to drink regularly, I feel like a dry month can do a lot of good. It’s a great opportunity to reset, recharge, and regain clarity. Heading into another dry January, I thought it would be helpful to share some advice on how to get through it who are trying. After all, it is an addictive substance many of us are regimented in consuming because it feels good. It forms part of who we are and our social fabric. Even if you’re not an alcoholic, it can be a challenge.

If you already drank this month, it’s…


Life

In case you don’t have any

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Who knows if you’re coming off this year with any grandiose life lessons. Maybe you’re just confused, uncertain, and bored. Maybe you think there are lessons to be had, but not sure what they are. I have compiled some good ones if you’re part of the latter group.

  1. I’m the only one that can help me.
  2. My mental health deserves the highest priority in my life.
  3. It was never a lack of time that stopped me from doing things.
  4. I should create as much as I consume.
  5. I am capable of surviving some pretty bad shit.
  6. Human contact is a…


Weight Loss

An honest review

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It’s getting to that time of the year when we start making those promises. New year, new me! Like so many others, weight loss seems to be of central focus especially after a year indoors stuffing my face. This time around, I wanted to try something new. Many new apps like Noom, offer a proven way to meet our weight loss goals. I was going to wait until New Years' to try Noom, but I figure I would test out the free trial before completely committing.

Good News: I am not sponsored by Noom or here to sell you anything…


Running

Reaching compromise

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I’ve met countless couples that run together, and it seems like an ideal arrangement. But what if you don't have that advantage? My wife couldn’t be less interested in running, and most of my family and friends share a similar sentiment. Most people I know think “cardio is silly” and “running is just putting one foot in front of the other.”

It’s not like my spouse doesn’t try. I get running gear for Christmas and get some encouragement to pursue my goals. My spouse even surprised me at an ultra-marathon waving a motivational sign, despite feeling out of place because…


Love

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I have been happily married for five years. I attribute most of our success to apologizing when need-be. Showing you’re sorry is the best way to show you are willing to let go of hostilities and end arguments.

When we first started dating, I was a lot more stubborn. I didn’t want to show sorrow because it made me weak. I needed to be the strong and righteous one because I thought that was my role in the relationship. Showing defeat by apologizing was a shortcut to being walked over and mistreated.

After a while though, I learned that deflecting…


Humor

A new paradigm has arrived

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2010–2020 was easily the era of hustle. Get up at 4 AM. Crush the gym. Grind until you go cross-eyed. Sleep when you’re dead. Get that money!

The pendulum has inevitably swung the other way, ushering in a new paradigm for performance, health, and most importantly….status!

Whether it’s athletes or entrepreneurs, sleep and relaxation are the new social currency for the new decade. Lack of sleep has become America’s largest silent killer. At some point, we got so obsessed with making it big, we forgot that we need a little R and R. Recharging is in such high demand right…


Running

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I am grateful for the huge reception that my Maffetone Method article got recently. Out of the 8,000 people who read it, I am sure at least one person is trying it and undoubtedly struggling. My goal is to provide more tips and guidelines that go further than the introductory concepts and help others get the most impact from the training method.

While the current heart rate is essential to make sure you are staying under the recommended beats per minute (bpm) during your run, the average heart rate is probably the most important metric for Maffetone runners. After a…


Psychology

It's not what you think

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With every new year rolling around, New Year's resolutions tend to follow the same promises: Lose weight, get healthy, stop smoking, get organized, etc. I have no doubt with how 2020 has gone that these same promises will grow exponentially.

But I have grown a different perspective. I have had a lot more free time this year with traveling less, commuting less to work, and attending fewer social events. I’ve had all the time in the world to lose weight, get more organized, or get healthier. It didn't happen. Promising these things doesn't seem as genuine this time around.

My…

Bradley S.

A runner who has beers and writes

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