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Archive | October, 2013

Getting Ready for the Big Day – Inexperienced Marathon Runner

<p>Sara and I have been dating for just over one year, and in two months we'll be running in what will be my first marathon. She's been running for years and has participated in marathons all over the country, but I'm pretty new at this. Until three months ago, I don't think that I've run a step since they forced me to in high school gym class. </p>

<p>That was until Sara asked me to join her on one of her runs, after which I found myself wheezing and nearly losing my lunch. It was then and there that I decided I wanted to be healthy enough to be able to do anything she can, and that was when we agreed to run the upcoming Portland marathon together. At that point it was five months away, and I had a lot of training to do.</p>

<p>As anyone who has visited the Pacific Northwest knows, it rains a lot here, so I decided immediately to go out and invest in a treadmill. Somehow I knew that running was going to become a big part of my life, so I knew that I needed something that could provide me with the workout I was looking for, and that would last for a long time.</p>

Sara and I have been dating for just over one year, and in two months we’ll be running in what will be my first marathon. She’s been running for years and has participated in marathons all over the country, but I’m pretty new at this. Until three months ago, I don’t think that I’ve run […]

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A Lifetime of Health

<p>When I was a younger woman, I never really felt the need to exercise. Life was busy enough to keep me moving, and maintaining my health wasn't ever much of a consideration.</p>

<p>Last year I turned seventy, and I suddenly realized that I wasn't getting around as much as I used to, and that I was starting to slow down. I decided that if I wanted to keep feeling healthy and capable, I would have to do something to keep myself active. Being seventy doesn't make me any spring chicken, but it's not exactly ancient these days! I've still got many good years ahead of me, and I want to be healthy enough to enjoy them.</p>

<p>I started by going out for more walks, and that was fine at first, but when autumn came and the weather changed I decided that I wanted to have something I could use to work out in the comfort of my own home. So I asked my doctor for a suggestion, and he recommended that I look into an elliptical machine, because it would provide exercise that would be easier on my joints and bones.</p>

When I was a younger woman, I never really felt the need to exercise. Life was busy enough to keep me moving, and maintaining my health wasn’t ever much of a consideration. Last year I turned seventy, and I suddenly realized that I wasn’t getting around as much as I used to, and that I […]

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Climbing to New Heights – Mountain Climber

<p>When I was seventeen, I got into bouldering. My friends and I would head out to this rocky part of the beach, and we'd spend the afternoons climbing up and down big rocks, making jokes, and generally goofing off and having a good time.</p>
<p>Flash forward thirteen years, and climbing has become no joke. I still end up outside with my friends, and we still have a great time and do a bit of goofing around, but these days a missed grip doesn't mean a ten foot fall into the sand. It means plummeting hundreds of feet, sliding into a crevasse in a glacier face, or any of another million things that can go wrong. And on my next climb, the most ambitious I've ever undertaken, there will be even less room for error, because in four months I will be flying up to Alaska to climb Denali, the tallest peak in North America.</p>
<p>Usually my preparation for a big climb doesn't involve much more than getting a run in every few days and maybe hitting the gym for some work with the weights now and again, but I felt like this time I should do something more. After considering my options, it struck me that an elliptical makes for the perfect workout for any dedicated climber.</p>

When I was seventeen, I got into bouldering. My friends and I would head out to this rocky part of the beach, and we’d spend the afternoons climbing up and down big rocks, making jokes, and generally goofing off and having a good time. Flash forward thirteen years, and climbing has become no joke. I […]

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