Lance’s Running Commandments

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…..Lance CLARK’S running commandments. Here in Pocatello, the only Lance is Lance Clark. He works for our City Parks and Rec and coordinates the city fun run series, and does a PHENOMENAL job at it. He also writes updates for the his program, and everyone who gets the email loves reading it because it is so funny.

I have to share part of his latest effort (and I am assuming it is his own work).

“Here are my 10 seasonally appropriate commandments for running

1)      Thou shalt have many other things in life that bring you joy in addition to running.  I may have brought thou off the couch, but I am not a jealous workout.

2)      Thou shalt not run to make your body a carved image.  Running shall be for fitness and enjoyment and health.  The carved image follows, sometimes.  For some people.

3)      It is ok to take the name of your running partners in vain during steep hills

4)      Thou shalt take days off and not feel guilty.  Rest as hard as you train, several days of rest per week are acceptable in mine eyes.

5)      Honor your father and your mother, by running on all Hallmark holidays, rather than going out to a 4000 calorie dinner.

6)      Thou shalt not use the words “killing it” before the whole run is accomplished.  The crash is sure to follow.

7)      Thou shalt cheat on thine diet after a long run.  But thou shalt bear in mind that a slice of cake is like 6 more miles and that just isn’t worth it.  Try extra slices of lean turkey on thine sandwich instead.  But donuts are always an accepted offering.

8)      Thou shat not bear false witness about thine miles, or thine time, or thine PR.

9)      Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s marathon time.  Thou art thine own person, own it.

10)   Thou shall only covet thy neighbor’s running apparel only if it is weather appropriate and you are miserable.  Thou shalt not covet the color, slimming fit or any other fashion based aspect of thine neighbor’s apparel.  It is OK to covet new shoes.  Everyone loves new shoes.”

The Daniel Plan

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I am  Christian and try to keep God in all aspects of my life, including physical fitness. I thank God for the ability walk, run, swim, bike and all physical capabilities because it allows me to enjoy His creations.

Rick Warren and “Forty Days of Purpose” played a huge role in my life in 2002, while I would sit in my tent north of Kuwait City prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

And now I see that Rick has this thing called the Daniel Plan that helps bring together spiritual and physical parts of our lives. So I wanted to share this with everyone.

One month til Race Day!

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Quick Training Update:

Swim = going good.

Bike = sucks.

Run = going good.

LA Times – Exercise data reveal a couch potato nation

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It takes a while for the author to get to the foundation of the problem, but finally the last paragraph gets to the root of the problem. Our nation’s obesity problem starts in the grade schools and my perception of completely inefficient use of time and resources

“We drive our kids to school; they sit at a desk all day long; then they sit at home playing video games, then they go to sleep,” he said. “Unfortunately, we live most of our life going from chair to chair to chair. And if we can change that, just a little bit, we can have a massive impact on our healthcare costs.”

Also, adults and especially PARENTS need to be setting a good example and showing our nation’s kids what a healthy lifestyle is.

Meet ‘The Dash’: smart headphones that let you listen, train and talk (video)

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I love my Jaybirds, but these Dash headphones will probably replace them.


Waterproof headphones that also work as a heart rate monitor along with everything else = very cool and functional.

Currently just a few days into a kick starter project, so we will have to wait a while to get them

How to Start Exercising When You’re Already Overweight

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I really liked this article and think there is a lot of good tips in it for beginners or someone who might be starting to train for a triathlon this summer.

The next thing someone to remember is that a healthy lifestyle is a skill you work and get better at—not a thing you just get up and start doing one day. If you expect to just hop on a stationary bike, start lifting, or turn your diet upside down without challenges or setbacks, you’re setting yourself up for trouble. Approach your health and fitness goals like you would any other skill that you’re learning. Dick explains:

If you fell and scraped your knee the first time you attempted to ride a bike, you wouldn’t beat yourself up and say “Shit, something is horribly wrong with me…I just don’t have the willpower and discipline required to ride this bike,” would you? Nope, you’d realize that you just don’t have that skill yet. You just need to get better at it and learn how to control the bike when you hit different terrain…a bumpy road or a patch of grass, for example.

Here are a few thoughts I would tell someone just starting:

1. Take a slow and don’t worry about where you are at now. Think about six months from now.

2. The number on the scale is just a number, and it absolutely does not reflect who you are.

3. Know why you want to exercise. And “lose some weight” is normally not a useful goal.  My reason is “To stay in shape so I can enjoy life with my kids with long trips in the back country or other day-long activities that encompass a healthy and active lifestyle.”

4. Have several different exercise options readily available so you don’t get bored Different walking routes. Different sports. Different venues or people.

5. A missed daybor two is not tragic. Just back in the routine.

6. The first three days and twenty one days are the hardest. Making the fourth day and twenty-second day the most important. Why? It takes four days to change your daily view and twenty-one days to create a habit.

7 Ways Exercising Can Make You a Better Entrepreneur |

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This is definitely interesting….replace “entrepreneur” with “employee.” I see mynwork productivity nose-dive when I am not exercising regularly.

4. Boost your confidence.
Whether building a business or going through a rough patch, even the smallest fitness win can help you gain the confidence you need to achieve larger goals in your business life. “Having a great workout translates into every area of your life, making you feel more accomplished at the end of the day about everything that you do,” says Robinson.

5. Overcome business challenges.
Training for a fitness challenge such as a marathon can help entrepreneurs re-learn the importance of goal-setting and determination. Schembri participated in her first triathlon when she was 58-years-old and says the vigorous training regime she underwent to achieve her fitness goals helped her to be a more tenacious entrepreneur. Removing the word “can’t” from her vocabulary made her view obstacles as simply another challenge to be overcome, she says.

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