Whether you’re a mom-on-the-go, turning over a new leaf, or stuck in a rut, we can all benefit from a few health and fitness guidelines to motivate us. I’ve put together a few simple pointers that I consider my baseline. Through this blog, I will expand weekly on a specific topic connected to this baseline. [Read more…] about Guidelines to my Baseline
The plan was to raise some money, trot around the track, bring awareness, and become reacquainted with old friends. Nowhere in the plan was pain beyond measure, gasping for air, or losing complete control of my body. But if I had to pinpoint a moment when it went all wrong, it was when I decided to look the Monster in the eye. [Read more…] about Sword in the Stone
There’s more that goes into being a better version of ourselves than working out. Although this is a great and imperative start, what we put in our bodies is just as important, if not more. I want to share my tried-and-true secrets on nutrition as we travel on this path together towards a better you and me.
I am not a personal trainer or certified in nutrition. However, being a professional athlete for over ten years exposed me to tons of information from those that are licensed and certified. Applying these details throughout my career led to success as a runner. It has also given me tools for life. I now have habits that have created a lifestyle that will last a lifetime.
What we ingest is directly reflected in our physical being: lean muscle, less fat, optimal functioning organs, clear skin…the list is endless. Because I walk the walk and talk the talk, I have total strangers approach me for advice on my regimen. I always encourage exercise but emphasize nutrition. [Read more…] about BAD Juju? GOOD Juju!
Today I returned to the battlefield, appropriately dressed in camou, after taking the weekend off. My routine is to start Monday in the gym, therefore, weather can never be an excuse not to work out. Plus, I like the motivating environment we all need on a Monday morning. Part of that motivation comes from my drill sergeant, Rob Paci of Joey D Golf, with the other (important-to-the-process part) being me showing up. Rob leads me through a series of resistance circuits with intermittent sixty-seconds cardio (jump rope, treadmill, or squat jumps). My heart rate goes through the roof and I get an incredible sweat in. With these sessions, the tone is set for my week and I’m one day closer to the fitness level I aspire to.
As promised, a video as I begin chronicling my journey to becoming stronger and faster…and let’s not forget, the monster.
I’ve been presented with the opportunity to create a 4x400m relay team with former Georgetown teammates. We will compete in a series of races this spring and throughout the summer in order to raise money and awareness for Huntington’s Disease. Other than being away from the sport for over six years and fighting Father Time, the challenge clearly lies in the distance.
Arguments can be made about the hardest race in Track and Field, but it is unanimous that the 400m garners the greatest respect. In order to be successful at this distance, one must combine the perfect balance of speed and endurance. Too much speed, you’re screwed. Too little endurance, you’re still gasping for air down the homestretch. See the dilemma in getting race-ready in nine weeks? [Read more…] about MONSTER & ME
I appreciate a new start, a do-over, starting over, or whatever term you choose as we enter the New Year. Every year I create a list. Not resolutions but more like aspirations. And every year I have “rollovers”. There’s that one thing I put off for an entire year and have to bring it back to the forefront. But there’s also the rollover that has become a staple to the list every year—my health. I don’t ever expect it to be checked off. Like the majority of the nation, I start the new year focusing on my health. But unlike that majority, I maintain this focus throughout the year. I want to be a better version of myself every year that goes by, to become better with age. [Read more…] about NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNINGS