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Diaphragmatic breathing has a huge impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
Sunday was my first six-mile run since the Pumpkin Fest 10k. The weather was beautiful in Wheaton - a place it’s much easier to find “hills” than the lakeshore. Even if you don’t live “near” the lake, Chicago is flat. This means even bridges can’t be used as reliable hills. The city is built above the river, for the most part, thus bridges are as flat as everything else.
Wheaton, though, is a city separated by the Metra tracks, which means there is a need for bridges that actually incline over the tracks so cars and pedestrians can avoid oncoming trains without having to wait for freighters - notoriously slow. The one bridge I found ended up being my three-mile turnaround point.
If felt good. The bridge and the longish run were the perfect introduction to the first real day of spring in Chicagoland. May I take advantage of more of them.
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If stretching before exercise is of questionable benefit, is there any time that stretching is beneficial? The Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds responds to readers’ questions.
Making buyers feel like idiots probably was not the intention tech inventors had when designing new equipment. I’m sure they had the best intentions, tried to make our lives just a little bit easier.
For about two weeks, my wife and I have been dealing with a sporadically inconsistent coffee maker. Sometimes it turns on. Sometimes it doesn’t. Today, the ladder. I elected to make tea instead of the instant coffee gruel I bought for such occasions. It was the right choice.
Having finally felt good about not having a coffee maker, I headed outside with my super-old Garmin Forerunner 301 in the hopes of knocking out some quarter-mile intervals. Setting the GPS watch face-up on a rock to engage in its systematic worship of the satellites, I began putting around in a quasi-warmup routine that likely makes no difference whatsoever in my ability to perform intervals.
After a solid two minutes, I became impatient and, arriving to check on the syncing progress of the watch, became sorely disappointed. I stood over the rock hoping that little black bar would, as in days old, jump from half full to totally synced, fidgeting all the while - it’s amazing how cold you can be in running clothes when you’re not actually running. Split-shots a-flare in the breeze, taxis and morning commuters passing through the intersection, I began to realize how much I truly looked like an idiot. Standing over a rock. In a bright yellow shirt and running shorts. Waiting for this piece of technology to tell me I could finally run.
So, given the fact that I’d already begun my morning late, I picked up my sorry piece of equipment, walked back inside and ate breakfast instead.
Another morning lost to frustration. (The HRM on my Forerunner went out years ago, but I’ve come to terms with that).
After Kate Napleton heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon , all she could think was so many people had to be hurt. That’s because she knows there always are hordes of people at the finish lines.
Excerpt: “Using Crowdrise, an online tool to fundraise for charity, she’s asking people to donate a minimum of $10 or $26 in honor of the 26.2-mile race to the American Red Cross, which responds to disasters. So far, $437 has been raised, which is 29 percent of the $1,500 goal to help out the Red Cross. Donations are accepted here.”