Racing Against Myself

This might sound crazy: I ran a half-marathon without training. To some people, the act of running sounds crazy, let alone running for 13 miles. But, my passion for running had been building since I was in college and this year I thought I would test myself. Coming off of a fitness high from fight training, I decided that if I could jump in the ring and take punches, a foot race would certainly be no beast. It was not the worst possible thing in the world, but it was no walk in the park. The experience was more of a race against myself than anything else, and it showed me my mental strength. I did not train for the race, but I was certainly in decent shape. I had been running regularly, around 6 to 10 miles total per week, leading up to the race. The thought to even … Continue reading Racing Against Myself

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Top 4 Apps for Quantifying Your Life

It is 2014, and there is about a 63% chance you are reading this post on a smartphone. Chances are also good that you use your smartphone for more than just calling, texting, and browsing the internet. If you are anything like me, you use your phone for everyday activities like driving, health/fitness, and business. Smartphone technology also makes it increasingly easier to quantify our lives. By “quantifying” I mean to actively record data about our activities and behaviors in order to analyze and reflect on that data. It sounds really nerdy, but it actually is the easiest way to recognize patterns in your life and manage changes. I have put together a list of my top 4 smartphone apps that I use on a regular basis to quantify my life: Lose It! is an application for tracking and managing food and exercise. This application acts as a “food diary” and … Continue reading Top 4 Apps for Quantifying Your Life

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