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MVP #061 – Half Marathon Emergency Plan – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast

MVP #061 – Half Marathon Emergency Plan – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast

Planning for Success

In podcast episode #59 we talked about staying motivated when you aren’t seeing results. To truly BELIEVE and stay MOTIVATED, I suggested drilling into the details of what you’re trying to accomplish. Perhaps you have goals to run more or eat less or do something better or be less annoying. Whatever you think you want to do, you’d better get organized and DEFINE your target. Clear definition of your goal will allow you to set your trajectory appropriately. Without further adieus here is my Half Marathon Emergency Plan.

Identify the goal
What: Half Marathon (run 13.1 miles in a day)
When: No later than 11.29.2015
How Fast: 1:50 (110 minutes)

Placing emphasis on exactly WHAT I want to do, WHEN I want to do and to WHAT LEVEL allows me to make a plan. The plan will be the stepping stones across the river of uncertainty that lies between my CURRENT SELF and my GOAL. Without knowing the appropriate steps to take, I start at the goal distance and work backwards. Knowing that I will peak with 13.1 miles on my “race day” I set up a reasonable number of steps based upon the amount of weeks I have to get the preparation work done.

Make a plan
Maximize my run distance at 14 miles the weekend prior (11.22.2015).
Add in tempo and speed runs during the week (must attain speed of 8 minute mile for shorter runs)
Base runs at minimum of 5k (3.1 miles)

** I typically would peak my long run distance  two weeks prior, but am going to stay with the increase, increase, fall back pattern as this plan is actually to achieve an interim goal en route to something greater that I disclose in the near future. **


 

Write it down
When it came time to put this in writing, I started with the structure of things I wanted to accomplish my goal. I know I want increasing long runs. That is not enough to achieve the time goal as 9 minute miles, like I can barely maintain currently, will not get me down to 1:50. That is why I chose that time goal – to force the issue of improving speed.

Look at the layout of each week in the table below. Each week focuses effort around the goal of the long run on Sunday.

Saturday: The day BEFORE the long run will be walking or something easy along with stretching / core work. Making a good habit of this will relax the mind the night before the race.

Monday: The day AFTER the long run will be leg recovery and strength-building. It will be a day to exercise the other leg muscles and then finish with slow building intervals with an overall distance of 3.1 miles.

Tuesday: Speed and or agility. Suicides, very short intervals, dynamic movements that are separate from movements used in a longer run.

Wednesday: Middle length run, about half of the max distance for this training goal. Resistance training is also on the menu for Wednesday.

Thursday: Tempo run. Try to maintain goal race pace or slightly quicker each week. Feeling uncomfortable and learning to train while uncomfortable will ease performance on race day.

Friday: Recovery run and third of my three resistance training days for the week. The resistance training for Friday and Wednesday will not include legs.

EACH DAY, some light stretching, core work or meditation to stay in tune with how your body is feeling is recommended.

That’s it. Adapt and adjust this to your goals. As always consult with your doctor regarding any physical fitness activity and listen to your body. Get good rest and put healthy foods with vitamins and nutrients in your body instead of simply avoiding bad things. It is easier to improve your diet by adding in good things.

Good luck. Let me know how you do.

Mark

 

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10.12.2015 Core and LEGS 5k Speed and agility core Mid run strength Tempo run

Core

Recovery run

Strength

Walk and stretch

Core

Run Long

Easy pace

Core

10.19.2015 Core and LEGS 5k Speed and agility core Mid run strength Tempo run

Core

Recovery run

Strength

Walk and stretch

Core

Run Long

Easy pace

Core

10.26.2015 Core and LEGS 5k Speed and agility core Mid run strength Tempo run

Core

Recovery run

Strength

Walk and stretch

Core

Run Long

Easy pace

Core

11.02.2015 Core and LEGS 5k Speed and agility core Mid run strength Tempo run

Core

Recovery run

Strength

Walk and stretch

Core

Run Long

Easy pace

Core

11.09.2015 Core and LEGS 5k Speed and agility core Mid run strength Tempo run

Core

Recovery run

Strength

Walk and stretch

Core

Run Long

Easy pace

Core

11.16.2015 Core and LEGS 5k Speed and agility core Mid run strength Tempo run

Core

Recovery run

Strength

Walk and stretch

Core

Run Long

Easy pace

Core

11.23.2015 Core and LEGS 5k Speed and agility core Mid run strength Tempo run

Core

Recovery run

strength

Walk and stretch

Core

Run Long

Easy pace

Core

 

 

 

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10.12.2015 3 2 7 5 4 2 10
10.19.2015 3 2 7 5 4 2 11
10.26.2015 3 2 7 5 4 2 12
11.02.2015 3 2 7 5 4 2 11
11.09.2015 3 2 7 5 4 2 13
11.16.2015 3 2 7 5 4 2 14
11.23.2015 3 2 7 5 4 2 13.1

 

 

 

Visualize your future self at that goal and describe it
Adequate nightly sleep
Green smoothie each morning
Cardio training 4-6 days per week
Core training part of regular schedule
Daily stretching or meditation and relaxation breathing
Describe the same qualities of yourself at your current state
No regular core training
Lack of cardio conditioning
Joint stability for endurance training unknown
Whole foods minimized in diet, many processed foods being consumed.

Make a plan to connect your current self to your future self at the targeted goal
Add in 5 minutes of core exercises and some stretching each night and/or morning
Run at least every 36 hours
Make a quick smoothie first thing each morning
Sleep by 10:15 every other night
Stretch dynamically prior to runs. Cool down with Tater walk.

Know the rules, and then play better than everyone else.

Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
@mochavegan

 

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Teaching Math Fits Me Like A Comfy Pair of Shoes

Teachers help dreams come true

Teaching Math Fits Me Like a Comfy Pair of Shoes

Teaching is fun and rewarding. It is good work. The benefit is creating a different perspective for students. Create a lasting memory for students to carry with them as they interact with others as they mature.  Make a difference! 

Mark
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MVP #059 – How to Stay Motivated When You’re Not Seeing Results – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast

  1. Identify the goal
  2. Make a plan
  3. Write it down
  4. Visualize your future self at that goal and describe it
  5. Describe the same qualities of yourself at your current state
  6. Make a plan to connect your current self to your future self at the targeted goal

Know the rules, and then play better than everyone else.

Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
@mochavegan

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MVP #057 – Energize Me! – How to Energize Friends and Teammates

Emotional

Emotionally, friends and teammates pick you up when you are down. They calm you when you are upset. A good friend will energize you when you need it most. When you get in a rut: between matches, between sets or even during a timeout that your team has to call.

Draw energy from your friends and teammates.

Why are some teammates real Debbie Downers and others always cheerful and supportive? What kind of support can you expect from your friends and teammates?

Fuel

Be aware that your body is like a leaking boat when it comes to fuel. Just sitting and reading this your body is burning fuel, consuming calories. When exercising or in competition, you are burning calories at a faster rate. Depending on your size you may burn between 8 and 12 calories every minute. Let’s make this specific to the fuel to energize volleyball girls. Assume an average calorie expenditure of 10 calories per minute. A 40 minute match could consume 400 calories of fuel. In tournaments where matches are occasionally back-to-back this could pose a problem. Imagine having a good breakfast, but walking into consecutive matches where you burn 800 calories that you didn’t expect to burn. How do you get that back?

Planning

Similar to trying to energize is hydration. Drinking the equivalent of a half liter bottle of water every match might keep up with your sweating. To stay energized and hydrated, you must plan ahead. Bring snacks for before matches, between sets and be prepared. Drink water regularly and know where the restroom is. Have your body fueled, hydrated and ready to perform at your top level.

Bring snacks for your friends. Sharing is caring, people! Energize yourself and each other.

Mark
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@mochavegan
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So you want to run a 6:00 mile or an 8:00 or 10:00 mile. You want to improve. YES! Identify your goal:

Let’s use the 6-Minute Mile.
One mile = 4 laps around the school track.
4 x 1:30 = 6:00
Half-lap pace would be 45 seconds or a quarter lap at 22.5 seconds.
You get the idea. Break down the goal into a small enough piece so that you can nail it! Then each week try to increase the number of times you can repeat this ‘miracle’ of new performance. Keep score, track your results and let me know how you do.
Running faster, lifting more weight, eating something better than a sleeve of Oreos when you get home. Performing any of these activities will require you to endure some pain. You have to train yourself to deal with some discomfort in order to enact change.
Habits are difficult to uproot. Try something fun and brush your teeth with the opposite hand or put on your pants with the other leg first.
Keep in mind that in order to change a habit, you must add in a replacement for that habit and practice it. Stick with in and you’ll be reporting that 6-Minute Mile in no time!
Mark
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Is eating meat the right thing to do? Some situations require it. Understood.
We make choices because we are able to. Underdeveloped countries and poorer communities don’t have the same advantage of being able to choose the fast food drive through as opposed to food from their own fields.
What better choices can we make for our health? Consider a stronger whole food diet.
Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.
Be thoughtful. Ask questions. Do good things. Help yourself and others live long and healthful lives.
Find community. Find support.

Vegan
veg•an
ˈvēɡən/
noun
1. a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

A plant-based diet is one based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products (including dairy). It may refer to: Vegan diet: a plant-based diet with no food from animal sources.

Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.

MVP #055 – Focus and Mental Training

Focus your effort

Focus your effort

Set goals and work hard

Lizzy in her varsity jersey

Professional athletes experience impacts from good focus and fail when they get distracted. Keeping your head in the game is critical to successful performance. There are things people do to prepare for performances. Train, be in shape, mental training. Let’s focus on mental training and how focus can work for you.

Attitude
Have a good attitude. Do your best. Don’t expect perfection.

Motivation
Be prepared for adversity or a slump. Trouble with fitness and diet happen. How do you maintain motivation when times are tough and you start to feel down? No self pity, no excuses. Be self-motivating. WANT to be there because you really don’t HAVE to be. Look inside yourself. Play for you.

Goals
Set goals, plan ahead. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Visualize that future version of you. Write down what you discover about your desires. Make a plan with steps along with way to achieve the success you desire. Train yourself to achieve skills you need for the next / higher level.

People Skills
Develop good people skills. Get along / play nice with others. Have an attitude of gratitude and enjoy what you love.

Self-Talk
Avoid negative self-talk. Deal with uncertainty by telling yourself that you can do it. You HAVE that skill and you CAN handle it! Positive self-talk and looking ahead to the next opportunity to perform well will take you far!

Visualization
See YOU making the right plays to eliminate stress in challenging situations. See the successful action in your mind’s eye.

Anxiety and Emotions
DON’T WORRY. Forget the free throw you missed. You can’t change the past, but you can focus on the next effort.  Don’t let your emotions get in the way. Remain level-headed minimize the highs and the lows and be an automatic performer.

Concentration
Forget anything but how well you can do what you are getting ready to do. You have practiced this before MANY TIMES. Concentrate on what you already know how to do and DO IT!

You’re good enough, you’re smart enough and dog-gone-it, people really like you.
Be thoughtful. Ask questions. Do good things. Help yourself and others live long and healthful lives.

Find community. Find support.

Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
@mochavegan

 

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MVP #054 – Your Morning Choices Could Save Your Life
WHY POWER
Are you working in a positive direction or slipping backwards?
Opportunity cost = missed opportunities caused by choices.
Opportunity cost can be good or bad? You can choose to get up in the morning and move your body and your opportunity cost was only a few minutes of sleep. Choosing bad foods for breakfast could cost you some of your performance during the day that day. Find good habits, clear out the excuses, help yourself and help others along the way.

Vegan
veg•an
ˈvēɡən/
noun
1. a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

A plant-based diet is one based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products (including dairy). It may refer to: Vegan diet: a plant-based diet with no food from animal sources.

Some meat eaters that don’t care about the animals welfare because their religion says the animals don’t have souls.
Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.

**SOME THINGS JUST AREN’T RIGHT**
Historically: Raising animals for your own consumption.
Now we have a several generation deep tradition of holiday meat feasts.
Dairy and meat industry have sponsored the food pyramid.

Is eating meat the right thing to do? Some situations require it. Understood.
We make choices because we are able to. Underdeveloped countries and poorer communities don’t have the same advantage of being able to choose the fast food drive through as opposed to food from their own fields.
What better choices can we make for our health? Consider a stronger whole food diet.
Infographic on grams of protein per 100g of a food:

Get educated so you can see the options available to you.
What’s in your salad? Lazy vegan salad toppings…
Where do you get your fiber?

If Vegans Said the Stuff Meat-Eaters Say

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Make a difference. Be responsible. Speak up when you know something is wrong. Speak up when you can prevent something bad from happening.
Be the example. Become the person you want other people to be.
Are cattle keeping our water hostage?
We force the animals to reproduce. Reduce the demand, reduce the available profits, reduce the number of factory farmed animals.

How consistent are you ethically? Is it okay to kill certain animals and not others? Can we force feed geese, but not dogs? Where do you draw the line?

Milking cats? How is that different than what we do with cows?
Could you have a litter of puppies … and then eat them?
What beliefs were you brought up with?

Vegan kickstart
http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/
Trying Vegan facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TryingVegan/
Nutritionfacts.org contains an encyclopedia of research comparison to help cut through the acres of research. Nice work!
Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.
Be thoughtful. Ask questions. Do good things. Help yourself and others live long and healthful lives.
Find community. Find support.
Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
@mochavegan

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What a difference you can make in your life with running.

Barriers to running:

Injuries – how do you transition back into running?

New to running / haven’t run before –

Suggestions:

DO SOMETHING.

Park a little further from your destination.

Look at running as an opportunity to explore a new area.

Challenge yourself to do more than before.

Start slow and go faster a little bit at a time.

Walk

Try to find a solution that moves you from the couch or your current area of inactivity towards running.

 Two Real Steps to Make the Change

  1. Make a Decision
    1. You have to commit to making a change in your life to get anywhere.
    2. Write down your goal
    3. Break it down into steps
    4. Find a very small step that moves you towards your goal, but is easily repeatable.
    5. Perform this step every day for two weeks.
    6. Increase the daily goal or step to take you further along your journey.
  2. Enjoy the Journey by Making It Social
    1. Find an Accountability Partner: friend, neighbor, family member
    2. Join a Group: walking, running, triathlon (Landis Tri Club is a local group that I enjoyed.)
    3. Use a Social App: Map My Ride, Ontri.net, My Fitness Pal
    4. Walk Your Dog

Find what works for you and fits in your life and let me know. I want to know how things are going and if I can help. 🙂

Mark
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Selective Ignorance

People start their training for selective ignorance early in life. Until recent efforts to reduce bullying in schools, the victims of mistreatment from their peers often found the pleas for help falling on deaf ears. It always seems justifiable to mind your own business when you look at things from a “how much good could I do, anyways” perspective. This looking out for number one really makes you a big piece of number two.

Let’s talk about the animals. What can I do to help the animals? Vote with your fork. If you find pictures of chickens crammed in tiny crates with other chickens unpleasant to look at, don’t eat chicken. If you are a huge fan of Charlotte’s Web (and so are you kids), say no to pork. When videos of calves being taken away from their milk-producing mothers as soon as their born pull at your heartstrings, say NO to beef.

 

Consume no animals

Many things in life fall into the category where the velocity of daily life and the more and more overscheduled family allow convenience to trump doing the right thing. It takes more effort to do the right thing. Being consistent requires planning ahead. We are a reactive society. Unfortunately people react more strongly to the latest trends on Facebook and Twitter than they do to the ongoing imprisonment and lifelong torture of animals for our food.

I have been out of work for two months now. Keeping your morals about you becomes more challenging as pressures for new work and household budgets mount. There are always choices to make. See them and seize the opportunities. Be right with the world. To help with the grocery budget, it is okay to not have any beer. No beer at all. This did coincide with my brilliant idea to give up coffee and chocolate for lent. Giving up coffee has been an epic undertaking. Epic. Seriously, epic. “Chocolate and coffee are your two main food groups,” says my oldest daughter. So cut back on the beer and I could sleep. Sleep a lot. With my busy family, there is little time for extra sleep. See if this sounds familiar to any families out there:

Morning: Alarms start going off between 6 and 6:30 for morning showers or last-minute homework items. Three kids must all be up around 7 at the latest. My time then gets split between making breakfast and school lunches and water bottles. It is like herding cats, but usually ends well. My wife gets up around 7:30 when she is not on the road and by 7:45 and I am off to the high school. The rest of the crew is ‘ready’ to depart by 8.

8:30 starts my work day which can go until 2:30 when the kids are ready to return home. We have classes at the church, basketball, volleyball, flag football, speed and agility training and the occasional school function that pops up unexpectedly. During the school day, there are orthodontist appointments, dentist appointments, doctor appointments, calls from the school requesting forgotten books or homework, injuries from recess and taking the dog to the vet.

Dinner is a challenge. For a vegan, the amount of pizza that I buy or cook is unreasonable. I am not consistent with what I preach: “Don’t eat animal products!” -à “Here’s some cheese pizza kids…” I am not Rachel Ray or Emeril, nor do I pretend to. The disparity between what I’d like to have my kids eat and what they actually eat is a chasm that I am trying to bridge. We do not sit at the table together consistently as we are not all home at the same time most days. These are lazy excuses.

Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Doesn’t it?

I cook pasta and serve it with a meat and cheese free red sauce. I make vegetables, but not every day. I add in foods that I believe are important. I talk about nutrition. I garden and talk about the power of plants. I do not force anything on my kids. I want to amplify my parenting and fit it all in around finding a new job and helping my kids increase their performance in the sports of choice.

I commit to stay in shape. I am through 64 days of TapouT XT and have the aches and pains I would expect as a 47-year-old participant that doesn’t get enough rest. I try to run four days each week, including a run of at least 10-12 miles each Sunday. I have a green smoothie about three times a week and keep chia seeds in my diet to give me an edge. I drink tons of water.

I could really go for some coffee right now.

Seriously, is my suffering during lent helping God in any way? I’m not sure, but I am not getting headaches anymore and my productivity is skyrocketing. I took my girls to a mission at the church the two nights ago and heard a prayer that really got me thinking; it went something like this:

                God, please take anything or anyone from my life that is keeping me further from You.

Say that and really think it through. Coffee and chocolate, bah! Beer to save the grocery budget, pish posh. Anythingor anyone. Much of the sermon circled the idea that we try to prepare for all manners of ‘storms’ in our lives. We save money for a rainy day. We tell the kids to look both ways before they cross the street. But, the truth is we can’t really control any of it. We spend much of our time worrying and stressing about a myriad of potential life challenges that we have no control over whatsoever. I felt that the point of it all was that we have to trust God and give as much love to our people as we can.

Make good choices people. Love the Earth and those around you as much as you can. Let’s plant seeds of happiness for future generations together. :)

Mark

Training in Phases

Cleveland Marathon

Training in Phases

Increased Load

Similar to training for your first 5K race, many marathoner trainers simply increase their load over time so that they reach a maximum distance in time for their race. By running several times during the week and having one ‘long’ run on the weekend, you see your long run distance slowly approach marathon distance.

3-Week Phases

Other thoughts include taking two steps forward and one step back where your mileage increases two weeks in a row, then steps back slightly on the third week. This works well at the beginning, when gains in duration and distance are at their maximum. However, this approach can be tedious over the many months of marathon preparation AND it does not provide large enough improvements in pace for me.

Speed Training

Improving your performance with speed training involves testing your limits. In order to go fast, you have to … go faster. It isn’t quite that simple, I agree. To run a faster marathon, you must run a faster half marathon. To run the faster half marathon, you must run a faster 10K. A faster 10K requires a faster 5K, 2 miler, 1 miler or lap around your high school track. You have to go to the shortest distance necessary to see improvements. Do these shorter, faster, intervals with appropriate breaks between and you will be on your way to that faster Boston Marathon Qualifier. Run, Forrest, Run.

Creating More Time

Blerk

Set your alarm, get up early, do good things

Habits – Making the most of the time that you have.

You are convinced that there is a lot of productive time left on the table each day. It seems like you just work, go to bed and repeat. What happens to those few elusive hours surrounding the work and sleep each day? It will require some tracking, a little analysis, to really figure things out.

This won’t take long. Get a note card or a small notebook and keep it with you. For one week (so you cover all the days and their different structures. Identify each element of your day that seems to be a time-waster or unproductive. WRITE IT DOWN. For example, “2o minutes have Facebook chat with my buddy” OR “30 minutes catching up on ____ (Facebook, Twitter, news websites, etc.”

Do this for a week. Be honest, if you watch four episodes of your favorite show with the family, great, but right it down. Most successful people watch an hour or less of television each day and focus their social media time. Identify your 3-hour-per-day TV habit or your propensity to chat on the phone for an innocent 30 minutes several times each day and you are on your way to a more productive self.

Turn that Frown Upside-Down

So you’ve made THE LIST of your time transgressions and can’t even set it down for fear that someone will read it and judge you. Let’s take that list and invert it. Take each poor habit and transition it into the opposite: For example: “Watched more than 2 hours of TV every day” BECOMES “Watch less than 90 minutes of TV each day”. Take each habit and describe what you think is a healthier version of that habit. Do it for everything.

 

The goal is not to change everything overnight. What you should strive for is performing one of these new, RICH, habits and celebrating your success. Make a note of your successes. Each positive habit served during your day or week will allow other desired activities into your schedule. Perhaps the garden you always wanted to plant, reading some inspirational material or a more regular exercise regimen. You get the idea?

Get out there and try it. Keep score for a week and create healthier versions of those habit as daily time-saving goals.

Good luck!

Until next time:

Mark
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Eating Insects

Mmmm, tasty!???

Cricket

Seriously, did you expect me to talk about this? In this hypothetical journey into ‘oh, no, he didn’t’ I contemplate the impacts of people eating insects.

My recipe for Halloween Cricket Stir Fry

2 cups noodles of choice
1/4 cup sliced onions
2 cloves garlic
1 T chia seeds
1 t EVOO
1 1/2 cups of crickets, fresh

Improving Run Performance

My recipe for improving run performance

Speed training 2-3 times per week
Long Run for endurance once per week
Yoga once per week
Core 1 – 3 times per week

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Ever had that feeling, the feeling that you are at the end of your rope? Perhaps you aren’t sure if you can handle one more bad break.

Sometimes I need help, too.

I need to know what to do when I really don’t know what to do.

Tenacity

That’s where you will has to lead the way. Find something or someone to lean on and move away from the darkness and negative self talk in your mind. If you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, don’t give up, tie and knot and hang on.

Listen in.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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It is critical to be focused.

Intensity can add to your effectiveness. I believe you have to achieve focus and intensity in the right order to have an effective work session.

Focus and Intensity Ready to Pour

Intensity Ready to Pour

I can be intense for a variety of reasons.

Some days the coffee is a little too strong or I have a crazy morning workout and I feel energized and pumped up for the day ahead. Emotional anticipation of the results you expect can drive your intensity up as well.

Be careful with intensity.

Imagine accelerating quickly in a car without holding the steering wheel. Zero to sixty in the wrong direction!?!

You need control of direction, focus, to point your efforts in the right direction.

It reminds me of my first open water triathlon. An open water triathlon means that your swimming is not done in a pool with lanes lines, but out in a lake or bay of open water. I learned that without proper focus, my 750 meter swim easily became 1,200 meters from zigzagging around the 750 meter loop. It wasn’t the end of the world but I expended much more energy than I needed for a loop that many other swimmers followed closely and were out of the lake long before I was. I used the experience to practice sight swimming. When sight swimming, you look up periodically during a part of your effort to ensure you are going in the right direction. This allows for small course corrections more frequently and maintaining positive momentum instead of straying far off course before realigning with your goal. Your efforts in business and life should focus on the important task and then allow your intense effort to take you quickly to your goal. Stay tuned for more focus and coffee-fueled blog posts.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Lizzy the Gymnast interview:

Have fun, cheer for others and just have a good time. You can only control your performance and look forward to a double stack of Waffle House chocolate chip pancakes. What’s your favorite fast food for on the go? Granola bars, Z Bars, Breakfast Bars, cashews, oranges, bananas, cut up apples are all on Lizzy’s list of GOTO fast foods.

Fast Food doesn’t have to involve a Drive-Thru window.

Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to pull into McDonald’s because you like their coffee and grab a few overpriced bananas and apples for the kids to have as snacks? I’m just saying that it would be nice to have an option and for them to provide a true service, wouldn’t it?!

Morning banter

Rocking Thursday ride home. Walked the dog. No green smoothie. My blendtec is feeling lonely. Caffinated smoothie. 93F on the dash, lucky lucky. Weekend plans? Hike, long run, cooking a good meal. Cheeseless pizza, anyone? I really want to make this.