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Paul Adler

KY3 Ozarks Today

POSTED: 10:56 AM CDT Sep 25, 2013    UPDATED: 10:38 AM CST Jan 14, 2014 
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Thanks for joining us a on a fitness journey. I've spent my life working hard to stay in shape and made a number of mistakes along the way.  So, I'm here to share what I've learned over the years-- and tap the minds of some of the best in fitness to learn what's new.

Our goals are simple. We want to make this a place where you can find the exercise that works for you, learn how to avoid injury and we'll dish up the latest on nutrition.

As for my passion, it's running. Here's an essay I wrote about that passion. I called it, "The Unpredictable Rhythm of Running."

5.97 that's when I knew.  The watch read 5.97 miles. Mick sang, "I was born in a cross-fire hurricane." The run had turned around.  My brain was awash in those chemicals of happiness... and for a brief few moments, I felt detached from reality and invincible.  Running was effortless. The day was bright and beautiful.

The run definitely didn't begin this way. It started out as more of a drowned, washed up and left for dead type of run (my apologies to the Stones).  You know this kind of day. Your legs feel like they need oil. You look at the watch and think, "oh, okay... I've gone a mile and I'm beat." You look at the time and you are slow. You focus on each and every step. The doubts creep in. Hmmm... I am getting older. Maybe, I'm done.  But, being a runner, you just run. One mile becomes two and I'm into a podcast listening to Keith Richards talk about how he writes songs. Then, I'm thinking about the first time I heard "Under My Thumb" and "Honky Tonk Woman."

There's a certain unpredictable rhythm to running. If you've laced up your sneakers for a few years you know what will increase your odds of hitting your stride quicker. I know if I walk out the front door hungry, my mood will be blue and my feet will trudge out a heavy drumbeat.  It's a lesson, I seem to relearn every 4 months or so.

It also helps to develop a certain timing-- or time of day. For me, it's get up, go to work, grab a quick lunch and hit the streets mid-day. The body seems to respond to the repetition and the familiar. If you run in that pattern,  you know how a shift of a few hours can play with your body like a sour note.

And sleep, oh sleep. If you've ever read a running magazine, you've seen ads for supplements that promise to boost performance and make you stronger, faster and leaner.  I don't know if that kind of magic really comes in a pill. But, I do know that a sleep deprived run won't have you doing a mambo at the end of the day. Shut-eye is the magic antidote to a bad run. Unfortunately, I know way too much about sleep deprived running (look for the book).

The other day, that feeling of elation hit at 2.83 miles. Who knew it would hit right then?  A friend of mine recently mentioned that if you could formulate a recipe to predict that runner's "high" consistently you would be rich. But, most of us seem to be one hit wonders. We cruise into it at 2.34 one day and it takes until 6.21 the next time out.  Then, there are the days you just hang in and get 'er done. As Mick and Keith might sing, 'You can't always get what you want, but, if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need."

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