Author: Lisah Hamilton

Finding the Motivation to Start After a Long Break

Everyone has to start somewhere. Whether you’re coming back from injury or coming back from a planned break, you’ve got to start somewhere. Some of us start back with a few miles, some of us start back with a combination of walking and running and others of us start back one block at a time. Lately, I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to lace up the shoes and hit roads. It’s in part because other interests have stepped forward and in part because of all the snow and ice we’re getting in the northeast. But I know, come...

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Are You Addicted to Your MP3 Player?

I used to think if I listened to music while running it would be a distraction, but was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t. Not only did my pace not slow down while listening to my iPod, it made it easier to speed up. So I wasn’t surprised when I read that research confirmed the benefits of exercising to upbeat music. In a study by Porcai and colleagues, volunteers listened to music of varying tempos while working out on stationary bicycles. The researchers found that the volunteer’s heart rates, pedaling speed and power outputs increased as the music tempo increased....

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Running and the Indelible Planes of Motion

In an effort to recover from the back pain that has pushed me to near insanity and let serious injury be a thing of the past, I have been scouring the internet for information on what I need to do to lessen/eliminate the chance of getting this or any other injury again. I have come across several sites that I am confident will help me in achieving just that. It was through Coach Jay Johnson’s  blog (which I have been completely enjoying) that I was re-introduced to the three planes of motion. I vaguely remember hearing about the planes...

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If Running Isn’t Fun, Why Are You Doing It?

In March, 2003 I participated in the World Cross Country championships in Lausanne Switzerland. I represented the US Virgin Islands in the long course (8K). This was my first World Cross Country championship and I was excited about it. It was such an honor to be on the starting line with the likes of Deena Kastor and other greats. Because the Virgin Islands had such small representation (I was the only female), I shared my starting gate with a couple of other countries with small representation. One of the women in the gate with me with me was from...

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Consciously Breaking the Barrier of Self-Imposed Limitation

“A thousand fearful images and dire suggestions glance along the mind when it is moody and discontented with itself. Command them to stand and show themselves, and you presently assert the power of reason over imagination.” –Sir Walter Scott Are you your worst enemy? Have you ever allowed fear to prevent you from doing something you wanted to do, or going somewhere you wanted to go? You know what I’m talking about, that knot in your stomach that starts to form shortly after the excitement of dreaming big. Unfortunately, many of us have given fear the power to hold us...

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The Most Harrowing Night of My Life

“You are stronger than you know.” ― Lori Osterman It was September 17, 1989, 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and I remember it like yesterday. My sister and I were playing in the back yard with umbrellas. We were pretending to ride the wind like Mary Poppins. We had survived many hurricanes before and didn’t think much of this one. The house had already been boarded in preparation for the storm and the refrigerator, freezer and cabinets stocked with goods. Candles, matches, flashlights and bottled water were also ready for use. As the day progressed, the wind became stronger...

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I’m not crazy….My Journey through OCD

I was scared to click the publish button on this article. I wasn’t sure I was ready to publicly reveal this part of myself. I’ve been contemplating it over the past week, but then thought…. if my story could help just one person, it would be worth it. I want to dedicate this article is to all those who have experienced fear and anxiety or are living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 🙂 “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere” – Erma Bombeck Getting dressed in the morning sounds simple, but...

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