A Little Bit of Running Inspiration

Firstly, apologies on the lack of posts recently. Between finding a place to live and working on a huge conference for work, saying I’ve been busy is a bit of an understatement. Thankfully I’ve found a wonderful condo closer to work that I move into next week so things should be setting down, and I should be posting more often.

Today’s post is about a story I had read previously, but delved into further after seeing a buzzfeed article on heartwarming/tear jerking moments at the ESPY Awards (ESPN’s yearly athlete and pop culture awards show). This story is inspirational not only to those who run, but is an amazing story of hope that will warm your heart.

Dick and Judy Hoyt’s son Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen in the brain at the time of his birth. Dick and Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a “normal” life. Instead they chose to fully immerse Rick in everyday normal activities, that many of us take for granted including swimming, sledding, and attending normal schools. They even had an interactive computer built for Rick that allows him to communicate, and this is where the start of the Hoyt’s racing career began. Rick and Dick started racing after Rick said he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident, and Dick ran the event while pushing Rick in his wheelchair. After this event, he told his father that ,”Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” Rick has been pushing him in marathons and triathlons ever since (34 years!) in a effort to and this year’s Boston Marathon was supposed to be their last. Now they’re running one more.

Check out the inspirational video

Learn more about Team Hoyt

Do you have any inspiring stories that have influenced you? 

My Favorite (Free!) Fitness Apps

Smartphones do it all. From mobile banking to shopping, it makes sense that there are now tons of apps available to help you reach your fitness goals and improve your physique. Here are a few of my favorites

1. Nike Training Club 

Only got 30 minutes to work out? This app will kick your you-know-what in 30 seconds flat. The app offers four types of workouts: Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong, and Get Focused, and these are available in both beginner mode, intermediate mode, and advanced mode. Word to the wise, these are tough workouts (the highest I do is intermediate, and even those workouts can leave me sore for days) so don’t feel discouraged if these workouts can be difficult to get through. Workouts are available in both 30 minute and 45 minute sessions. It’s available free on the Google App Store and Apple’s App Store.

2. PumpUp 

PumpUp is by far my favorite strength training app. It builds a workout for you based on the equipment you have available and the areas of your body you’d like to work. It offers interactive pictures and instructions for each workout move, and you can plan your workouts in advance. I use the free version of PumpUp, but there is a paid version available with vocal coaching (the free version is quiet). Currently PumpUp is only available on the Apple App Store, but it’s supposed to be coming soon for Android.

For paid apps I also enjoy Nike Plus ($2.99 available for both Apple and Android) which I use to track and pace my runs and CruiseControl ($4.99, only for Apple) which finds songs in your music library to match the pace you’re currently running, or want to run.

What fitness apps or techniques do you like to use?

June Running Playlist

Happy early Fourth of July! Although it’s supposed to be rainy, there’s nothing better than spending the 4th of July with friends and family. I’m looking forward to grilling out with my family and a party with friends later in the evening.

I’ve been trying to cut back on running long distances, as my right knee has been giving me issues in terms of pain while running. I’m hoping to avoid a trip to the doctor, so I’m upping my strength training.

As promised, here’s my top five June running jams

1. Till I Collapse- Eminem

An oldie but a goodie, this song is great for the tail end of a run. 

2. Bang Bang- will.i.am 

From the fabulous Great Gatsby soundtrack (which I honestly think was better than the movie itself), this song has a fun beat and a good pace for running

3. Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars

Every song by Bruno Mars is catchy and run-able.

4. I Don’t Feel Like Dancing- Scissor Sisters

The only issue with adding this song to your playlist is that you may end up dancing instead of running

5. Kickstart My Heart- Motley Crue

Every good running playlist needs an 80’s jam

What songs do you like to run to?