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Life is Difficult…So “Never, Never, Never Give Up”

“Life is difficult”. I remember reading that first line of the book by M. Scott Peck The Road Less Travelled when I was about 18 years old. Peck’s premise was that once we realize this reality, we are not bound to the false notion that this life should be easy. Perhaps Naval Lieutenant Bradley Snyder understands this better than most. Snyder, who won gold last week in the Paralympic Games, was robbed of his vision while serving in Afghanistan twelve months ago. Yet the fact that his life suddenly became a lot more difficult has not deterred him from pursuing his dreams. [Read more…]

Have You Tried Pool Running? Great Workout!

poolIf you haven’t tried pool running, now is a great time to give it a whirl!  With the heat of summer upon us, a good pool workout can help you stay fit and cool at the same time.  I have had the Aqua Jogger for about 20 years, but you really don’t need one to run in the pool.  You can run without any device, or you can use a “noodle” that most kids use to play with in the water.  Many runners (Mary Decker Slaney and Joan Benoit Samuelson to name a few) have used water running to combat injury in the height of their training. In the water, running can be continued without the impact of the hard surface of the roads.  In fact, water running has an added workout benefit…resistance.  You can feel the resistance immediately, and because water pressure in a pool is 12 times greater than air pressure,  a pool provides two extremes at once–the resistance to stress the body, and the liquid density to protect it. [Read more…]