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Nope, nothing like the special kind of endorphins only running can supply!! Motivation lulls happen to the best of us so in those times, take these thoughts as reason to put those two legs of your to work think of this:
* I WILL heal. And when I do I won’t take my running for granted. I’m going to do the work now so my transition back to running will that much better!
Unless you are stuck with fins, My Friends, take advantage of those runner legs!
1) What is something you tell yourself to give you a kick of motivation when you need it?
2) What is your go-to cross-training when you cant run?
3) Do you like to swim?
Nope, hate the water. If I’m injured and in the pool it’s like the double-dipping of p*ssed-off runner ‘tude.
I love running, but what I DON’T love is running in the cold. Truthfully, I don’t harbor ANY fantasies for a white Christmas (or any day for that matter) for the sheer fact that running outside in the snow, in the cold, in the windy, etc. is not cool. Winter is pretty in a snow globe when when you’re a runner actually out there in that flurry…it aint pretty.
When winter comes around, I layer up, and then do all I can to manage the nose situation… I present my latest Runner’s Strip Cartoon Movie Short: “Cold Weather Running”
I hope you’re packing tissues or hands are as fleet as your runner feet!
Children with runner parents put up with a lot. Mom and Dad head out early for their weekend long runs. Dinnertime table talk could err on the side of TMI compared to other families… “God, I have the WORST chaffage right HERE…” And then there are the runner foods that consume the cupboards.
Enter my latest Runner’s Strip Cartoon Movie Shorts: “Recess Snack Swap” Don’t get me wrong, kids that have runner parents are INSANELY lucky. They have role models that show just how much fun exercise and fitness can be, that adopting healthy habits will make you happier and more productive in other areas of life. Kids that watch their parents set and strive for running goals witness first had how powerful hard work and dedication are. But, Mom and Dad, try to keep in mind Chocolate flavored GU’s don’t go for very much on the playground black market.
Kids with runner parents are much more likely to become self-motivated and persistent individuals themselves. And hey, if they wind up runners themselves…even better!! #spreadtheaddiction
For more Runner’s Strip Cartoons…go HERE!
Running a hard workout or race takes a LOT of lying to yourself. “I SWEAR it’s the last repeat!”
“Just make it ONE more mile…”
“I promise it won’t hurt THAT much.”
Hey, if it takes a little self-deception to push through to the end, then so be it, right?!
My latest Runner’s Strip Movie Short: “A Runner’s Mid-Workout Mental Twitter” [Here is the embedded version to give you a preview but it's tough to read...click link BELOW to view larger.]
Here’s to all those lies that get us through the runs, workouts, and races!!
Posts on MENTAL TOUGHNESS
Posts on RACE TIPS
More Runner’s Strip!
1) Share a bit of mental Twitter Chatter you might have mid-workout.
2) Do you share about your running on social media sites? Which ones?
3) Best trick that you use to stay mentally tough?
Every runner has been there. They’re just running along, not taking up too much space on the sidewalk, when BAM…they meet the sidewalk hog!!! Walkers going five wide, a dog-owner with about 200 feet of leash slack, packs of people paying no attention to the fact that you, a runner, are in fact trying to pass through.
I hope you enjoy my latest Runner’s Strip Cartoon Movie Short:
May all your running paths be unimpeded…but if not…
In case you missed my FIRST Runner’s Strip Cartoon Moving Short, you can find it HERE.
Stuck in a ‘meh’ mood? Get a kick in the running motivation pants HERE.
1) Do you try to say something if you’re coming up on people from behind?
I try the loud cough first.
2) Ever been full on tripped by some sidewalk hogs?
3) When the tables are turned, if you’re walking your dog or something are you mindful of other runners?
I’m aiming to corner the market for running Saturday morning cartoons. Well, not quite. But I DO have my first actual animation for you guys. This goes out to all those crazy, up-before-the-rest-of-the-world morning runners. Hey, gotta do what we gotta do!
1) What time do you usually run?
2) What’s the earliest you’ve gotten up to get your run on?
A runner’s brain is hard-wired for work and dedication. Numbers as benchmarks, goals we hold steadfast too. A runner’s mind is a powerful weapon. We see obstacles not as impossible but merely as challenges.
It’s fun to watch new runners ‘transform’ into one of us, one of us ‘crazies’. Eventually there comes the day where they scratch their head and say, “I used to dread this stuff, but now I go crazy if I DON’T run!”
Running is infectious.
Confidence. That is the big one. Self-esteem comes from knowing you are STRONGER than most. Stronger than most non-runners even care to bother wondering if they could handle. We push our own limits.
Eventually runners see our own physicality different. We are not just ‘things’ to look at, our bodies, our legs, our arms, our glutes, our core is a vehicle for DOING.
This running infection, it percolates into every pore, oozes into our ‘real life’, makes us more resilient for all of life’s other tests.
Life will test us. But when you’re a runner you’ve been there, been tested plenty. You’re concrete hard and will PERSEVERE through anything.
1) What physical body part are you most proud of?
2) What personality trait are you proud of that has grown stronger through running?
3) Running seeps into all of life’s other areas, my friends make fun of me when….[finish the sentence]
I do my funny lunges and squats in front of the house after my run.
It’s safe to say I’m probably a runner more than just three times over, but tonight we’re keeping it at three.
I run because it keeps me sane. If I don’t I get withdrawals and turn into a horrible monster. Does that make me addicted?
I also run because, let’s face it, eating like a runner is SOOOO worth it.
Running will make you smile…but it will also make you grimace. It’s the sick joy us runners get in pushing ourselves. Pain brings rewards: PR’s. And they’re worth is.
We’re runners more than three times over, but see, there are just too many reasons to list why running makes us feel so stinking good.
Find more cartoonage HERE.
Find nutrition tips for runners HERE.
Find racing tips HERE.
1) What’s a caption you could fit to this picture? If you’re a runnerdude, then we’ll pretend there’s no ponytail.
2) What food do you most often dream of during those long runs?
3) If you could describe the face you make heading towards the finish line, what would it be?
Cartoonist Michael Kupperman is, as we all know one of the world’s funniest humans. Tales Designed to Thrizzle proves that. He’s also obsessed with Mark Twain, something also proved by Thrizzle. And now, he’s made a cartoon about Twain’s wacky adventures aboard a raft made of garbage, now available on Adult Swim. If you poke around on his Tumblr, you’ll also see some pretty hilarious outtakes of things that he couldn’t animate in the basic style used. Warning: Contains pants dropping.
Billy and Monster love going to school as they learn so much stuff like the different planets, counting to twenty-seven and spelling chewing gum. However, most afternoons, school get’s a bit boring and they both end up sleeping in class. At such moments Billy wishes he could be a Superhero!
If he was a superhero, Billy could save stray cats from trees, help old ladies across the street and make sure his class had a constant supply of chocolate. He could also count on Monster to confuse the bad guys with his fart powers!
One day at a fancy dress party, Billy and Monster come in contact with a thief whose been stealing people’s jewelry. Will they let him get away or will their superhero powers save the day?
In this funny book for kids, you will discover how fart powers can be used to conquer the forces of evil.
1) What challenge are you working towards?
2) What is a memorable horrible weather run you have?
3) How do you make it through really though moments in a run?
Tell myself to make it 5 minutes more…just keep going.
Funny words. It suggests that there was something wrong with the first invention something that needs fixing. I suppose that is true. When something isn’t working you should look for another way. You should fix the thing.
I began working on a new set of children’s books. I was hammering away at a story, trying to get something good down in order to illustrate it. Everything was flat. Nothing was working, nothing felt right. My characters were looking at me like I was crazy. They were all yawning! Try writing when your characters are shaking their heads!
It was then that I realized I was going about it all wrong. As an artist, I need to star with the art!!!! …the story would follow.
I sat with sketchbook in hand and began drawing little cartoons. One thing led to another and star was born! I will share more. This is a discovery for me. I will let you know how I make out in the days to follow!
The truth is the running is awesome, duh. It keeps me sane, and probably you too. But the fact of the matter is…
No, I am not dead…lol…I apologize for my sudden plummet into blog oblivion the last few weeks. I wound up with some broken arm bones that limited my typing to the hunt/peck method which left me typing at about 2 words per minute. Needless to say I had to be stringent with where I could put my time and wordage…into the paying gigs, I’m sorry, Blog. But I’m doing better and will try to not to leave you with so much [radio silence??]!
My ability to function as an individual relies quite heavily on my running. Perhaps more correctly my ability to function as a sane and friendly person does.
I like to run first thing, I try to not go out into normal society until after my run…more out of a courtesy. I’m pretty sure I’m grouchier. It’s because something IS wrong with me, there’s a bit missing. It’s my ‘fix’ of miles and endorphins.
So please, for the sake of yourself and everyone else, don’t speak to me until after my run. I promise that I AM a kind, engaging, and humorous person. The pre-run version of myself…we’ll just think of that as my ugly, evil, non-running twin.
There is an art to simultaneously running and farting. To be properly mastered, it takes an expert combination of selective muscle control and timing with your stride.
That said, there are few things more gratifying than running and letting go of that abominable bubble of gas in your intestines. The joy of letting one rip is only exponentially rewarding when you’ve been carrying along a potential GI disaster for miles, painfully holding back, but then realize that rather than a number 2 on your hands, the mounting, monster pain-ball was only…GAS!! Pit stop averted.
Go along and keep perfecting your running farts, Runners. Though, what separates the Lukes from the Yodas among is are the ones who can relax/contract/time during races and hard workouts without losing so much of a millisecond off their pace.
GI issues for runners addressed HERE and HERE.
2) Name a time when you thought it was going to be a nightmare number 2 episode while running but then realized it was just a big ball of gas…you can’t tell me the amount of relief you feel is nearly euphoric.
3) Do you have any shame letting a painful gas ball go while running? Do you hold back during certain times or in certain company?
Runners may have an odd way of expressing their affection for each other. But hey, if you’ve met your perfect match then they should totally get that being the ‘fart’ in this instance is a total compliment!
Bottom line: you know it’s a real match when you’re both out on a training run, one winds up injured or hurt, but their immediate response is, “Don’t stop the watch! Keep going, I’ll see you when you’re done!” #dontsacrificetherun
1) What are your favorite kinds of fartleks?
Maybe 3 minutes on two minutes off? Pyramid fartleks can be fun too.
2) Do you have a corny runner line like the one above?
3) If you’re on a run with other people and one is unable to keep going for whatever reason, what is your reaction?
But it’s the Rugburn produced motion comic Axe Cop — not the yet-to-premiere animated version that will debut in July as part of Fox’s ADHD adult animation block.
Whoa are you confused yet? Perhaps. But the bottom line is…there can not be too much Axe Cop. You’ll recall that the webcomic is written by 5-year-old Malachi Nicolle and drawn by 29-year-old Ethan Nicolle. Well that’s how old they were when this whole thing started—Malachi is now 9 year old. His maturing themes and concerns are not displayed in this short, which is based on “THE MOON WARRIORS” an early tale/
In the meantime, here’s a still from the Fox version.
Let’s be honest, shouldn’t runners ALWAYS have the right of way?
**I’ll put my disclaimer here at the onset so as to avoid any emails or comments reminding me about how important runner road safety is: ALL RUNNERS on the road need to be incredibly safe and conscientious of their surroundings. Awareness is imperative because most drivers not all drivers pay attention. I got hit by a car, it wasn’t fun, but I also know I wound up lucky because these accidents are far too common.
That said, I’ve professed my love of sarcasm and snarkidtude.
There should be a special kind of light that senses oncoming runners and automatically configures the stop lights accordingly. I mean they do it for fire trucks and ambulances, right?
If I started just putting this random sign up do you think people would mind? It’s not tagging, and I mean runners would sort of be a ‘friendly gang’ if it were considered as such anyways.
Alas, alas, where’s the respect? Apparently getting to their jobs, making it to Starbucks for their fix, and Driving Miss Daisy has got people too impatient to give every runner, every time, everywhere the right of way.
1) Ever had a driver actually stop to let you pass when the didn’t have to.
Actually the STRANGEST thing happened to me once running in Seattle. There was no enforced traffic signs on a road, I saw a bus coming so started to stop to let it pass by, but the driver caught my eye, put on the breaks, STOPPED, and waved me forward. It was surreal, I’m sure I could almost hear the passengers complain, but I waved a big thanks! Haha.
2) Do you do much of your running on the road and around traffic? How do you stay aware and safe?
3) Do you run with an iPod or music when you’re on the road?
No, but I never run with music
4) If I put up this sign how fast do you think other people would take it down?
On the flip side there is a difference between recovery and gluttony…haha. As with most all things in running and in life, it’s all about balance. Now, pass this runner the Pop-Tarts!
——- POST on fueling for races. POST with tips on runners eating out. POST on the importance of the 30-minute refuel window. POST on timing your fuel to best support your running performance.
You know the kind of feeling where your running shoes are staring up at you, two gaping black holes where your feet SHOULD be.
In case you ever need that extra shove out the door I introduce to you the latest line in running shoes. Other quotes include:
* Love me.
* Erase me.
* I see you.
* That pint will taste better earned.
* You can’t see any writing on a winner’s shoes.
Whatever your shoes are saying to you, don’t let them mock you. Shut them up. Put your feet in them and get running.
——- MOTIVATION posts.
1) What should be another quote/quip to add to our line or running shoes with sass?
2) What’s something you tell yourself if you’re lacking in the motivation department?
Remind myself that my own running guilt is NOT worth putting up with if I weenie out.
3) If we were to offer a line of spikes with writing on the soles, what should they read?
I think if we were to let people sharpie in some PR goals…just be ready to scratch out and re-sharpie.