Virtual Community Fitness Club Notes

On Sundays, beginning January 1, 2017, we’ll post a workout at www.facebook.com/fortheloveofgo Here are some notes about what we’ll be posting and how to accomplish it! First step – find a spot where you can measure out a lap or a mile. Negley Elementary side lot – 6 laps is about a mile; Kyle Elementary back lot – 4 laps is about a mile; Barton or Wallace Middle School tracks – 4 laps is a mile. In your neighborhood, you might find a block (please watch for traffic) small enough to give you a lap that can be repeated (Haupt/Hartson/Fergus/Fairway in Plum Creek is an example). It might not be exact, but if you see a workout calling for 4 laps – count that as a mile; 6 laps – count that as 1.5 miles, etc. If you see a workout with “ins/outs” visualize 4 sides to your block or lap so you can do the workout. Or, mark with sidewalk chalk 1/4 mile if all you have is a straightaway. Don’t let this step hang you up. If you’ve got a park near where you live, find a walking route that will work for you and get started. Even if all you do is walk for 15 minutes in the beginning, you will be off the couch! Next step – set an alarm on your phone, calendar, with a friend! Create an accountability connection for yourself. Do you need to write it down? Do you need someone to call you? We suggest picking a set time each week you will do the workout. Final step – get off...

#GoMore2017

Let’s #GoMore2017 – together! We want to stay motivated together. You run or walk our races (make sure your profile is up to date on Athlete Guild‘s website so you can track your progress) and do our weekly Virtual Community Fitness Club workouts (posted on Sundays). We will collect names from the results of our races (off Athlete Guild’s website) and collect names from those of you who post that you did the VCFC workouts and draw for prizes! ~Find our races at www.fortheloveofgo.com/calendar You’ll find instructions here for getting set up or up-to-date on Athlete Guild’s website – Get Your Shoes on and Let’s Track! Watch for the Virtual Community Fitness Club posts starting January 1 at www.facebook.com/fortheloveofogo ~ Sometimes we’ll be rewarding participation and sometimes improvement. We’ll have prizes each quarter — bags, jewelry, race gear, food, etc. Are you in? #getyourshoeson...

I get by with a little help from my (fitness) friends

My mind is spinning this morning – overwhelmed by the group of kids and adults I call friends. Last night, just before Fitness Club, I learned that my dad was not doing well. He had gone in for an outpatient procedure, but experienced complications. There was nothing I could do about it (my sister is the amazing hospital-sitter and was already on her way to be with my mom and I am the worrying pacer who passes out at the mere thought of blood).  I had a full workout planned for Fitness Club and it would be too late to cancel or ask for a sub coach. As Fitness Club families arrived, I was greeted with hugs and a we’re-all-in-this-together-so-let’s-do-this excitement. What a treasure to be surrounded by a group of people who are compassionate and pull me when I want to just sit and worry! WHAT A NIGHT! I had promised the kids and adults a Halloween workout and told them to wear white. All participants were divided into 4 teams. Each team received a map with areas of activities circled, a list of activities they would find around the school grounds, and a marker for checking off what they accomplished. This was not a race, but they were encouraged to go through each activity quickly so they would have time to hit all 11 stations.  Thank you to Hege for coming early and helping me set up! The first stop was to run down, one at a time, and grab three glow necklaces, break them to start the glow, put them on, and then race back so...

Better Together Some More

Last night, at Fitness Club, we paired each person with another person. The pairs were then given instructions to stay together – running, jogging, walking – for 8 laps (this is a little more than a mile in the parking lot we use). Additionally, they had to go at conversation pace. All of the pairs were given 4 nonsense words or places and had to take turns telling a story connecting them together. Once they ran out of story, they could talk about anything else they wanted. I’ve written before that we are Better Together. Last night was this at the one-on-one level. Participants who are usually dragging feet, complaining something hurts (my hair, my toe, my stomach, my ankle) are smiling and actually jogging with their partner. The partners, who are usually sprinting to finish the workout, are actually smiling and coaching their partner. A couple of the pairs last night included a parent. I am careful not to pair a parent with their own child when we do any kind of team activity as this is difficult on both the parent and the child. I learned a long time ago that my own child isn’t a fan of my coaching until he learns the difference between coaching and parenting! When the pairs finished, there were accolades all around. Kids high-fiving kids, parents high-fiving kids (their own and others), praising each other in front of the group. What just happened there? I think in my head about these moments. Are we building future athletes or are we building future leaders? Are we building kids and adults who can...

Better together

On September 20, I got to work the timing table at one of the events for the Camp Gladiator Finals in Austin.  What stood out to me the most as I watched 6 rounds, with multiple waves each round, was the dedication of the people there that day.  Of course, the competitors are pushing their bodies and challenging themselves by deciding to compete.  But the best part, from my view, was the volunteers.  The event I was timing involved 4 down and back stretches on a football field, with specific functional displays on each straightaway (sand bag toss, shuttle, back pedal, bear crawl, etc.).  There were yellow-shirt volunteers everywhere, cheering and directing.  The other volunteers, in red shirts, were judges.  Here’s the coolest part of it all – each competitor had a judge assigned to them for whatever the functional challenge was.  Well, obviously, Jennifer, they are judges making sure the proper form is used! But wait, these judges would get down on the ground and do the exercise WITH the competitor when the competitor looked ready to give up.  And then, at the end, when there were stragglers, the judges would join in together DOING the exercise and CHEERING the person.  No one was left behind.  In many of these cases, the judges had NO IDEA who the person was. A group of friends went to a Crossfit competition on the same day.  The challenges can go on for a while, but people all over the place are cheering for the person competing.  No one is rushing the competitor to get done quickly, only to finish and finish...