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  • Not a Piece of Meat! Not a Piece of Meat! We all have feelings and we all have emotional states. Some are just more difficult to notice than the others, because – as humans – we have invented a number of ways to hide our feelings and keep our emotions in check.
  • Give Us Hope! Give Us Hope! As Robert F. Kennedy said in 1966 – although he wasn’t really the author of the quote - “May you live in interesting times.” Well, he had no idea what “interesting” truly means, since no one in the 1960s could possibly imagine the fun and excitement ...
  • The Devil Inside The Devil Inside But the physical deterioration is not even the worst part of it all! You know what is? The voice! Yes, that voice that used to quietly suggest: “Skip a day, no need to run today – can simply do it tomorrow” or “Hey, you ran enough already, ok to ...
  • A Mexican Standoff A Mexican Standoff Before I knew it, I ran directly into the midst of their family procession, and I could tell right away that the Father Goose was not happy about my surprise appearance, as he quickly jumped in front of the pack to face me man-to-man.
  • The Final Shock The Final Shock Well, I finally remembered why I fell in love in the first place. With running, that is. Why I truly got hooked, despite the fact that it has always been unnatural and extremely difficult for me.
  • Gluteus To The Max Gluteus To The Max Let’s agree on one indisputable fact – everything in the world, throughout our entire history, only happens because of women. It is only because of women that new things get invented, wars are fought, and arguments take place and get resolved.
  • A Shot of the Good Stuff A Shot of the Good Stuff Ask any dedicated runner why they run, and they will most certainly tell you that running improves their health, keeps them in shape and overall just makes them feel better. And while most of these statements are
  • Lying To Myself Lying To Myself How do you get back to action after a 3-month break? How do you regain the level of activity and build yourself back up after largely hibernating since the late part of 2015? Getting back into a cardio routine after taking time off is so intimidati...
  • A Place Beyond A Place Beyond There is nothing more captivating and truly beautiful than the ocean sunrise, being there to watch the sun peak above the endless horizon. No matter who and where you are in this world, it is worth getting up early at least once to be a part of this...
  • The Good, The Bad and The Awesome The Good, The Bad and The Awesome Each step is filled with unimaginable pain, like a sharp knife cutting deep into the foot, again and again. I force myself not to think about the miles I still have yet to cover...
  • As Real As It Gets As Real As It Gets I will not feed into the whole argument of whether or not Bruce Jenner is a woman or Caitlyn Jenner is a former man, etc. That discussion can go on for ages and, ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer, but rather simply a matter of perspectiv...
  • There Can Only Be One There Can Only Be One Throughout history, many rivalries have greatly fascinated and captured our attention. Some are entirely trivial and insignificant, while others clearly transcend time, space and cultural differences.
  • Shake It Off Shake It Off As you step outside at 5 in the morning, the calm and silence are almost deafening, so profound that it seems the world is watching you closely.
  • Forever Free Forever Free Listen to me and I will tell you the truth. I will tell you the reason why people, men and women alike, are unhappy (at times), and the real underlying cause of all the problems in the world today.
  • The Burning Question The Burning Question Writing, or actually even thinking about this topic, makes my blood boil, makes my nose and other parts sweat and just in general raises my body temperature by a full degree.
  • Touched By The Cloud Touched By The Cloud I think it was Einstein that said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Well, I have always agreed with the old man, until recently, when I discovered a new and improved standar...
  • Was It All A Lie? Was It All A Lie? Well, slap me around and call me Susan! For a guy that consistently talks about consistency, I deserve the medal of Eternal Shame. In fact, I hear they are planning to put my picture up in the dictionary under 'Hypocrisy'.
  • Dancing With Oksana Dancing With Oksana At precisely 5:30 last Sunday morning, the entire Philadelphia area was hit with one of most incredible and powerful ice storms ever. Ice was literally falling from the skies, instantly sticking to the ground and practically forming one gigantic ice...
  • Adrenaline II or The Adventure with Teeth Adrenaline II or The Adventure with Teeth Precisely at 4:45 this morning, my 10-year-old screamed out: “Mom!!!!!!!”, calling on my wife to get up and fix his blankets. As she did not even move a muscle in response, I jumped up and ran over to him, taking care of business.
  • My Kind of Woman My Kind of Woman Now that for the first time in history a woman is in the race for the White House, pundits have started talking about the important issues, like her pantsuits and day-to-day hairstyles.
  • Dancing in the Street! Dancing in the Street! I sincerely wish I could convey this feeling to all of you – nothing short of incredible… The legs are heavy, yet just continue moving forward on their own and the upper body does not exist! I am serious, it feels as if the legs are just walking on ...
  • The Power of a Quickie The Power of a Quickie “You can’t always get what you want”, stated Mick Jagger and he was right on the money. It’s not often that we get exactly what we want, and - without much choice - we typically settle for less, for anything that at least gets us closer to that desi...
  • Angry Runner Angry Runner What a title! Everyone that knows me will tell you – I pretty much NEVER get angry and hardly ever raise my voice. How is it possible, you ask? Ah, long story; some psychologists will say that I am bottling it all up inside and one day will simply...
  • And Then The Tears Came And Then The Tears Came You must know the feeling very well... Your schedule, your days and your life overall just get packed more and more, get tighter and more complex, until it all just gets as bad as it could possibly get - or so you thought - because that's when the re...
  • Who Is That Man? Who Is That Man? What a magnificent experience this morning turned out to be! I am talking about a run, of course, not what you might be thinking… A quick rain that began and ended twice, as I went from complete darkness out on the street into the beautiful Sunday m...
  • Spontaneous Combustion Spontaneous Combustion I always tell myself that I will NEVER schedule or mentally prepare for a run before it actually takes place – if it happens when I wake up, so be it; if it doesn’t – it’s all good! As you know, I believe in spontaneity and strongly feel that it del...
  • Travels in History Travels in History “If you could fight any historical figure, who would it be?”….. “I’d fight Ghandi.” Tyler Durden speaking with himself…
  • The Moment of Truth The Moment of Truth It all started with a planned trip to a nearby strip club, scheduled for some time in the middle of the night. What could be better? Relaxing for a short while and forgetting about all the earthly worries and troubles, hanging out with friends and ...
  • That One Look That One Look I must say, we – runners – are one crazy bunch, and the 5-AM-Running variety of runners is particularly disturbed and basically unglued. There must be something wrong with a person that enjoys running around on the streets in the middle of a night, ...
  • The Lone Witness The Lone Witness As I walked back upstairs, I felt my entire body give way to an incredible amount of pain and distress, with every bone, joint and muscle aching beyond belief. What a way to start the Doomsday Friday, very fitting for what they claim will be the las...
  • It's All About a Moment It's All About a Moment As we get older and more mature (in some cases), things change quite a bit. We realize that making plans is not an exact science, that events often times take their own course and we should simply adjust accordingly. And then there are those extrem...
  • True Motivation True Motivation Contrary to what you may believe and despite what you may have heard in the media, I don’t run every day, because quite simply – I am a slacker. Well, it is a bit more complex than that, there are other external factors that determine my........ run...
  • Weight On My Shoulders Weight On My Shoulders I want to tell you the truth. I have nothing to gain by telling you all this, just feel like sharing a bit. At times, this need to share goes away and becomes somewhat muffled in the hustle and bustle of what we call everyday's life. But then I se...
  • The Greatest Mystery of All The Greatest Mystery of All Ah, the good old days! It wasn’t that long ago that as I stepped outside at 5 o’clock each morning, I was always the only one crazy enough to be out there, enjoying the solitude and the utter peace of the early hour. Not so, not anymore – in the wo...
  • The Animal Side The Animal Side This is probably one of the most amusing and entertaining things I’ve read about in the recent times, and of course as an avid advocate of anything related to real weight loss and cardio exercise, I couldn’t keep quiet much longer! Let’s get right t...
  • Pros and Cons Pros and Cons How can you tell it’s going to be a blazing-hot day? Easy – step outside at 5 AM and you will feel the fire! Which is exactly what happened as I jumped outside this morning, hoping to get my run in before the sun came out and really did some seriou...
  • The Last Bucket The Last Bucket In my most recent display of utter insanity, this morning I actually woke up and headed directly outside – no getting dressed, no bathroom stops, do not pass GO, do not collect $200 – straight out! Once outside, something told me that I wasn’t even ...
  • Tips for Doing More Cardio Through Running Tips for Doing More Cardio Through Running Getting into a regular running routine is by far one of the best ways to stay in shape. After all, running on a regular basis is a wonderful form of cardiovascular exercise, which will not only keep you in shape, but will also improve your heart heal...
  • Losing Belly Fat Through Running Losing Belly Fat Through Running Running is considered as the one of the most effective cardio workouts by many people around the world. Millions of them follow running as a hobby to look good, feel good and lose weight.
  • About a Woman About a Woman As I awakened at my regularly-insane early hour this morning, I suddenly recalled that today was in fact March 8th, also known as the Women’s Day in most corners of the civilized world. I have always found it strange and even somewhat offensive that...
  • When It Hits the Fan When It Hits the Fan I have to apologize to all of you in the most profound and sincere way possible. It is not often that I am wrong…. but whenever I am – I am always man enough to quickly express my apologies and take the blame. You know all that nonsense I have been...
  • No Two Snowflakes No Two Snowflakes I remember those times quite vividly. I hated the night-time, if only because I knew that it would take a miracle for me to fall asleep. I just couldn’t do it, no matter what. I would go to bed around 11:30 PM, dead-tired, in desperate need of a l...
  • King of the Road King of the Road I have to confess - it is quite rare that I experience sudden explosions of energy and power as I happened to discover this morning. Most of the time, the exhausting weekly schedule takes such a taxing toll that the process of awakening never really...
  • I Get On My Knees I Get On My Knees As I promised earlier this week, let’s talk about the knees and let’s talk about the damage they sustain when they belong to a crazy 5 AM Runner, or any runner for that matter. And what a perfect occasion to cover this topic – what I did to myself, ...
  • What Forrest Knew What Forrest Knew As I was driving home earlier today, I wanted to write a quick post about my knees hurting like crazy, and how, despite the pain, I still strongly disagree with the doctors and other people who suggest that running is bad for your knees. Hey, tell m...
  • The Windmills of Your Mind The Windmills of Your Mind We, runners, are perhaps one of the strangest species on the planet, to say the least. Is every runner out there as stubborn as I am? It definitely seems to be the case. For one thing, we don’t like to skip our scheduled running sessions – rain or...
  • To Walk in These Shoes To Walk in These Shoes I have received a lot of criticism as of late for constantly bringing attention to the amount of food I eat. In particular, some people are unhappy with the fact that I eat cakes and other baked goods for breakfast (and sometimes for lunch as well),...
  • Creature with the Blue Hand Creature with the Blue Hand I am telling you, I know exactly what most professional athletes feel like the night before the big event. The anticipation, the buildup, mental adjustments and razor-sharp focus – all fuse together creating the calm before the storm, something quit...
  • True Paradox True Paradox How incredible is this – I hate winters, but I truly LOVE running in the winter! Every year, I dreadfully await the arrival of November and then December, knowing full well that these are my least favorite months, generally speaking. I don’t know...
  • No More Mysteries No More Mysteries What could possibly stop me from running at 5 AM on January 1st? Well, let me see: * I have been sick as a dog for the last few days * A huge bottle of Grey Goose was taken care of to end 2011, as a result of which: * I have an incredible h...
  • True Revelations True Revelations One advantage of being a lonely Jewish boy out on the streets at 5 o'clock on Christmas morning - not a single car around, I mean not even one! Exception being a swarm of about 20 police cars flying by me at one point, disturbing the quiet perfectio...
  • World Gone Silent World Gone Silent Your average middle-class working man in Russia was not even thinking about lunch yet when I was out of the house this morning, looking to get some action…. I mean, cardio exercise! I will admit, it hasn’t been easy; last night I hit the pillow prec...
  • Letting Go of Fear Letting Go of Fear “But how could you live and have no story to tell?” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky.... Well, no, drinking coffee is not the main reason we wake up in the morning, despite what Folgers may suggest in their TV commercials. “The best part of waking up” for me, ...
  • The Comfort Zone The Comfort Zone As the famous song goes, we all fall down sometimes! And that’s all it was – a simple fall. Blood spilled, scars acquired, and guess what – life goes on. But I do appreciate all the sincere wishes and sympathy notes, I’ve received quite a few and,...
  • Invent Yourself Invent Yourself “I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.” - Henry Rollins.
  • The Bloody Trail The Bloody Trail I often get asked if all the stories are real and true, or if I am simply making stuff up as I go along… From what I can tell, I have a pretty weird imagination and could probably come up with some fairly entertaining material, if I actually needed t...
  • Non-Stop Action Non-Stop Action I was preparing to write a bit more on the previous topic of acceptable breakfast foods, when something briefly caught my attention and reminded me of yet another fantastic topic well worth exploring. I was actually driving around in search of inspi...
  • The Sweet Life The Sweet Life Happy Thanksgiving to all, I wish everyone a great time at the feast today / tonight and I only hope that each and every one of us will get a chance to completely unplug and enjoy themselves, to completely relax, have a drink or two (or three) and fo...
  • Why Does It Have To End? Why Does It Have To End? Each given morning we awaken to brand new opportunities, brand new chances to live our lives anew, to finish the things we failed to complete yesterday. We are given a fresh start and no matter how complex or entirely unsolvable our problems appeare...
  • The Lonely Road The Lonely Road I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this in the past, but running is a lonely man’s game, at least it has been for me. For some odd reason, I have never been able to run with a training partner… could it be due to my somewhat unusual hours of operati...
  • It's Never Easy It's Never Easy Believe me, even after all this time it's still not easy, not ever! But I guess that's the whole point, isn't it. You hear stories of runners, and athletes in general, being able to run for hours without getting tired... I have now been a runner fo...
  • Just An Excuse Just An Excuse The early snow this year seems to have caught a lot of people off-guard - and I absolutely love it! I actually wait all year long for this and I have no idea why! Oh, wait, that's not true - I do know why. Somehow being able to run in the snow mak...
  • Something's Gotta Give Something's Gotta Give Something quite irregular has been happening with me lately, a sudden unexpected influx of energy and activity.... I have always been physical and somewhat active, but this..... Here is how it went yesterday morning, if I may stay as close to the chr...
  • Exercise in Futility Exercise in Futility Gotta love this quote: "The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
  • My Own Worst Enemy My Own Worst Enemy I feel totally ashamed, disheartened and overall just humiliated - just read the story of Amber Miller, the woman who ran in the Chicago Marathon, completed it and then moments later gave birth to a baby-daughter! Amber happened to be 39 or 40 weeks...
  • The Mysterious Lights The Mysterious Lights It has been nearly 6 hours, and yet I still feel the after-shocks of this experience. What a rush! You may recall that I have been anticipating Yom Kippur, which always provides an excellent opportunity for me to punish and push myself beyond all a...
  • Craving The Challenge Craving The Challenge First and foremost, my most sincere shout out to Steve Jobs – what an incredible mind and what a tremendous loss for mankind! The man was a true genius and I can’t believe he is gone… Makes me wonder sometimes why it is that a man like Jobs is only ...
  • Why You Should Never Diet Why You Should Never Diet I am sure it will come as no surprise, but let me just say it anyway - everything you know about diets, everything you have followed over the years, every single thing you have attempted in order to lose weight - it has ALL been completely wrong. Al...
  • May As Well... May As Well... We hear of people protesting by refusing to eat, drink or sleep. Some people are refusing to speak as a sign of protest -which in some cases is truly beneficial to the society in general. Here I just read about a bunch of people in Utah who decided...
  • Organized Mayhem or Sleepless Thoughts Organized Mayhem or Sleepless Thoughts I sincerely hate Alec Baldwin! Don't get me wrong - the man is one of the finest actors of our generation, and I do admire his talent. And it will come as no surprise that my wife loves him with all her soul and, in fact, only agrees to hang out ...
  • You Can Run, But You Can't Hide! You Can Run, But You Can't Hide! From time to time I get questions sent to me. Some arrive by email, some via comments. Some via Facebook messages, some via post feedback. Some questions make more sense than others and then some other ones actually raise interesting points, promp...
  • Just Call Me! Just Call Me! Just read a very intriguing report issued by the Duke University Medical Center, in which they compared the effectiveness of cardio exercises (such as running, jogging, etc.) and weight training when it comes to achieving weight loss. The study they...
  • Running Up The Steps... Running Up The Steps... Have I ever mentioned this before - I consider one of the greatest benefits of running that I get to be alone with my thoughts, get a chance to completely unplug and let my mind run free and unrestricted. In today’s world, where you hardly ever get ...
  • The Run of Fame The Run of Fame It was bound to happen eventually, strictly speaking – it was only a matter of time. They had no choice, they simply had to recognize it one way or the other, either directly or indirectly, but of course, never, not even for a moment did I ever drea...
  • They Wouldn't Stand a Chance! They Wouldn't Stand a Chance! I just read a report from the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, in which they claim that our generation is sleeping on average 20 percent less than our great-grandparents. With all due respect, I don’t believe that this report is enti...
  • Cool Happenings Cool Happenings "Everything is funny, as long as it is happening to someone else" - Seinfeld...... Happy upcoming Labor Day to all! Given this long weekend off, I felt encouraged and empowered to put together a string of super-dedicated running sessions. And of c...
  • Fear or Hesitation? Fear or Hesitation? “Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.” - Bohdi, “Point Break”. I couldn’t have said it better myself! If you truly fear something, it will come to hurt you in the most peculiar way and when you least ex...
  • Forget the Rules! Forget the Rules! Something hit me late yesterday evening. No, it wasn’t my wife, or even my 13-year-old, whose punches now hurt. It was the realization that I have fallen into the very trap that I myself have been warning everyone to avoid! I have become complacen...
  • A Deal With The Devil... A Deal With The Devil... What a life - truly a great time to be alive! Between all the earthquakes, hurricanes, storms, land-slides and other forms of major calamities, there is hardly ever a day of peaceful rest, a time of tranquility. But then again, has there ever been ...
  • Left All Alone....Again! Left All Alone....Again! She packed her bags, picked up the kids and walked out of the house, without looking back… As I saw her car driving away, I asked myself this question again and again – “Why!?” And with that, she was gone…
  • Courage to Try Courage to Try Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste death but once. - Julius Caesar What is it that makes us individuals, makes us unique?
  • The Prince of Lightning The Prince of Lightning Considering how much fat, protein, carbohydrates, alcohol and all the other trash I have consumed since Friday – hey, it was my kid’s birthday, which somehow spilled over into Saturday as well – I knew that running on Sunday morning would not exactly...
  • Till The Sparks Fly! Till The Sparks Fly! It is a well-known and documented fact that I crave an opportunity to punish my body, constantly creating new ways to shock and amaze it into keeping the weight off. Sure, I realize there are better and easier ways of doing it, but what can I say – ...
  • The Night Before The Night Before Please trust me on this one. Your old buddy, the 5 AM Runner, has been through them all. It is 11 PM, and I am simply done – drunk, exhausted, drained, entirely emptied out, both physically and emotionally….
  • Bolting Away Bolting Away I think this guy is basically super-human, he has to be! No, really, the whole world is now talking about this man, Usain Bolt – what a name, by the way – as he seems to have broken all the possible records that ever existed in the sport of running ...
  • Dedication, Commitment... Or Lack Thereof.... Dedication, Commitment... Or Lack Thereof.... It is interesting and peculiar that running is not that well recognized in the U.S., although it is perhaps the most effective form of exercise. It is perceived as difficult and even potentially damaging, so most people choose to stick to safer form...
  • Adrenaline - Keeps You on the Edge! Adrenaline - Keeps You on the Edge! Lately, I have been reading up on the issue of numerous athletes being accused of taking controlled substances, performance-enhancers, you name it, all aimed to do one thing and one thing only - maximize his or her physical performance for a brief pe...
  • The Sprinting Game The Sprinting Game As you may remember, the last time around I was too devastated and exhausted, having traveled through the eye of the storm, to write about the very topic that had initially been on my mind. But a promise is a promise - even if you are a morning-run ...
  • Scrubbing The New Way Scrubbing The New Way I was recently watching "Nurse Jackie" with my wife (I admit - she made me watch it), and I was amazed at the fact that I never actually paid attention to what the characters on this, and other similar shows actually wear.
  • One Crazy Trip One Crazy Trip Wow, what a morning so far! I will tell you, yesterday I thought about writing today's post to address the topic of sprinting at the end of any cardio stretch, what it does and just how good or bad it may be. However, having survived a hell of a mo...
  • Love Your Neighbor! Love Your Neighbor! It makes no difference to me, even if it is my neighbor, whom I really like and with whom we chat all the time. Does not matter! And he should know better!
  • The Powerful Prince The Powerful Prince No, I am not talking about Prince William or that other prince in the same royal family, nor am I talking about The Artist Formerly Known as one.....
  • For The Love of It! For The Love of It! I have asked this of many runners and athletes, and I have to agree. How can I love and enjoy something as difficult and as punishing as open-road cardio, a.k.a. running?!
  • Father's Day Present! Father's Day Present! What's the best present a father can expect on this Father's Day weekend? Some say a smart phone, some say a collection of golf clubs.... To me, a card from my 10-year old, mentioning ....
  • Sleepless in Seattle...Or In Langhorne, PA Sleepless in Seattle...Or In Langhorne, PA As Bud Fox once said, "Life all comes down to a few moments." Well, this is clearly NOT one of them, but it certainly affected me in a unique way.
  • Early Episodes or It Is Early Yet... Early Episodes or It Is Early Yet... This one will be slightly different, as I'd like to cover a lot of ground, without tiring out my already tired readers.
  • Take a Breath... It Helps! Take a Breath... It Helps! OK, let's talk about what really matters, and what really stops so many people from enjoying running, or any serious cardio for that matter.
  • The Psychology of It All... The Psychology of It All... Before I get to the topic at hand - which, as you probably deduced from the title, deals with the mental aspect of cardio and running in particular - let me start with a quick preamble.
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside! Baby, It's Cold Outside! "Baby, It's Cold Outside" were the words Frank Loesser used in his pop standard, and I believe he was referring to our current weather today!
  • Run vs. Sleep – Can You Win? Run vs. Sleep – Can You Win? Oh, how much I hate that feeling, when you first open your eyes, and you know that you set your mind on running first thing in the morning…
  • More Myths, More Stories… More Myths, More Stories… Everyone wants to be able to run long distances. It’s the ultimate sign of achievement and a true test for wannabe marathon runners.
  • Watch Where You Are Running! Watch Where You Are Running! I don't care what anyone says - walking and running are simply two best ways to stay in shape all year long. Barring any excuses...
  • What Comes First... A Cloud What Comes First... A Cloud Given the fact that I am not extremely intelligent, often times I allow myself to get dragged into some rather complicated discussions and debates, on all sorts of topics, ranging from fitness, cardio and general health issues to politics and the pri...
  • It Almost Happened It Almost Happened I felt it early this morning, as I woke up around 4:30, sensing it immediately. The disease setting in, slowly taking control, grabbing more and more of me.
  • Running Hot Running Hot Welcome to the summer, officially! Even if the weather-gurus get it wrong by a couple of degrees, the winter clothing is gone and forgotten!
  • Getting a Bit Peaceful... Getting a Bit Peaceful... Having been somewhat confused about the weather lately, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect this morning - they have been promising us early spring, and so we have all gotten burned by the promise, freezing our butts off!
  • Black Friday – Run or Drive….? Black Friday – Run or Drive….? Another early-morning wake up, although the one today had entirely different goals and implications – shopping like we do only once a year!
  • Getting Me Fired Up.... Getting Me Fired Up.... And that's not an easy thing to accomplish, I am normally so relaxed and uninvolved. So what if someone disagrees with my point of view? That's fine, everyone is entitled to an opinion...
  • Runnin’ Down A Dream Runnin’ Down A Dream I am running faster than I ever have in my entire life, and not a sound, not a whisper around me... A familiar to me darkness envelops the street, as I am racing down to the next corner, not even breathing hard, trying to figure out how I am managing...
  • Back In The Saddle Again Back In The Saddle Again After a minor setback yesterday morning, I woke up outside again. No, no, my wife did not throw me out just yet; I meant to say that I woke up during my 5 AM run once again, as nature intended.
  • Too Late To The Party? Too Late To The Party? I was late again for my "normal" 5 AM Run this morning, mostly due to the fact that I have to send off my son to middle school amazingly early, and unless I get up way before 5 o'clock, there is no way I can make it.
  • The Extra Mile The Extra Mile Before I get to the topic at hand, let me just say that whoever announced the beginning of spring is a liar, it was freezing cold again this morning, as I headed out at 4:50 AM - with 10 minutes to spare - and I immediately regretted not putting on m...
  • Back in Action Back in Action It felt good to hit the ground running again, having been "sidelined" for a few days due to some sort of a mystical, life-threatening disease. For nearly a week, I couldn't see, eat, move, think, but most importantly, breathe!
  • Stay Flat - It Works Stay Flat - It Works People want to know why I consider running on flat surfaces so crucially important, and why I consider running up- and down-the-hill virtually suicidal.
  • Is It Too Warm to Warm Up?! Is It Too Warm to Warm Up?! Oh man, how nice it feels to have the warm weather back! No more bulky sweat-shirts, hats, gloves, and all other kinds of equipment that adds anywhere up to 80 lbs to my already massive frame! The spring is here (pretty much), YES!
  • The Philosophy of It All The Philosophy of It All As I was feverishly working on updating my website’s title to ’6 AM Runner’ (to account for the Daylight Time change), I have come to yet another realization, another reason why...
  • The Excitement of the Oscars The Excitement of the Oscars It may surprise people to know my favorite show is the Oscars. The Oscars are really known as one of the most watched, yet more...
  • A Sign From Above A Sign From Above I admit, not quite at 5 am, actually closer to 6, but I still made it out of the house, my head pounding from lack of sleep, my legs weighing a ton each, filled with...
  • Snack On This Snack On This I have received a great deal of comments about my Grapefruit post a few weeks back, some in support of my grapefruit admiration, and some in opposition of it -
  • The Fruit of Labor The Fruit of Labor I was looking over the latest email I received from the “Men’s Health Magazine”, suggesting that I try their newest, revolutionary diet, which...
  • Everyone Wants To Be Like Mike! Everyone Wants To Be Like Mike! It is quite incredible! Just as I completely remove meat from my diet, the rest of the world decides to follow along…
  • Morning Fever Morning Fever I have no idea why I went out to run that morning… A move of complete and utter craziness on my part, having spent a sleepless night with high fever, getting up at 3:30 AM…
  • The Warrior’s Complex The Warrior’s Complex I must confess that to me fitness, exercise, running, and all other related topics have always been more of a mental than a physical issue.
  • Down on My Knees! Down on My Knees! Having survived a drinking session and staying up late to watch Mark Zuckerberg on SNL, I nearly became a 7 AM Runner...
  • Playing Chicken in the Snow! Playing Chicken in the Snow! Just another funny (in retrospect) episode to share with my continuously growing audience. As everyone already knows, and as the name above suggests, I run pretty early in the day...
  • Eat More Carbs - Lose More Weight?! Eat More Carbs - Lose More Weight?! It is amazing how many people actually generalize their understanding of how eating may affect their weight, shape and form.
  • Cold & Sharp Cold & Sharp Having taken a couple of days off, for various reasons (mostly BS excuses), I found myself back in action at 5 AM this morning! Of course, the first most initial reaction - oh my!
  • Back to Metabolism! Back to Metabolism! Just read a new piece on Metabolism, and the numerous things they suggest we do in order to speed up our burn-rate....
  • The Meat of the Matter The Meat of the Matter As the memory of 2010 slowly evaporates into the channels of history, I am trying to stay true to some of my "resolutions", well, not exactly resolutions, more like...
  • Bark Worse Than the Bite Bark Worse Than the Bite As a runner, I realize that I will always have a complicated relationship with dogs, as I typically move fast enough to look like a toy to them...
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