#FitGeekFriday 11: A Green Mushroom Appears!

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Welcome back to #FitGeekFriday, where FitGeeks from around the internet get together, share links, and talk about all kinds of awesomeness.

If you’re not familiar with link-ups and blog hops, they’re super simple: Use the “Add A Link” button below to leave a link to something awesome you wrote at your website, click into someone else’s links, comment, and make new friends! #FitGeekFriday is about bringing together the community of geekery-loving fitness junkies, so get out there and be social!

A Green Mushroom Appears!

Guys, I am absolutely stoked to introduce a new co-host for #FitGeekFriday: Void from A Green Mushroom. I’ve known Void for years now, talking everything from Final Fantasy to MMOs to fitness, running, and cycling. He’s an absolutely wonderful guy, and a major part of the online community where I spend my time.


He’s graciously agreed to partner with me to spread the love with #FitGeekFriday, so any link you leave at his place will end up here, and any link you leave here will end up there. After all, #FitGeekFriday is about community, sharing, and making new friends.

Each week, he and I will share an open theme for the upcoming #FitGeekFriday, which we will share with all of you early in the week. That way, by the time Friday rolls around, we can all have a few words to say on the same subject and get a conversation started. It won’t be all fitness, and it won’t be all geekery. We’ve made sure that the topics will be open and inviting, and we hope you all will have something to say about them.

For instance, next week’s theme is Superheroes! Whatever you have to say on the subject, long, short, good, bad, love em, hate em, whatever…we want to hear it. This week, all we’re looking for is what you’ve been working on. What cool post have you written lately that you think people ought to hear about? Drop it in the linkup below and get to making friends.

And don’t forget to stop by Void’s place and give him a high-five for being the new #FitGeekFriday co-host. I have a feeling this is going to be pretty dang awesome.

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Slow Runners Are The Real Superheoes

Slow Runners are Superheroes

If there’s one question almost every runner hates to hear, it is “how fast are you?”

The moment people find out you’re a runner, they start asking about how quickly you run, how fast you complete races, or your time on certain distances. They inquire about personal records (PRs) and about minute-per-mile averages.

The questions are innocuous and seemingly innocent. So what’s the problem? Why do we hate being asked about how fast we run?

Well, the problem is that while lots of runners are proud of how quickly they can power through a mile, many are not–especially new runners.

New runners are always self-conscious about their running, and one of the most common concerns I hear from newbies is that they’re too slow. They’re not ready to race because they don’t want to come in last place–or because all the experienced runners are faster than they are.

That’s just crazy. Let me tell you a secret.

While I think the almost-superhuman finishing times of the people at the front of the pack are neat, I don’t really care. The people that truly impress me are the ones at the end of the race, that last handful of people who bring up the rear.

When I’m enjoying a banana and a bottle of water, they’re still pounding the pavement. To me, that makes them the real superheroes of the running community.

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#FitGeekFriday 10 – Friendship is Magic

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#FitGeekFriday: How We Roll

Welcome back to #FitGeekFriday, where FitGeeks from around the internet get together, share links, and talk about all kinds of awesomeness.

If you’re not familiar with link-ups and blog hops, they’re super simple: Use the “Add A Link” button below to leave a link to something awesome you wrote at your website, click into someone else’s links, comment, and make new friends! #FitGeekFriday is about bringing together the community of geekery-loving fitness junkies, so get out there and be social!

We R Franz!

I want to do #FitGeekFriday just a little differently today. Instead of a short, themed editorial and then a community spotlight of a previous member, I want to talk about a few of my favorite places to hang out online and hope that you guys can share a few of yours.

I look at the internet as a wonderful place to make friends, which is the whole point behind FitGeekFriday, anyway–being a healthy and happy part of the community.
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