Supportersize Blog

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face*”
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OR, lessons learned while paddling in 2016 SEAPaddle NYC              Whatever the circumstance was, I need to keep going  My heart was pounding at 172 bpm, way over the 145 bpm I planned for to be…

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In the Jacuzzi
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I finally was able to get on my SUP on the Hudson River for the first time and I am so glad I did not wait for the SEAPaddle event to get my first experience of paddling on the Hudson. I…

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An Update…
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Didn’t have a chance to update my blog in a while; between family, work, health and training – life got in the way. I continue to train for the SEAPaddle 2016 which will take place in 5 weeks. The first…

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Fix Your Posture with These Three Simple Exercises
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I often catch myself working at my desk slouching in my chair like a noodle, hate that feeling so I am trying all sort of tricks to get my body a bit more active during short breaks I take through…

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From Weightlifting to Bodyweight Exercises
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I remember the first time I saw Parkour performance, it was like watching superheroes in comics. I wished I could follow their moves but I realised that at 45  i’ll probably break my neck after 5 min. However, I wanted to develop similar strength,…

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On Purpose and Exercise
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People ask me how do I keep my optimism and drive – it’s not one thing but exercise with a goal in mind and friends next to me unquestionably has a part. I try to exercise with a purpose –…

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Doctors’ Texts Can Spur Patients to Exercise
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One of the bigger obstacles in getting people to exercise is lack of motivation. We at Supportersize are putting a lot of thoughts into this issue especially since we are trying to motivate cancer patients (and survivors) who at times might…

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20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind
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I added meditation to my daily routine nearly three years ago, as a great way to become more peaceful and focused and help my body recover better. It is a tough habbit to acquire, and definetly to master so I…

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The Close Ties Between Exercise and Beer
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Do you look forward to the cold beer at the end of your workout or race? if your answer is YES! I totally get you, and apparently so do many others. I play soccer once a week, and after nearly…

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Good Things Will Happen
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“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich Success always has been – and always will be – a matter of pushing forward just one-to-two more…

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The Erg!
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I love challenging my body in different ways; it’s more stimulating and healthier for the body and soul. This year I am getting acquainted with the Rowing Machine. Nothing new or revolutionary but after miles of running last year it…

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Inspiring Stories From the Road
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I had my share of sports injuries over the years; some were due to over training, age, doing stupid things and over-exerting my body after cancer treatments. Dr. Jordan Metzel is my sports doctor and has been instrumental in getting me…

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How to Build Up Strength and Stamina
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While I am in very poor physical shape now due to recent changes in treatment, I am confident that with proper training I will be able to build up my strength and stamina to accomplish my goal; circumnavigating Manhattan on…

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It’s All About the Journey
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On August 20th 2016 I plan to be on the starting line of the SeaPaddleNYC,  a 25 miles race, circumnavigating Manhattan on a Stand Up Paddle board. I am embarking on a physical and mental journey that will take me…

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Fighting Stage IV Cancer Inspires a New Exercise Journey
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Through my Ultra Marathon experience I met many wonderful individuals, one of them is Jesica D’Avanza, a lifelong runner who publishes a very entertaining blog “runladylike”. She’s on a mission to keep challenging herself to be better tomorrow than she was…

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From 1/2 Mile to 58 Miles…
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On Thursday August 14th, 23 months to the day since I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, I completed the TransRockies Run covering 9,000 ft of elevation gains (as high as 12,500 ft in altitude at some points), over…

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How To Train for an Endurance Event?
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I was asked frequently how do I train for the Transrockies, a multi day trail run that covers 56 miles and nearly 9,000 ft of elevation gain. The answer is Phases. The idea is that our body can not be…

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Altra, the Zero Drop™ Shoe Company Supports my Run
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Yesterday I got my new Altra Zero Drop trail running shoes from the awesome folks at Altra in the Wasatch Mountains, they support me on my Transrockies run. Today I went for a short run to “break in”. Altra were my first…

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Mountain Hardwear Supports me for Transrockies
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Been wearing these great training outfits for several years, Love them. So you can imagine how happy I was when the folks at Mountain Hardwear decided to support me on the run to build awareness to Supportersize and motivate people…

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Four Ways to Incorporate Running Stairs into Training
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Two more weeks of training before Transrockies begins and I feel quite strong. Last few long runs this week and I still continue to do hill repeats. Last week I tried to run up an insane set of stairs that…

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Stretching and Injury Prevention
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I started training for the Transrockies back in December 2014, with a 30 min walk/jog consisting of one mile walk, one mile jog. I constantly suffered from injuries due to muscles and ligaments weakness caused by chemotherapy. In addition to…

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11 Steps to Help You Turn Running into Mindfulness Practice
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I picked up meditation nearly two years ago and just like anything else, it takes time to master, but I can see the benefits. The many hours I spend training for the Transrockies Ultra Marathon force me to spend time…

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Oakley Supports my Run
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I am so excited that Oakley, Inc., the manufacturer of sports performance equipment and lifestyle pieces including sunglasses, sports visors, ski/snowboard goggles, and other accessories will support me on Transrockies run to raise awareness and motivate people living with Cancer…

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Running and Nutrition
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As I get closer to race day I am practicing race day(s) nutrition. I am familiar with the importance of race day nutrition from the half ironman triathlons which I completed before I was diagnosed with Cancer. This race is different…

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