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Do More With Less

For most people, the long, idle summer days we enjoyed during vacation as kids are a faded memory. Now there is more to do than ever. Softball and beach volleyball leagues, street festivals, concerts, bike trips, barbecues, pool parties, and if you're a parent, all kinds of sports and activities to chauffer the kids to. That's a lot to compete with a daily running schedule, and many people just can't fit a run in every day. Yet some people thrive on a minimalist schedule of three days a week, to the point where they can be quite competitive. more

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Running, minimalist training, three day running plans, summer running

Eat Smart, Move More

A couple of weeks ago, our first guest blogger, Lisa Riggsbee, shared her thoughts about the Healthy Living Pantry and Mobile Kitchen. This week, we wanted to follow up with what young leaders are doing out in Asheville, North Carolina with an Eat smart, Move More Videomore

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, healthy living, mobile kitchen, Community, food desert, Kids, teens, Leadership, volunteers, the y, YMCA, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X

The Roaring Twenties

Maybe you're just coming upon your twenties. Perhaps you're just about to leave that decade behind. Or could be it's been a very long while since you had anything to do with the number 29. In any case, advice abounds, so here are some suggestions (take 'em or leave 'em) that might just be best suggestions for people in their twenties.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, advice, wisdom, suggestions, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, young leaders, Leadership, the y, YMCA

Determine Your Threshold Pace

Tempo runs are the bread and butter of most training programs. Tempo runs are steady runs of at least 20 minutes at an intensity aimed to raise the lactate threshold. Different methods can be used to determine your threshold pace, from something as seemingly vague as feel ("comfortably hard") to more exact measurement of 88-92% of maximum heart rate, and Dr. Jack Daniel's "pseudo V-dot-O2max," also known as his VDOT formula. more

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Run, Running, training, tempo, threshold pace, Dr. Jack Daniels, VDOT

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