A little balance goes a long way…

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I’ve been lacking balance the past few months and my body (and the scale) has been feeling it. The past few months have been extremely busy and I’ve been neglecting my body and my health. I love business lunches as much as the next consultant but unfortunately they have been the norm these days.

Physical activity and optimal health can be a fickle thing. I find the same thing can be said for reading for me. You get away from good habits for a few days and it’s a slippery slope.

There was a time when I was putting too much stock in my weight/VO2 max/bike splits. I remember a few summers ago when I was training for Ironman and my latest triathlon times would make or break my week or even worse, my month.

These days I’ve probably been putting too much emphasis on my professional world. Granted I just started a new practice and practice area but trust me too much ying to your yang is not good in the long run.

One of the good things is I’m more self-aware nowadays so I can adjust on the fly. I’m not exactly where I want to be but I’m in a great place overall so I’m looking to take my day-to-day from great to awesome. It’s not a bad place to be, now I just need to inject a few more occasions of fun physical activity!

Further to this post, I’m announcing a challenge for January. This is not new but I want to go 31-for-31 in January 2012. 31 runs in 31 days!

The rules:
-Run must be at least 30 minutes
-You can skip a day but then you must run on two separate occasions for 30 minutes each the following day
-We keep each other accountable by posting results on FB/Twitter/blogs
-Winner gets bragging rights and maybe a special prize for locals…

Who’s in?

23 Responses to A little balance goes a long way…

  1. Jenn says:

    I’m in! 31 days 31 runs!! :D

  2. Great post Eric hh

    I can sympathize with you about the busy-ness taking away from my health. The past few months have really been busy. I am going to get back in to running and yoga in January, I have already started a bit during my holiday break.

    Maybe a fun way to jump back in to things is to do your little January challenge. Let me think about it.

  3. Wheatley says:

    Hey Stranger! :)
    Great post. 2011 kicked me around in many ways and I am very much looking forward to a new year and the freshness it brings. My fitness level isn’t quite run- worthy now, but I have been wanting to get out for walks with my dog more regularly. I was good with it until school started and fatigue took over.
    Maybe I can do a canine version of your challenge? :) Sounds like a great way to start off the year right for me and my pup.
    I included my email. Feel free to hit me back there or msg me on facebook. :)

    • ecinc says:

      Stranger indeed! I’m glad you enjoyed. Whatever floats your boat, I promote all kinds of physical activity. I just like running a lot…

      I will drop you a line in the new year. Enjoy the doggie!

  4. Jolene Saulis says:

    Hi Eric great post, count me in too. Hope you and your family had a great holiday. Best, Jolene

  5. tania says:

    I am in. I might challenge to go for 90 in 90 :)

  6. Tim Wieclawski says:

    Run every day in January? With an average temperature going from a low of -15 C to a high of -5 C. Sounds like fun. Sign me up!

    Now about those prizes. . .

  7. Eric, Count me in for that 31-31. What a great way to start a new year! My biggest challenge is going to get out the door when it will be really cold.

  8. Matthew says:

    Hal Higdon says that rest is an essential part of any training program … I’m out. I will continue to run four times a week, even during the January chilly weather! Join me in the Hypothermic Half if you need motivation.

  9. Matthew says:

    It’s at a golf course in Kanata … the #93 takes you almost all the way there.
    The Mission: Possible half-marathon in November was at the same location, and based on that experience I’ve opted for the afternoon edition (that way I don’t need to stay in Kanata the previous night).

  10. ecinc says:

    I created a note on FB to keep everyone accountable: http://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/eric-collard/31in31-club/10150585396324225

    Chime in with your weekly totals please!

  11. Mary Jordan says:

    I just read this post this morning (Jan 2) I am in!!! Since I missed yesterday, I will make it up sometime this week!!! Excited!! I am doing walk/runs…does that count????

    • ecinc says:

      You’ll have to double up today! Haha… It counts as long as you’re moving forward at a good pace for at least 30mins…

      P.S. Send me a msg on FB if you’re on it so I can add you to the note!

  12. mjnanny33 says:


    I sent you a message on FB so you can add me….



    P.S. just did my first run of the day, planning my second around 7:30!!!

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