A celebration of #Runnerds preparing or completing Fall Marathons in 2014.
I usually never discuss politics on my Athletic Forums. Let’s face it, politics and everyone’s personal view could bring out some strong feelings. There is nothing wrong with owning your opinion but sometimes folks go over board and an ugly side could come out.
But, this time I’m happy to talk about Politics. Why, because of the PHIT Act. What? You haven’t heard about the PHIT Act, The Personal Health Investment Today Act (H.R. 956). Look, I’m not going to get into Health Care wars or who should pay for what. I am going to discuss Health and Wellness and the fact that we as citizens need to take pro active steps towards a Healthy Life Style for ourselves, our kids and fellow Americans.
First some background Information:
The PHIT Act (H.R. 956), currently pending legislation in Congress, was introduced in 2009 by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and currently has bi-partisan support. The PHIT Act is legislation that would allow for reimbursement of Physical activity expenses using pre-tax dollars. In essence, the PHIT Act expands the definition of a medical expense to include qualified physical activities as a form of prevention. Your contributions to existing pre-tax Medical, Flexible Spending, and reimbursement accounts could be used to pay for physical activity expenses. Contributions would not increase existing caps on pre tax accounts and contributions are limited to $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for families annually.
So What does PHIT Cover:
- Youth Camp and Physical activity fees
- Membership and dues in a health club
- Exercise/fitness classes or instruction (personal trainers)
- Sport league fees (Adult and Youth)
- Marathon/Triathlon registration fees
- Sports and Fitness equipment used exclusively for participation in physical exercise/activities
Now, we all hear the excuses Triathlons and Marathon entries are so expensive. Gym Memberships and fitness equipment are expensive. Well guess What..with the PHIT Act YOU now have a chance to stop making excuses and start taking steps towards a healthy life style.
America, Get off the couch, drop the dumb excuses and get PHIT! Reach out to your local leaders and have them help pass the PHIT Act.
To our leaders in Washington, What are you doing to help America get PHIT?
I just love long weekends. It’s a great time to take a break from the hustle and relax. In my case I relaxed by getting in some good quality time at the gym. Here’s a quick recap of my long weekend:
Saturday kicked off with a 10 mile bike ride followed up by 6.65 mile run in honor of Meg Cross Menzies. Meg was tragically killed by a drunk driver and runners and non runners from across the country dedicated their run/walk/bike to Meg’s memory and family.
Sunday, was a bit crazy. My legs were dying from Saturday’s training session but I got back out there for 7.1 miles at a comfy and consistent 7:30ish pace. I was so tired but some how I kept going. I’m crediting my biking for having more endurance. My legs feel tired but have not had that led feeling yet. Hmm..I wonder?
I followed up my running with some strength training. Here’s where things get crazy…. My bodybuilding friends are always giving me grief for my skinny legs. So after some upper body stuff I threw down some squats. Shut those guys up by squating 4.5 times my body weight x 10 reps. 7 plates (45lb plate) on each side (initial lift started with 180lbs).
On Monday, my legs were fried. I hit the treadmill for an easy 3.3 mile recovery run and then I hit the pool. I swam a mile and took my time. I have no idea how long it took me….honestly I don’t. The focus was on form and getting in a full mile. It was nice to chill and the water helped my body relax.
That was the weekend..hope ya’ll had a great three day weekend as well.
See ya on roads.
Please join Meg’s family and runners from around the world this weekend as we remember, pray and provide safety awareness.
The following is from #MegSmiles Athletes unite to remember Facebook Page:
Ms. Meg Cross Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. As an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide. In her honor, our hope is to raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere.
This Saturday, January 18, 2014, no matter what your distance, no matter where you live, run for Meg. Take in the fresh air, be aware of your surroundings, keep your headphones on low, feel the heaviness in your lungs, the soreness in your legs, and be grateful for it–for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment.
Feel free to post pictures of yourself pre-run or post-run, post your distance, post your thoughts, prayers, condolences with the hashtag #megsmiles. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Let all runners unite together and remember the loss of a beautiful spirit. It’s not a coincidence the hashtag reads either “Meg’s Miles” or “Meg Smiles.” She will be smiling on all of us forevermore. Please share and repost.
Ever wonder if all you hard work is worth the time, sacrifice, and effort? Ever wonder if what you do matters? Ever wonder if anyone cared whether you ran a 3:15 marathon, biked 100 miles or spent countless hours in the pool mastering your technique? Ever wonder if waking up at 5am for your training session was worth it?
Time is inconsequential if you or them can’t see the labor of your efforts. If you chose to become #extraordinary rest assured you are inspiring those around you.
Go forth… Seize the day.