A Hike to an Illegal Teahouse High in the Mountains

July 29, 2015

I’ve gone on some pretty fun hikes with my pal Jeff. We’ve crossed the Bridge to Nowhere, ascended to Inspiration Point, and walked the very same road Charlie Chaplin once famously walked. A few days ago, we went on another fun hike, to find a beautiful piece of art high up on a mountain. And we got awesome (and smoggy) views along the way!

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Our goal was to find a little Read the rest of this entry »


Three Workout Videos That Kicked My Butt

July 24, 2015

One of the awesome friends I saw last weekend at the IDEA World Fitness Convention was my friend Leslie.

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Leslie recently gave me the chance to try out a new service she works with, called AcaciaTV. It took me a while to learn how to pronounce it (“a-kay-sha”), but I won’t soon forget it, because it’s very cool. You can try it too – keep reading for a coupon code!

AcaciaTV is a Read the rest of this entry »


Richard Simmons Hasn’t Been Seen in 18 Months… But Here’s Why I’m Still Going to Slimmons

July 14, 2015

Last Thursday night marked the first time in over a month that I took an aerobics class at Slimmons. A busy travel calendar kept me away, and I was excited to return. The Slimmons classroom has a long history, and it’s a very important place for me. And the reason why is evolving.

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Richard Simmons opened the doors at Slimmons 41 years ago. He wanted to create a Read the rest of this entry »


Dealing With Depression By Doing Two of My Favorite Things

May 29, 2015

I’ve been blue the past week and a half. I often get this way after big races, and the One World Trade Center event in Manhattan certainly qualifies as a big race. I’ve been good about exercising since I’ve been back from New York, but other things have suffered. My eating, for one, hasn’t been great, and I haven’t been productive with other things I have going on.

This post isn’t about depression, though. It’s about getting over a depression. I was tired of feeling unmotivated and lethargic. I was tired of being the guest of honor at my own pity party. So I thought about what I could do that would make me feel better. And I came with two activities, neither of which I had done in a long time, that might just goose me out of this funk. Then I decided to do both in one day.

Here’s a hint about the first one: Read the rest of this entry »


A College Campus Invasion (Final Preparations for New York!)

May 14, 2015

Quick Sidebar: How awesome is this photo? It was taken by the event photographer at the Heroes Memorial Climb in Dallas. My pal Scott was the first to show it to me, via Facebook, and I literally did a double-take, because I didn’t think it was me. But it is, just a few steps away from completing a 114-story climb.

David Reunion Tower - CROP

There’s one more photo I forgot to include in yesterday’s post: Read the rest of this entry »


Fun With Maps: How Far is 1,500 Miles?

April 15, 2015

Put your nerd hats on, folks, because this post is filled with evidence of my nerdiness. (I never take my nerd hat off, by the way.)

Last week, when I was having a hard time, I promised myself that I would go running. It felt great – I ran 2.6 miles and climbed 68 floors of stairs at a local parking garage. (The garage isn’t 68 stories tall, it’s four. I ran it 14 times.) The run felt great, and afterward, I posted this photo on social media:

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In addition to providing a much needed boost to my emotional state, that run turned out to be a milestone run. Those 2.6 miles pushed me across a major threshold: Read the rest of this entry »


I’m DONE with Birthday Burpees!

March 20, 2015

My birthday was two weeks ago, and I wanted to celebrate with a big physical challenge. So I set up a social media challenge. It was simple: I shared a special image on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+, and every time you guys liked, shared, or retweeted it, I had to do burpees.

You guys didn’t mess around. 24 hours later, the count was up to 970. Nine hundred and seventy burpees.

I promptly got to work. I set up a highly technical burpee tracking system (involving a Read the rest of this entry »


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