Author: Beth Risdon

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    Running Tragedies & How to Stay Safe

    On January 7, 2012, my cousin, Sherry Arnold did not return from an early morning run through the streets of her hometown of Sidney, Montana. She seemed to have disappeared into thin air, a very uncharacteristic behavior for this mother of two.  I still get goose bumps when I remember the call I received that…

  • Reset Your Mindset by Beth Risdon
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    Reset Your Mindset

    Do you believe the things people tell you about yourself? Do you believe the things you tell you about yourself? A reader of my Shut Up and Run blog emailed me recently. She had been through a tough time and had gained some weight. Feeling out of sorts and depressed, she decided to go for…

  • Finding Your Fitness Mojo
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    Finding Your Fitness Mojo and Sticking To It

    As a running coach and fitness enthusiast, people frequently ask, “How do you stay motivated to exercise?” The mere existence of this question assumes that there is an answer, a magical panacea that has been hiding out under a rock, waiting to be exposed. I have to be the bearer of bad news and answer…

  • Do Something That Scares You
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    Do Something That Scares You

    These days, I am preaching Eleanor Roosevelt to anyone who will listen: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” It sounds harder than it is.  Doing something that scares you doesn’t necessarily mean strapping on your parachute and jumping out of a plane or hitchhiking after dark. It doesn’t have to be “scary” as…

  • Keeping Your Sanity by Finding Balance by Beth Risdon
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    Keeping Your Sanity by Finding Balance

    I don’t know about you, but summer is a huge balancing act around here. With the kids out of school and needing to eat, be driven places and get in their bickering for the day, I struggle with fitting it all in. This summer, in particular, has been tricky. I had the brilliant idea earlier…

  • How to be Mentally Strong by Beth Risdon
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    How to Be Mentally Strong

    I hit my first mental funk at about mile nine of the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011. At this point in the game, I could hardly pump my fist and yell, “Go self! Only fifteen miles left!” Fifteen miles is still just too far away from the almighty finish line. I knew it was…

  • Run Your First Marathon. I Dare You.

    Even for Phoenix, Arizona, it was freezing at 5:00 a.m. as I stood shivering in the darkness. Surrounded by 7,000 strangers, I wasn’t exactly alone, but I felt that way. Two hours prior I had left the security and warmth of my family and cozy hotel room to make my way to the start line…

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    Water Running: Not Just for the Injured

    Some consider it a dirty word. For many, it belongs on the obligatory to-do list, right up there with flossing teeth and cleaning out the gutters. Cross-training. Why has cross-training gotten such a bad rap? Let’s face it – most of us are creatures of habit. We like the familiar — that which we are…

  • Running with Dean Karnazes
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    Running With the Ultramarathon Man

    My heart raced as we crested the final hill and descended into the small town of Buena Vista, Colorado. It was August 22, 2010, the day I would run 21 miles alongside one of the world’s most recognized runners, Dean Karnazes. Living outside of my comfort zone was one thing, but this was ridiculous. After…

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