Hurt box – is it just boy talk?

1-HurtBoxHave you heard the popular expression about being in the ‘Hurt Box’ – I know its generalising but often it’s a phrase that males use again and again.

The Urban Dictionary defines it as “to be in a state of emotional or physical distress”.

Why does the focus of exercise need to be on pain and hurting, implying it’s not a good work out if you don’t feel pain?

What about the law of focus? If we focus on pain, won’t we get more? I know it could just be semantics, but what about focusing on what we want more of – like Strength, Determination, Flexibility… what about being in the ‘Celebration Box’, or the ‘Whoah Hoah!! Box’… I mentally picture myself getting stronger, NOT feeling pain…. I’d rather draw my energy towards a positive end result, not a potential by-product.

What works for you?

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My new ‘best friend’…


I was in a quandary – my running buddy (RB) isn’t around for the next few weeks and it’s easy to say that’s okay, I’m too busy anyway, or the weather’s been rubbish… but those are just excuses because being busy is the perfect reason to run.

Running gets me away from sitting at my computer for hours on end, blows away the cobwebs and allows fresh ideas to roll in, and as for the weather, hey, we learnt in bad weather! (Although sometimes it makes sense to give it a miss, running in cooler or wet weather is actually quite good.)

So what to do on my own?  I downloaded a great little app called Run10k by felttip. It’s not the same as having my RB, but it gives me a plan and goals. (Click here to see more). Tried it out on Friday and ran for longer than I would have without it.

If you’ve missed running for 2-3 weeks and don’t need to start from scratch, you can pick up where ever you feel your current ability level is. So as the aim is to run 10k’s after 13 weeks training, you can start at week 5 or 9 if you’re already doing 5 or 7k comfortably but need to do a refresher, or build up your fitness level again.

Choose from a male or female voice to give you the stop/start instructions. Humm, now what am I going to call my new best friend…?

Newbies running for a cause

DivasThis articled ‘Divas on the Run’ takes me back to the beginning of our group learning how to run. It rained every Tuesday and Thursday night for WEEKS when we first started…but everyone turned out in the wet and the dark.


And it’s a great idea to have a goal to aim for – theirs is to take part in a run at Bonita Lakes on 19th May 2012 to raise funds for Autism. Good on you girls!