How to Make Tangible Goals Out of the Intangible

Setting goals is hard, especially when it comes to fitness.  Unless you are a competitive athlete trying to make weight, break a record or win in your sport, it can feel like making something materialize from thin air.

One of my clients is working through this right now.  She knows she wants to feel and see changes in her self.  But what exactly does she want to see and feel? A certain number when she stands on a scale?  The feel of a bit more room in her jeans?  The sense of strength of picking up a weight she never thought she could?

Thinking it might help, I sent her the Spitfire goal worksheet.  After working with it a bit, she wrote a post on her blog about it.  From reading her blog post, I realized that I have left something off the worksheet or just left it vague.  What makes us want to have or do something?

In striving for an Olympic gold medal, an athlete may seek to push the boundaries of human potential, love from family, fame and fortune maybe even enlightenment.  Fear can also move us though it is about moving away from something than towards something.  I am sure there are Olympic athletes that train and compete to avoid shame, guilt and pain.

I believe Love is the ultimate motivator. Without getting too woo woo, I’ll just say that we humans accomplish tremendous things for the Love of a person or Love of the Divine.  You might run a little faster when you know the person you have a crush on is watching.  You might work extra hard to drop two clothing sizes for your wedding.  You might choose to practice yoga everyday for a month to deepen your connection with the Divine.

So whose Love is your goal for?  What do you want to do or have for them? Do you want more strength to protect your kids?  Do you want to lose weight for your honey or potential honey?  Do you want to learn to change your nutrition for the health of your family?  Do you want to run a 5k to feel a sense of accomplishment and self-Love?

Exploring why you want to do or have something makes creating tangible goals out of nothing much easier. When I was a kid, I worked on my jump shot in basketball every afternoon, because I wanted to be a Harlem Globetrotter and loved by fans.  I practiced my camel turn on roller skates, because I wanted a handsome prince to see me perform in an ice-skating show and fall madly in love with me (I blame Disney for that one.).  I concentrated on trying to levitate objects with my mind to gain Jedi powers and experience the flow of the Force in, through and around me.  I was crystal clear what I wanted, why and for whom.

Let Love lead you to your goal.

Self-Defense Class in Upper Northwest DC

Residents of the Upper Northwest DC neighborhoods have asked me a lot lately about self-defense classes.  With the spike in armed robberies in the Tenleytown area especially, there is plenty of reason to be extra cautious.

I am planning a self-defense workshop that would be free to the public.  To get a sense of the best place and time to offer the workshop, I have put together a survey.  There are also some questions about what questions/topics I should be sure to include.

Please forward this page to anyone you know living in the Upper Northwest DC areas.

Link to secure survey: https://secure.jotform.us/form/20576186281154

Lotus in Koi Pond

Certified Yoga Teacher In the House

Lotus in Koi PondYes, I completed my yoga teacher training with Gopi Kinnicutt this past weekend. What a journey these last six months have been!  It is difficult to articulate the changes I have experienced, except to say I am so much more awareness of my patterns now.

I know my edge now.  Instead of going to it, looking over, thinking, “Holy S**t! That’s scary.” and backing away, I linger to notice the landscape.  I still feel the pain and the fear but past that I see the wonder and possibilities.

I have made friends with poses that I have struggled with since I was a teenager.  Through understanding the breath and function of poses, I found a deeper place past the physical practice of asana.  I see that it’s not about the poses.  Yes, the poses serve a purpose.  They serve to link us with something greater within ourselves and to each other.

Gopi insists that we students understand that humility, tolerance, respect and compassion are the qualities we are responsible for cultivating as yogis and yoga teachers. We are but channels passing along what we have received from our teachers.  In this day of copyrights and marketing, it is a challenge to remember that.  Though, at some point, I may have to package the knowledge I wish to share and give it a name, I am just here to it along.

To experience some of what I have learned, come play:

Flow Yoga Level 1
Saturdays
10:00-11:15am
Sport & Health Tenley
4000 Wisconsin Ave NW
Members: Free
Non-members: $20 all-day guest pass

Lift Weights? But I Want To Lose Weight.

Q&A: I Want To Lose Weight. Why Is My Trainer Having Me Lift Weights?
The Question

A dear friend of mine sent me a question about the training program and nutrition suggestions his new trainer has for him.  My friend’s goal is to lose weight.

His new trainer has him doing “mostly weights with an emphasis on strength training, and little cardio (and the cardio is high intensity intervals, not long duration walking or running).”

So of course his response is “Not sure I buy that cardio is so much less effective than weights for weight loss – I get the part about muscles=metabolism, but you want to burn max calories too, right? Then again, I’ve been in pretty good cardio shape at times in the past but carrying extra weight still.”

As far as nutrition goes, his trainer is “also claiming that 70% of the population has some problem with gluten, that the paleo diet is best (or at least as much protein and fruits/veggies as possible), and recommending we take 30g of fish oil every day to jumpstart weight loss…”

My friends greatest concern in all this is “I just don’t want to risk bulking up with weights and protein shakes (or whatever) when slimming down is my #1 goal.”

My Answer

(FYI: I’ve known this friend since we were 15, so pardon the familiar tone.)

Free your mind!

Let go of what you learned way back when about fitness and nutrition. You hired a trainer because all that no longer serves you. Experiment with what your trainer is giving you. Try it for 30 days. See what difference it makes or not. Make it a scientific project.

Over the last several years, fitness pros have really been questioning the old school thought about cardio vs strength training, etc. Helping people improve how their bodies function day-to-day has lead to the question of what the body was built for in the first place and some interesting investigations into ancestral health.

There are several reasons why longer bouts of cardio are not efficient for fat loss. The most obvious is that most people do not work hard enough and do not progress. The heart is a muscle. It needs hard work to strengthen and grow. Watching tv or reading the New Yorker while on a treadmill is not doing much toward strengthening the heart or igniting your metabolism. In fact, the stress hormone, Cortisol, which tells the body to store fat around vital organs, gets turned on during long cardio sessions.

Ok, 44 year old man, you are not going to bulk up from lifting weights. Sometime during our 30s, we start to lose lean muscle mass on average of 1 lb each year, unless we actively work to keep it. You would have to work incredibly hard and take crazy body-building supplements to “bulk up.”

For you, it is a matter of building muscle to keep aging at bay, strengthen your bones and make you a man, baby. Osteoporosis/penia are not issues for just women, especially with all the estrogen that has found its way into the American diet. Building muscle will increase your metabolism and testorone levels. It fights impotency and man-boobs.

Before humans became “civilized,” we were amazing generalists when it came to movement. We had to be. We had to crawl, climb, balance, lift, carry, throw, run, jump, swing, and sometimes swim and defend. If we stopped moving for too long, we died. We are killing ourselves by sitting around.

Nutrition is the hardest thing to change. We have so much attachment to the comfort and pleasure that we get from our favorite foods. Ok, I am tempted to go off on a tangent about how out-of-touch we are with our food sources but I’ll leave that to Michael Pollan. If you haven’t read his stuff yet, do it now.

The big issue with wheat gluten is that it has been so genetically modified that it is less like the wheat our grandparents grew up eating than chimpanzees are like humans. I can speak from experience in saying that I can only tolerate very limited amounts of wheat and gluten. When I eat it now, I get congested and my intestinal system protests. It took me trying it after a 21-day cleanse to recognize that I had an intolerance at all.

Ultimately there is no one “correct” diet for everyone. Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine are based on that principle. What can be said is that by eating as close to nature as possible we honor our biology. Educate yourself and experiment. It’s kind of fun when you get into it.

Your trainer is probably trying to explain all of this to you. Listen.

Resources

Websites

Ancestral Health Symposium 2011, http://vimeo.com/ancestralhealthsymposium– a lot of videos from the first conference on ancestral health. The major focus was on food.

MovNat, MovNat.com– Natural movement program developed by Erwan Le Corre.

Exuberant Animal, http://www.exuberantanimal.com/– Great stuff on the blog about playing rather than working out.

Sucker Punch Training video, http://youtu.be/It4NITv1tdY– Movie sucked ass but my friend, Logan Hood, trained these girls with heavy lifting and hard training. As you can see, they got strong but not bulky.

Nom Nom Paleo, http://nomnompaleo.com/– Great recipes in an easy-to-follow blog.

Books
How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy by Paul Chek- One of the first fitness gurus to talk about primal movement patterns. Includes cartoon graphic of what our poo tells us.

Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan- Any of his books are great reads.

The Paleo Solution
by Robb Wolf- With his sense of humor and academic mind, you will love Robb Wolf.

Hope that helps.

Train hard and reap the rewards, my dear friend!

5 Reasons Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions Will Fail

This year I resolve to:

  • Lose weight
  • Start a fitness program
  • Workout more
  • Eat healthier
  • Stop smoking, drinking, etc.

It’s likely you have had one or more of these resolutions on your list in the past.  It’s also likely you made it a few weeks, maybe even a few months, into the New Year then gave up on your resolution.  Why?

Why do most resolutions fail?

We ask too much of ourselves, we make a job out of reaching our resolutions and we aren’t very nice to ourselves when we slip up.  We become our own overbearing, micro-managing boss.  So, of course, we eventually rebel against ourselves.

Too Many Resolutions

The New Year brings excitement about the possibility of the future.  You may find yourself pumped up to accomplish lots of big and bold goals, so you make a huge list of resolutions.  That’s fine.  It’s good to get things you want to do in life out of your head and onto paper.  That’s the first step to bringing them to fruition.

Once you’ve made that list, prioritize it.  If you could only accomplish one resolution this year, which would you choose first?  Write it on a separate sheet of paper and post it somewhere you will see it everyday.  Honing in on one resolution helps you to get some real traction.  If you accomplish it before the year is up, you may find you have the confidence and motivation to accomplish a few more on your larger list.

Resolution Is Broad, Vague or Complicated

Losing weight is probably number one of a lot of resolution lists every year.    The problem with it as a resolution is that’s too vague.  How much weight do you want to lose?  Losing 50 lbs requires a different strategy than losing 5 lbs.  Losing body fat involves putting on muscle, so your scale and BMI index may indicate that you haven’t lost any weight for a while.

The other factor with the goal of losing weight is time.  When do you want to achieve this goal?  Is that realistic?  How much time to you have to give to your fitness program?

Diet is yet another factor.  Are you willing to change your eating habits?  That takes time too.

When clients don’t see the scale tip 5 pounds in the first week, they get discouraged and want to quit.

Losing weight is a big goal that needs to be broken down into smaller steps, benchmarks and goals.  Instead of resolving to lose weight.  Try a resolution that is specific, tangible and measurable like resolving to walk for 30 minutes/3 times per week or to eat your last meal of the day before 7:00pm.  At the end of each week, you can answer yes or no to whether you have accomplished what you resolved to do.  You may even lose weight as a result.

Resolutions Go Against Personal Values

You know that refined sugar is bad for you, so you resolve to cut all refined sugar from your diet.  Then you are invited to a good friend’s house for dinner.  She made her famous chocolate cake because she know you love it so much.  You value enjoying yourself, supporting friends and accepting hospitality.  You are now faced with a dilemma.  Do you indulge and break your resolution or do you go against your values and risk hurting your friend’s feelings to keep your resolution?

Whatever you decide that day, you will be left feeling bad in someway.  This bad feeling can erode your will to continue to pursue your resolution.  If it doesn’t erode it completely, you may decide to make exceptions or compromises to your resolution.  In any case, you lose your enthusiasm about your resolution.

When you make your resolution, check it against your personal values.  Think of circumstances where there may be conflict between your mind and your heart.  Factor that into your resolution plan.  If my resolution conflicts with my values, then I will _____.  You cannot predict every conflict but you can prevent that conflict from completing throwing you off your resolution.

Willpower Becomes Depleted

There are many theories about why willpower wears thin, but we do know that if you are trying to resist many things at once, your willpower depletes.  That is why having too many resolutions going at once becomes overwhelming.  Also having a resolution that continually denies you of something depletes willpower.

If you resolve to cut out grains completely from your diet, for example, you may find yourself drawn into daydreams about the popcorn that you smell someone microwaving in the office kitchen.  You may not even particularly like popcorn or ever had a craving for it like that before.  Because you are denying yourself of carbs, your brain will trick you into thinking you are depriving your body of something vital.

Maybe your resolution is too severe.  Try weaning yourself from grains.  You can decide to only have grain when you feel like you need them.  Maybe you absolutely have to have toast or oatmeal for breakfast.  Allow for that, but just remember to ask yourself if you really need it or if you think you do out of habit.

Negative Reinforcement

We are so hard on ourselves when it comes to resolutions.  We talk to ourselves in ways that we would never tolerate hearing from other people.  We call ourselves names to coax us into finally doing that resolution this year.  We look at ourselves so critically in the mirror.  One slip up and we call ourselves complete failures.

Before you finalize your resolution, look at what it’s saying to you.  Is it a resolution that’s fun, meaning that it’s challenging and novel?  Are you just creating my burden for yourself and becoming your own task master?  Will you feel a sense of pride and accomplishment with this resolution?  Does it enliven your sense of curiosity?

Let’s take the resolution, “I resolve to workout more.”  Jeez, really?  You already work 50 plus hours each week.  Do you really want more work?

What if you changed that to “I resolve to try new activities until I find one that I really love doing and is so much fun that I cannot wait to do it.”?  You’ve created a challenging adventure for yourself to start looking at sports, recreation and fitness activities of all kinds and trying them out.  You can enlist friends to join you. Who knows, you may find you are natural Parkour Traceuse/yogini.

If you are tired of making resolutions every year only to give up on your list mid-January, join Spitfire’s New Year’s Fitness Resolution Renovation Program.  In this program, you get to the heart of what you want to accomplish in 2012, creating a blueprint to get there, get rid of what’s holding you back, and build a fitness program that suits you, your schedule and your lifestyle.

Learn more…

12 Hacks of Fitness, Holiday Style

Why add stress to an already stressful season by feeling guilty about getting to the gym? While you are out running errands or getting ready for the holidays, you can still get your body moving and, who knows, you may even enjoy time with your loved ones with these exercise hacks.
1. Take Those Stairs
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it a million times that you get a quick, heart-pumping workout by taking the stairs. You also get to avoid elevators with all awkward social interaction and people couching and sneezing in an enclosed space.

2. Park in the Boonies
Here’s the choice: (1) Park close to the lot exit and walk to and from the store then have an easy escape from the lot. (2) Waste time looking for a parking space close to the store then wait behind a line of cars to get out of the parking lot. Jogging while pushing a loaded cart is a great strength/endurance combo. You might even giggle a little.

3. Speed Shop
With your shopping list in hand, set a time limit to get everything on your list. If you have company, give them part of the list and set a rendezvous time. Since strategy and quick thinking are required, your brain gets some exercise too.

4. Catch That Train
Add cardio into your daily routine by setting up mini-sprints or speed walks. Metro pulling in just as you swipe your farecard? Make a dash for it. Is time running out on the “Walk” light? Put some hustle on it. Last call for boarding your flight? Hug that carry on tight and go for it.

5. Puddle Jump
Leap over puddles, balance on the ice, walk into the wind. Foul weather provides some great training tools.

6. Clean Up the Joint
Leaf blower be damned, a sturdy rack is a better piece of training equipment than any infomercial abs apparatus of the week. Break out the vacuum and the feather dust to get you stretching, reaching and lunging in no time. Clean house + good workout = peaceful night’s sleep.

7. Add Some Sparkle
Pull those boxes filled with holiday decorations and lights down from the attic. Pick out the biggest Christmas tree in the lot and carry it to the car. Get out the ladder and give the body a good stretch putting up the outdoor lights…or, keep the ladder in the garage and hone your climbing skills.

8. Deliver Goodies
Load up your kids’ wagon, stroller or rolling school bag with the treats you made to deliver them to your neighbors. You get fresh air, a little cardio and some big hugs. Caroling is also good, but not as appreciated as cookies.

9. Desk Chair Race
If your office party is lacking spontaneity and fun, instigate a desk chair race. It is great balance of workout and “Weeee!” factor. To increase difficulty, wear a pencil skirt and stilettos or add obstacles, like co-workers or your boss.

10. Play Hide the Presents
Do kids even know how to play Hide-and-Seek or Tag these days? They sure know how to search for hidden presents. Make a game of it. Hide presents in places where you and your kids have to stretch, crawl and climb to reach. Everyone gives a workout and has a bit of family fun.

11. Dance the Night Away
Your office lined up the sweetest dance floor with an amazing light display for the holiday party. Grab your date and hit that dance floor with a fury. Don’t shy away. Go into the light! You might not be dancing with the stars, but you’ll be the smoking hot star of the party.

12. Get It On
The stress of the holidays can smash the life out of anyone’s libido. But you have tried some of the other 11 holidays hacks, so your engine is revved (Especially, sine you were the tango stars of the office party.). Nothing incorporates all aspects of fitness—-strength, flexibility, endurance maybe even balance–like Sex. You get the extra benefits of total relaxation, endorphin and dopamine release and, you know, intimacy. Love on!

Falling Into Your Run

My mom tells me that I skipped the whole crawling and walking thing.  As soon as I was able to stand, I started running.  I don’t remember if this is true or not but it makes sense.  Walking is essentially controlled running.

If you watch kids when they are first figuring out how to walk, they lean forward far enough that gravity pulls them into a fall.  They bring one foot out in front of them to stop the fall.  The process continues with each step.  I’ve thinking about this ever since a friend turned me onto Laurie Anderson’s Walking and Falling in high school.  So, when we run as kids, we simply give into gravity a little bit more than we do when walking.

The ravages of socialization and sitting in desks lessen our ability to let gravity take us into a run.  For adult women, it can be even harder because we start wearing shoes that lift our heels high than our toes, which actually shifts us into that falling position constantly.  We learn to fight gravity by leaning back.  We have to make a lot of effort to run because leaning forward and letting gravity take us has become unnatural.

As an adult, I found running difficult and just so not fun.  Fortunately, I discovered Danny Dreyer‘s Chi Running.  I relearned how to take the effort out of running by coming back to how I ran as a toddler.  It took some time to trust that I could work with gravity without falling on my face, but once I did, running became more enjoyable.

Whenever I work with clients on their running form, I have to get them used to this same feeling of controlled falling.  It is so satisfying to see when they get it and to hear that their knee or hip pain has subsided, because they are working with gravity rather than fighting it.

On December 15, Spitifire launches Ready, Set…Run!, an online program for runners.  The program includes:

  • Why and how to warm up and cool down from your run
  • Techniques to speed recovery
  • How to prevent muscle stiffness and tightness
  • What women need to think about that men don’t
  • Cross-training tips for runners
  • Resources to improve running technique

For more information and to sign up, visit the Ready, Set…Run! page.

The Lesson of the Monster Hunter

Stop Fucking Playing It Safe

Ok, cursing in the subtitle is not my style but…

Fuck it!

I’m channeling the Monster Hunter here.

Are you playing it safe with your workouts?  Do you do just enough to say you did something?

You’re weak!

Leave it all on the trail, the road, the floor, the field.

Are you backing off on the yoga mat?  When the sensation of pain comes do you back off?

Yellow Belly!

Soften.  Go inside your pain to unravel the mystery it has to teach you.

Do you give into other people’s demands on your time and sacrifice what you need to do to stay healthy and happy?

You’re such a pussy!

Take back that time.  Your peeps will respect you more for it.  Plus, they cannot be happy and healthy if you aren’t.

Do you hold back your emotions because you think you’ll seem weak?

Fuck that!

Let it out.  Scream, cry, break something, sing, dance, whatever.  Holding onto that shit is just going to make you ill.  You’re human.  Revel it that.

Do you feel riddled with guilt if you enjoy eating too much?

You dainty pansy!

Enjoy the bounty that we are given.  Eat your fill of what nourishes you.  Heap praises on whoever cooks your meal, especially if that’s you.  Share the wonder with as many people as possible too.

You must do these things to be a brave and strong monster hunter.  If you hold back from life, even a little, a monster will smell that on you. It doesn’t matter what you call that monster or whether it is within you or outside of you.

It will press you because it knows you will give ground.  You already have.

It will keep coming at you until you’ve backed yourself over the edge of the cliff.

Live life in all its glory and all its suffering.  You will radiate so brightly that you blind your foe.

You will know when to press forward, when to stand your ground and when to drop and roll, so that the monster will wear itself out and give up.

This is a lesson I am still learning from the Monster Hunter, Benjamin Mufti.

When in doubt about what action to take, I ask myself, “What would Mufti do?”

We honor Ben’s memory this weekend at:

Tne Ben Mufti Memorial 5k Run/Walk
Sunday, December 4th
8:00am
Picnic area 24 in Rock Creek Park (next to the Carter Baron Amphitheater and the Tennis Center).

Cos is $25 for charity (+ a nominal service charge for online registration).  There will be no race day registration.

Register here: http://www.racepacket.com/calendar/frace.php?fid=77

Tap Water, Bottled Water, Filtered Water?

What’s the safest to drink, and why?

Guest Post by Ellen Kittredge, CHC

“Water, water everywhere, and nary a drop to drink.”

You may recognize this quotation from the famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” The line refers to being stranded at sea, surrounded by water, yet with no drinkable water left on board the ship.

These words have been oft-quoted since the publication of the poem in the late 1790’s, usually to refer to a situation in which clean drinking water has been hard to come by. While in this country we are lucky enough to have ample drinking water, sadly it may not be as clean as we’d expect. I’m not saying that there is “nary a drop to drink”, however accessing clean and safe drinking water is not just as simple as purchasing a bottle of “spring” water from your local convenience store or turning on the faucet at home to fill up your glass.

Two questions I am frequently asked by my clients are: “Is bottled water better than tap water?” and “If I’m using tap water, what filter should I use on my tap?”

These are great questions, and ones I think I may finally be able to answer with some surety, thanks in a large part to the great investigative work done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

EWG’s most recent recommendations around safe drinking water boil down to the following: “Drink filtered tap water.” This may come as a surprise, as bottled water seems to be a better choice, given claims that you read on the bottle, such as: “pure”, “crystal-fresh” or “pristine source”. However, it turns out these claims don’t have any real verification or substantiation, so it is impossible to know if you can trust the claims you read on a bottle of water.

While federal law requires that municipal water suppliers identify the source of their water, the FDA does not require that bottled water companies disclose this information. Additionally, suppliers of tap water are required to not only test their water supply, but also share these results with consumers.  Bottled water companies don’t have this same requirement. In fact, 4 out of 5 bottled water companies do not publish the results of their water quality testing. And according to the Environmental Working Group, there were 38 contaminants found in 10 popular brands of drinking water.

Interestingly enough, consumers will spend up to 1,900 times more for a bottle of water, yet can not be confident that what they are buying is any safer than what might be coming out of their tap. This is not to say that tap water is pure. There are, unfortunately, contaminants in most of the public drinking water supplies, ranging from agricultural fertilizers to lead, to trace amounts of pharmaceutical medications. Since 2004, testing by municipal water facilities in this country has turned up more than 300 contaminants in public drinking water supplies.

This is why filtration is so important, and is the top recommendation I can make for ensuring that your drinking water is safe to drink. When choosing a water filter, it is important to do your research, read the fine print, and choose a brand that will actually remove contaminants. Carbon-based filters are good at removing many common water contaminants. A reverse-osmosis filter, while a little more expensive, will remove even more contaminants, and may be a better option.

To get a full understanding of the variety of different water filtration options and their effectiveness, I’d recommend checking out the in-depth recommendations EWG has made available online: http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/getawaterfilter. There are a wide variety of brands, filtration methods, and prices, and there is no one best choice. It is just important to choose one that will work for your home space and your budget. It may take a little research, but you should be able to find a brand that will work for you.

Water is essential to life: clean, pure water. Now that you know that filtering your tap water is the best way to ensure a safe water source, it is just a matter of determining which filter is the best option for you. Enjoy the process of learning more about the variety of options, and make a commitment to investing in a pollutant-free drinking water supply for you and your family. It’s worth it! Plus, it’ll be a lot cheaper than bottled water in the long run.Ellen Kittredge, CHC, is a Nutrition and Health Counselor offering individualized in-person and phone sessions, as well as group cleansing programs and other group services.

Triathlon Training Pirate Style

A Take On Ben Mufti’s Traithlon Training

  • Get many tattoos to learn to laugh at pain.
  • Set an extraordinarily high goal f
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    or yourself.

  • Chart your course well.
  • Taunt any and every athlete you encounter with your obviously superior abilities and looks.
  • Hoard equipment and shoes.
  • Flaunt your booty so all may admire your treasures.
  • Bury some of your treasure in various locations.
  • Become a master at charm.
  • Attack your adversaries without warning.
  • Laugh heartily as often as possible, especially at your own jokes.
  • Fuel your training with huge meals and heavy drinking.
  • Celebrate your victories by gourging yourself or eating something that requires signing a waiver.
  • Break hearts and take no prisoners.

Mufti Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, December 4th
8:00am
Picnic area 24 in Rock Creek Park (next to the Carter Baron Amphitheater and the Tennis Center).

Register online or in person at the Northwest Sport & Health (4001 Brandywine St. NW)

Cost is $20 for charity (+ a nominal service charge for online registration).

The cost will go up to $25 on Monday November 28th. There will be no race day registration.

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