Welcome to RE-Active!

Welcome to the active lifestyle blog of Ralph and Elizabeth (i.e. RE-active). We are active people who make every effort to incorporate fitness into our busy daily lives. Our goal with this blog is to share our fitness activities and healthy lifestyle, both at home and when we travel. We hope our stories will inspire you to stay active, live healthy and explore new places.

Run Tour Seattle

I recently had the opportunity to visit Seattle on a work trip which gave me two chances to run and explore the city. I did my usual pre-trip recon so I knew roughly the sites I wanted to hit. I had to hit the icons, Space Needle, Pikes Market , and the water front area. Like all good cities those key points just create the framework for discovery of all the interesting nooks and crannies waiting to be discovered. Here are the two routes I took

I stayed right by the ballparks so that was my jumping off point. The Space Needle was cool to see but it’s looking pretty dated. It now looks campy, retro futuristic rather than futuristic.

I really enjoyed Pikes Market and seeing the OG Starbucks but what I found super cool was all the public art that was around – wall, sculpture, public, you name it.

The city was easy to navigate and felt safe. Drivers and people on the streets were courteous and friendly. I didn’t do a lot by the water from because of the major highway and then some city construction. I found the inner part of the city to be much more interesting. There were some things I didn’t get to see this time around that’s ok though because that leaves something for the next time.

Staying Workout-Ready on Vacation

By Elizabeth

When Ralph and I travel, it’s a given that we pack workout clothes. It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend getaway or a weeklong vacation, we both know we will for sure get a few workouts in.

So for a recent girls’ weekend at the beach with three workout pals, it didn’t even occur to me to ask in advance if we would be going for a run. I just assumed we would! To my delight, one of my girlfriends made the same assumption and we enjoyed a glorious 5-mile run on the beach.

Shoreline run with Patty
Had to stop on our run for a quick pic at the shoreline.

A native Californian, the beach is my happy place. And to be able to go for a run at the shoreline is one of my favorite things to do.

Outrunning the waves
Enjoying the view

I have several fun trips lined up for the summer and you can be sure my running shoes will be among the first items to go in my suitcase!

4 Tips for Refreshing Your 2018 Resolutions

By Ralph —

We are now 7 weeks into the new year and it’s about the time when New Year’s Resolutions start to fade into the busyness of our daily lives. If you are losing traction on your resolution, I offer these few thoughts:

1. Was it realistic? Instead of scrapping the idea, maybe just a reframe or adjustment is needed.

2. Was it visible? Post it somewhere it’s visible to you every day so it serves as a reminder of what you want to accomplish.

3. Do you have an accountability system? Is someone helping to keep you accountable to your resolution? If not ask someone to partner with you and do the same for them.

4. Do you have a reward system? Figure a point where it’s appropriate to give yourself some intermediate rewards for being on the right track.

A couple fun ones have popped up for me recently. One is the 1000 Mile Run Club on Strava. I want to see how quick I can get there this year. The other is in my Apple Watch step counter. My goal is 2 million steps this year.

Don’t let your strong motivation and good thoughts from January go to waste. Now is the time to refresh your resolutions. Do you have any other tips for keeping your resolutions fresh? I’d love to hear them!

Close The Loop

I recently did a run I’ve looked at a few times on the map, but hadn’t had a chance to do before. It made me happy to finally check it off! When I visit our Renaissance ClubSport Club and Hotel in Aliso Viejo, I typically run one of three courses that are all 7 miles long. I alternate to keep things fresh. Two of the runs extend out on different sides of a circular course , but I’ve never closed the loop . I could see on a map that they came together but I never took the time to run the extra distance to connect the two sides. The other day I got an earlier start determined to run the whole loop, and I did it. Map brought to you by Strava.

Here is my challenge for you, what is your loop that needs to be closed? What little fitness challenge can you give yourself to keep things interesting? I’d love to hear your thoughts or accomplishments big or small.

Spice Up Your Run in 2018

By Ralph —

Spice up your runs in 2018 by adding some strength stations to a common loop. Here is an example from what I did yesterday.

The loop is 1.1 miles, I had 5, about evenly spaced stations – Push Ups, Step Ups, Sit Ups, Pull Ups, and Squats. I used a flat rock for the Step Ups and a play structure for the Pull Ups. You decide the right number at each station but make it challenging. Run from station to station if you can, walk if you have to. Decide how many rounds to do. I ran to the park, did 3 rounds, and ran home a slightly longer way.

Have fun.

#run #obstacle-course #adventure

The Last Race of 2017

ALS Logo

By Ralph —

My last race of the year was the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas. This was a very special race because we participated as part of a fund raiser for Team Quest for ALS, a fundraising branch of Augie’s Quest. With the help of ClubSport associates, members and vendors we were able to raise over $60,000 to fund research.ALS Vegas Start

This was particularly rewarding because it was a true team effort. Everyone stepped up to support the cause. We even had other large athletic clubs from around the country that participated in their own fund raising. I am very proud to be associated with the outstanding leaders of the The Atlantic Club, VIDA Fitness, and Greenwood Athletic Club.

 Participating in a race where the focus was far beyond me and my own fitness goals was awesome. The commitment of the Augie’s Quest team and all participants was truly inspiring.

My challenge to you for 2018 is to do a fundraiser race on some level. Find a race you want to do and a charity you want to support and make the commitment. It always helps to drag a few friends into the mix. I think you will find the experience gratifying.

ALS Group

Spinning Our Wheels to Help Feed Seniors

By Elizabeth —

When Ralph and I have an opportunity to participate in a run or bike ride that is also a fund-raiser for a favorite charity, we are delighted. And when good friends also join in, it makes it even better.

That was the case this past weekend. Our  local Meals on Wheels chapter in Alameda County hosted Wheels for Meals Ride, an annual bike ride fund-raiser through the Livermore vineyards. We’ve done it two years now. It’s a win-win-win: a beautiful bike ride with friends to raise money for this vital meal service for local, homebound seniors.

My favorite riding partner

Meals on Wheels is particularly close to my heart. During the last few years that my late grandmother was able to live independently, she relied on her local Meals on Wheels program for nutritious meals. It was such a huge relief to know that my beloved grandma was regularly receiving nourishing food from a friendly visitor. I believe she was able to stay in her apartment longer because of this great service.

She was in North Dakota and I was in California, so there was little I could do to help provide meals for her when she was no longer cooking for herself. This was in the early 90s, well before the world wide web and myriad online resources and mobile apps that now make it so much easier to provide long-distance help to an elderly family member. I will always be grateful for the vital assistance provided by Meals on Wheels.

My grandma is always in my heart so she was with me this glorious Saturday for a fun ride! We rode 35-miles with friends and were happy to see many bike-riding friends also out supporting this fund-raiser. There were three ride options: 15 miles, 35 miles and 70 miles. Afterward, the ride sponsors hosted a delicious barbecue for all of the riders.

Riding with friends makes long rides fun!

This year, Ralph set up a fund-raising page for Team ClubSport when he signed up and we sent out the link to our friends who ride. (It’s still live if you’d like to contribute!) At the end of the day, our team raised $1,455 and the Wheels for Meals ride raised nearly $106,000 for our local chapter.  It is heartwarming and gratifying to know countless seniors in the Bay Area will continue to receive a hot meal and a friendly visitor!

Running Chicago

By Ralph —

There are a lot of ways to celebrate your birthday, and running a marathon probably isn’t at the top of most people’s list. But it is mine! And getting to run in the 40th annual Chicago Marathon was such a gift. The event staff did an amazing job of keeping everything safe and organized.  The spectator support throughout the course was amazing. It was great to see so many enthusiastic people out supporting their loved ones and everyone else.

This race was particularly special to me because Elizabeth and both of our kids were there to share the weekend and the whole race experience. In fact, the three of them ran in the 5K race the day before the marathon. What great memories I have of the three days we had together in Chicago!

Elizabeth and the kids are very experienced race spectators and they take supporting me during a race to the next level. In Chicago, they managed to log 11 miles themselves on race day tracking me around the course. Through some very careful strategizing (and tracking on Find My Friends, Strava and the race app), they saw me at miles 1, 3, 13, 17 and 25. Each time I saw them I got a little energy boost and pep in my step.

Post-race birthday celebration at Ema in Chicago
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Excited to see my family at mile 3.
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Very excited to spot my family along the race course.

My philosophy is any time you get across the finish line in a race it’s a success. As I was running through the dog miles of 15-20 I was reflecting on how fortunate I am to have the physical capability and opportunity to do these races.  That being said, I did not make my time goal and that’s a little disappointing, but I am not letting that take away from the overall experience and the joy of the day.  I am blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive family. I acknowledge not everyone has that and I am grateful.

My time? 4:03:38. I came in 11,943 out of 43,000 finishers.

Here is the great thing about the situation: it’s on to the next event.  This weekend, I am doing the Meals on Wheels Charity Bike Ride and in November, I’ll run the Las Vegas Rock n Roll Half Marathon. I’m doing the Rock n Roll Half as a fundraiser for Augie’s Quest and the fight against ALS.