Profile Images and Running

Make it easy to tell what you do


If there is one thing that will tell people you are a runner is to show them you are a runner. It’s one way of bragging in social media. And let them remember by providing visual references.

But sometimes we get a little bit overboard with the concept.

Instead of looking good it can make you look vain, stupid. As an example see my profile below and note how it looks.

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Most of the time the way I decide to pick the pictures for my profile page sucks. But looking at other great and creative concepts from different fields had me thinking “Hey! I can make this!”. And you can definitely apply the idea as an athlete. You ask “how?”

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Before that, let me cite an article I came across by Mary Ann Warriner about the kind of lousy pictures that you and me should not use on Linkedin. If you don’t know what Linkedin is, it’s a site for professionals and business owners who are seeking jobs and looking for workers. I personally learned a thing or two what to trash and which to spare from a number of images I had taken from my smart phone camera.

Ok so this is how  you get to use it.

You might want to tell people on social media what it is that you do. And teach your friends about it. One way is to be “creative” with your profile picture.

Although this is not a rule, law or somebody else’s freakin’ standard we need to follow but what can you lose if you do so?

Right?

Instead it will make you look better and worthy of praise. I’m sure many of us, including myself, wanted to teach friends the value of running and this one is a good persuation tool you and I can use.

What are the guidelines for a good profile image?

Michael Hyatt has these great suggestions you can work on. I will point a couple that I find useful and practical for me.
1. Don’t shoot in a studio. You need to look natural as possible.
2. Hire a pro. If you can’t afford one ask for a friend who does photo shoots for free. Be a guine pig.
3. Smile. Grumpies don’t get much likes. And don’t just give shit! Be genuine!

Remember that it is important that your profile picture is relevant and within context. As a runner, it makes your page interesting and worth while to visit. Take a look at these famous examples.

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Do you plan to use this tip? Let me know. If not, please tell this to your friends who might want to improve their social media page.

Simple. Practical. No Nonsense. – ezRunner.

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Running Pics May Get Snobbed, Waste of “Like”.

Do this little trick and make images more persuasive.

Forget it if your trying to convince friends to run and you have the same crap as most running pictures these days. People are posing happy selfies where in fact it’s a darn struggle just to finish the race with aching legs and sore feet.

Yes it’s true.

But you still need to make your peers interested and get them to hit that like button because it’s relatable and less intimidating.

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We were told to be wacky but instead we bounced our assess. I don't have a clue if we were told to jump instead.

Take for a bad example one of my Facebook post with all the glory after a morning 10 kilometer run. It’s all but pictures and nothing more. I easily fell prey to “MUTE” practices even today out of lazyness.

Soon I realized that doing so makes me a showoff for the sake of my own personal amusement. Immediately I stopped uploading after run pictures.

My intention was to make my friends start working out but the effect was I dissuade them instead of  motivating them.

So how do you make your Facebook pictures get more likes?

It is actually very simple. Make it better with “words”. Tell the world the story behind the image. And do it with – CAPTIONS.

People are more likely to hit that like button when they clearly understand how great or bad that morning workout is. It increases your believability and the readers tendency to share your story.

Have you noticed those newspaper headlines with captions below them? It encourages people to turn the pages and get to the full story behind the pictures.

The same goes to your Facebook image uploads. Friends would likely to talk about you and like your morning run.

And it’s something, including me, most people fail to do.

In a paper written by Sandra Mathison (Seing is Believing: The Credibility of Image based Research and Evaluation) states that numeric, text and vocal data are more associated with facts, reasons and objective knowledge. In other words, texts provide clarity to image representations. It describes what is it your doing and  generates value for your viewers.

And a study conducted from the University of Oklahoma about how pictures influence news consumers say that images, with texts, are more likely to be remembered.

Which makes this easy to recall…

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"I may not look like it but I am dead serious." - coach Marven after his 8km workout last 2014.

Than this…
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So next time you decided to post a “selfie” or “usie”, how about including a short caption of that image? This will help you convey your uploads more believable and encourages friends to learns more about what you do.

Now I am going to ask you to TELL me if there’s something in your mind that you can apply this technique?  If not then please share this post to any of your friends who need this tip.

Run daily, healthy.

TIP 38: How to get more likes on Facebook
LEARNING: More about Captions
MATERIAL: How Pictures Influence News Consumers.pdf

You Could be Missing What I’m Getting from Running

These benefits are good motivators to get you starting short workouts.

Waking up early feels heavy. I’m thankful but I don’t like the feeling. The beds warm, it’s cold outside and my cellphone alarm keeps beeping the 4:30 morning run.

This is how I start my day and as you can imagine, it’s cranky.

For 4 years now it’s always been like that so why do I still put my shoes on and log a 10km run? Like most skills consistency is important so that you can develop and take hold it’s benefits.

Here are some that fuels me for a morning run. And I bet it will give you one or two reasons to start working out.

CHEAP SPORT, SAVE CASH

From where I am, it’s very important to bank on health. But money here don’t come easy when you get sick so the cheapest way to prevent it is through excersise.

Running in particular is a sport that costs less than any other I can think of. To make it clearer to understand, shoes are cheap and hospitals are expensive.

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Literally you'll have a run for your money 🙂

Proof is not a problem. You can get it easy from medical websites, online sports publications and of course my favorite – Mr. Google. One that I came across reading was an article from Huffington post by Shelley Emling about the study that helps runners stay young. And another material by Elizabeth McLeod Sadler pointing out to people with depression, psychological disorder, addiction and remarkably treatment of certain heart problems.

WORTH READING: 6 Ways Running Improves Your Health – RunnersWorld.com

Runners are more work productive and less stressed on a very cheap and valuable investment.

I’M SEXY AND I KNOW IT!

You sure are a 100% correct I am banking on health so that I can open a savings account and at the same time look good.

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I know I'm groossss... but do agree I look better than before 🙂

People at Brooks Running Company  published a survey they conducted during the National Running Day that reveals the sport increases sex appeal. Survey also says 76% of all participants (84% of males) believe people look sexy when they’re running and three quarters agree that runners are more attractive.

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Credits to Brooksrunning.com

HOT RUNNER: Running Increases Sex AppealFleetfeetstlouise.com

Besides getting to wear that shrit size I’ve worked for, I also gained a good source of confidence booster. Get sweaty and look sexy.

CHARGED UP BRAIN

Today you might have a sales target, product presentations, exams or assigned at the customer complaints desk. Run to set your self on the mood before doing any of those stressful tasks.

Exercise helps me focus and concentrate to be productive. I totally agree with Jeniffer Cohen about her written contribution for Forbes.com on 6 ways running can make you smarter. Let me list them here:

1. Increased Energy – for getting new or cool and outrageous ideas like catching bigfoot. Duh!
2. Sharpens Focus – effective with daily tasks and helps with delaying brain aging and Alzhiemers desease.
3. Enhances Mood – releases endorphines: the happy hormones for sad folks.
4. Helps Control Impulse – for really emotional dudes, running can help you alot.
5. Improves Memory – if your having trouble remembering your “exes” names, run.
6. Productivity – this is the part that has an awesome impact on me. I learned to manage my time, prioritize to do lists and make a daily planner.

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Run to Charge Brain.

Back then I was a slow thinker. In fact I would often ask twice to clearly understand someone’s question and what they mean. But now, my reaction time is better and an asset specially to jobs like mine that deals with customer  complaints and inquiries first hand.

GETTING IT DONE IS EASY AND SHORT.

Ok yeah so I’ve told you the good stuff and all so might be thinking what’s in it for you? More importantly, how do you do it?

There is not a time wasted when you exercise. I can attest to that. Staring on your Facebook page or Twitter account for some nonesense messages ain’t worth it. Spend time wisely so that you can have those amazing benefits.

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It's only less than an hour for crying out loud! Get out and move your @$&!

Like I mentioned, the key is to include a 30 minute non – negotiable schedule for workout. Not necessarily everyday but instead start with 3 to 4 days a week with rest in between running days. It doesnt matter if you go jog – walk – jog – walk as long as you start doing it nice and easy like how I did before.

THIS SOUNDS INTERESTING: 5 Minute A Day Run – NBCnews.com

SO TO RECAP

Consistent running saves money, make you look attractive and improves brain power. Just cut back 30 minutes of social media or anything else that is not worth doing and put that time into excercise.

Now I need you to tell me how you stick with your running plan and why is it giving you a hard time? Run daily, healthy!

2 Things You Need to Know As A Runner and Why

The risks in running may sound “absurd” but it is real.

Do you ever wonder what endurance athletes care about? I’ve got a few ideas. Shoes, singlets, medals, races  and the most stupid – speed.

While some care for complements and worthless flattery to things they already know, many miss out talking on more important details because they have little or no idea at all.

So what are these little missed outs?

1. HEAVIER BODY WEIGHT– I am not a fan of diets. Many of my friends have this perception of runners associated with reduced body weight. It is true because if I ask one of them  how to lose pounds, chances are I get a “go jog your ass” response.

But there’s a flip side.

Recreational runners know plenty about weight loss and surprisingly have only guesses why some gain weight while offering “run more” suggestions.

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I just can't say no after my long slow distance run!

What IS with weight gain that runners ignore it?

Added Sugar. One often allibi I take pleasure with is to eat too much of the sweet stuff. I’d figure “hey, that was a tough 20 kilometer slow run” and made me think I deserve it.

And I do deserve it!

But it’s not a license to eat more than my body actualy needs. Doing so offsets the losses and lead to gaining mass from extra calories.

It’s overcompensating and that’s no good.

Coach Jeff Gaudette has an article that describes it in a nice detail posted in RunnersConnect.

Take a look at what you eat. Added sugar have sneaky forms and the easiest way for me to identify these hidden calories is if it’s SPF – Sweet  Processed Food.

READ: Added Sugar May Add To Weight Gain In US – WebMD

2. HARD ON HEART – healthy running is my mantra. The funny thing though is I almost never bother reading or ask Google for stuffs like “leading causes of death for endurance athletes” and the likes of it. I ignore them for other interesting topics like – ufos and aliens. 

Go ahead and smack me in the face.

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We never bothered about pulse rates. We almost always talk about personal bests!

Seriously.

Just to be aware, there is data provided for the RACER Study Group that supports the argument but it’s a rare event where the chance of happening is a 1 in 10,900,000 ratio. It’s not a cause for alarm that’s why it is seldom discussed.

CHECK THIS OUT: Famous Runners Who Died – Famous101.com

Edward M. Eveld  published an article in the Miami Herald about a research evaluating the negative effects of distance running. Most athletes can get away with ramped up weekly mileage while they are still young but the same intensity, as stated, may not be ideal for seasoned and long time runners.

LEARN MORE: May Have Limited Benefits – MedicalDaily.com

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Hope to be like them when the time comes! Horah!

Personally I aim to run even in my senior years. To keep the fun factor alive – moderation is key.

Run daily, healthy.

So You Want to Be a Storyteller?

Amazing!

Sam S. Mullins: a blog about anything

Really? Even if people won’t want to date you ever again for fear that you’ll one day talk about them on stage? You’re sure?

Okay. Welcome aboard.

Here’s a cheap glass of wine. Where we’re going, you’ll need it.

I’ve got to tell you – I think you’ve picked a great time to get into the story game. I mean, with the success of storytelling podcasts like The Moth, RISK!, Definitely Not the Opera, Snap Judgement and This American Life millions of people are now aware of the phenomenon of modern storytelling. Just about every city in North America now has a regular storytelling event, and there seems to be more opportunities for storytellers than ever before. For raconteurs like us, the getting has never been good-er.

But before you start speaking your heart into the crackly microphone at the local roti place’s storytelling event (at which no one is there to actually hear stories [they’re just there…

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Stress Had Me Running

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For the sake of sharing a nice photo on Facebook, I just made it look easy but the fact is this race is exhausting!. LOL

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine” from personalities, famous individuals or a close friend who take stress as mere “laughing stuff” and smiling their way out of it. Sadly I needed more than humor.  Let me share how I bail my way out.

But before providing research data what factors that pile it up, here’s a quick story of my struggle with stress.

Fight or Flight
Back when I started working on my new area of responsibility as a security, the management had implemented a 12-hour shift since there were only of two of us. The work demanded more from me and my buddy but we aint’ complaining – not when the paychecks give us more luxury than we could afford before.

And it was not far down that my body started to feel strange sensations.

I remembered in 2010 that my boss had to watch over the post because my legs could not keep up with me standing for a couple of minutes. I felt so weak and had myself being tested with electrocardiogram to check if my heart is fine.

The doctor found nothing or whatsoever which could cause heart problems.

Unsure of what might be causing it, I asked for a second opinion.

But the medical test results were still the same. So the doctor advised a half a month rest and  take daily suppliments.

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At the far right - trying my best to enjoy the Cristmas party in a depleted state of mind. I agree with you I looked like a zombie.

It wasn’t over yet. A simillar event occured in December the same year while I was enroute on a bus for my hometown. The driver had to pull over in front of a local hospital where I checked in for a night.

At that moment I realized that it could be something else. If it was heart problems then why were the tests negative?

Looking back on my priorities, something made sense to me – a self induced stressor called “frustration”. Immediately following my leave, stress had me running for my dear health.

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Me and my buddies here looking pretty good on a half-marathon race.

Really!

Five kilometers the shortest up to 21 kilometers being the longest. There is no way I can keep up paying hospitalization and even if I can, eventually, I’ll end up broke. A pair of used shoes was all I needed and from that moment on  I advocated the means and ways of running healthy.

See Also: Huffington Post – How Does Exercise Reduce Stress by Meredith Melnick

Gathered On Me
In a research data I read which came from the American Psychological Association (APA) website  http://www.apa.org, several causes contribute to  stress.

Mine was like a timebomb.

One perplexing experience and the buildup just came tumbling down leaving me abdominal issues, dizzyness and loss of appetite.

Getting my act together was a struggle because I was confused with whats going on with me. But thankfully enough, it spared the intimate moments with my wife.

Learn More:
Definition of stress and
5 Tips to Manage Stress by APA.org

Before it starts messing around and cause trouble, consider the ways to help oneself recover. A case like mine with limited financial resources, running was the easiest response I could come up with to manage my frustrations and anxieties.

Was I cured?

No.

Stress for me has no cure. Practicing yoga, having a weeks vacation, writing a blog post and doing just about anything that takes someone’s load off will greatly improve a stressed persons health.

Run daily, healthy.

Want Ice Cream? Sell Ice Candies!

“Arouse in others an eager want…”

Dale Carnegie

This is not a running related post. I thought I’d share something about parenting and selling.

A couple of weeks ago my wife wanted to earn some money and got the idea of selling ice candies. My initial reaction was to procrastinate. Of course I don’t want her roaming around almost all day selling under the heat of the midday sun!

But she still got me to agree with her by reasoning to me to have a local store take a cut out of the total sale.

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I just had a good lecture of how to make people do what you want them to. Our tiny business got off well and my wife was pleased with it. But there’s a small dint to it – the kids are literally eating their way through our income!

At first there’s just one piece, no big deal.

The next day, one in the morning then another at night.

Then on the following day, when I woke up early, I was surprised to see my son holding this piece of ice candy – on our bed!

We have ourselves a losing streak here! You might have guessed how my wife reacted. Nope she was not mad at the kids. She was upset with me!

WHY?

“I don’t want them to grow up deprived of what they need to experience.” she says.

“Hey look, we’re on the same side here so please don’t get me wrong. I do want them to have those ice candies but not on the expense of losing your investment.” I replied.

My wife needed to be acknowledged of her correct ideas. But there has got to be a better way.

So I told her to listen, if she’s willing to learn, and I’ll give her and the kids what they want.

I sat in front of the children and  engaged them in a calm and logical conversation which goes:

me: Is mama’s ice candy delicious?
kids: Yes!
me:  How about halohalo? ( their eyes fired up with anticipation)
kids: Why pa? You gonna buy us yummy halohalo? (..tch smart kid..lol!)
me: Nope, I don’t have money right now but instead you can have one if you save some money out of selling the ice candies. (gotcha!)
kids:  ….uh huh… ( what???? )
kids:  how much we need pa? ( now were getting somewhere…) me: It’s only 55 pesos and …

I continued explaining to them a simple computation and they catched on pretty quick. Immediately the craving stopped, business saved and a happy wife!

Run daily, healthy.