Fitness

Outrunning Genetics is Impossible

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

It is no secret that I hope to run a competitive time in the Boston Marathon. I logged over 56 miles per week during the summer months, mostly building what’s called “an aerobic base.” There were two short races, the Carver 5 miler (37:25) in July and the Stroudfest...

Debt Weighs on You

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

The simple formula for getting faster is to lose weight and workout according to a training plan. Fifteen unnecessary pounds entering a marathon slows the runner as much as thirty seconds per mile, adding thirteen minutes to the finishing time. The simple formula for...

The Tipping Point

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Little things can make a big difference. It has been over a decade since I got my first Garmin Forerunner watch. These devices use the GPS satellites to track running workouts, then sync the completed activities to software making it easy to analyze. After finishing a...

Speedy Old Guys

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Inevitably, we change, progressing or regressing in all aspects of life. My running received less of my time and energy the past five years than the previous, and therefore my capabilities diminished. This past May, I ran the half in my hometown marathon event,...

Vicarious Running

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Years ago, during my regular visits to my hometown of Stroudsburg, PA, mom got me connected with a local fitness group dubbed the “Mill Rats.” They meet every morning at the American Ribbon Factory to begin their group runs, or walks, or rides. These people are...

Holiday Hiatus

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

In honor of our veterans, the Murrieta Rotary Club’s Field of Honor program decorates Town Square Park with thousands of American flags. This year they added the “Run Forrest Run 5k,” which I did on November 5 with my five-year old granddaughter. She was in and out of...