8 ways to keep your fitness-based New Year’s resolutions rolling (while still sheltering in place)

Hike, bike, run and explore the Peninsula — and maybe pick up some free swag along the way A bicyclist rides on the trails during sunset at the Enid W. Pearson Arastradero Preserve. (Photo by Veronica Weber) Even in the best of years, it’s widely acknowledged that New Year’s resolutions, especially those focused on fitness, are hard to keep. Many resolutions last no longer than a few weeks. So with gyms shut down ...

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Meet the furry, feral cats of Silicon Valley

Two volunteers gave us an inside look at a decades-long quest to humanely rein in (and care for) the Bay’s homeless felines OJ peers up at an elevated feeding platform at Coyote Point. He is one of 13 feral cats that calls the San Mateo park home. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) The Baylands of the Peninsula used to have a cat problem. That’s how Dave George — a longtime volunteer with the Homeless ...

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Struggling to stay zen in 2020? Hit the trails, says running therapist Kjersti Nelson

Plus, three mindfulness exercises to try during your next workout Runners enjoy the sunshine and trails at Byrne Preserve in Los Altos Hills. (Photo by Kjersti Nelson) Beautiful, lean people in glossy magazines love to extol the myriad health benefits of running. And therapists commonly suggest their clients consider physical activity as one way to improve their mental health and mood. But what’s different about Kjersti Nelson’s practice as a marriage & family ...

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Races are canceled. But competitions to set the Bay’s underground ultrarunning records are still on

Blazing trails with Marcy Beard, the female runner setting endurance records around the U.S. Marcy Beard on the High Line Canal Trail in Colorado. (Photos courtesy Marcy Beard) Marcy Beard currently holds 31 women’s records for Fastest Known Time runs — and is the current women’s leader worldwide — but that’s only because she travels more than most people. At least, that’s the humble answer she gave when I asked her about her ...

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Evacuation zone aid: A restaurant owner’s quest to feed left-behind locals

Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone Andy Kerr, co-owner of Alice’s Restaurant, drives behind a San Mateo County Sheriff vehicle through the CZU August Lightning Complex fires evacuation zone on August 25th. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone With wildfire smoke blanketing the Santa Cruz ...

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Max Fennell’s biggest run: Menlo Park triathlete and coffee CEO to run for City Council

Focused on affordable housing, the 32-year-old says he’ll speak the truth, be loud and give it 110% Max Fennell on the current moment: ‘If anything, this continues to wake something up inside of myself.’ (Photo by Charles Russo) Max Fennell has made a name for himself as a triathlete and entrepreneur living in Menlo Park. Now he’s planning to run for the City Council’s District 3 seat on a platform aimed at ...

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Shuttered gyms & dumbbell price gouging: COVID-19 is threatening the 650’s fitness scene

Shuttered gyms & dumbbell price gouging: COVID-19 is threatening the Peninsula’s diverse fitness scene Here’s how you can help (and maybe develop some muscles and skills in the process) The gym at the YMCA of Silicon Valley location in Mountain View is shut down. In just one example of local creativity to stay useful, the space has been repurposed as a child care center for the children of health care workers. (Photo by Magali ...

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No money? No problem: 5 hands-on ways to help those in need on the Peninsula

Penniless heroes, unite! Walk a dog, make masks or write letters to fight the lonelies. Dianne Jenett, 72, smiles at Sunita de Tourreil after she brought her a bag of groceries from Whole Foods Market in downtown Palo Alto on March 18, 2020. When de Tourreil drops off the groceries, the two friends chat while keep a safe amount of space between them. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Stuck sheltering in place but ...

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Remember outside? You can still go there — 7 (safe) local hikes to cure your shelter-in-place blues

Get a full run at Half Moon Bay State Beach — but only if you’re a local. (Photo by Charles Russo) Remember outside? You can still go there — 7 (safe) local hikes to cure your shelter-in-place blues Keep your distance while going the distance. Walk or run, among trees or to the ocean . . . With mandatory shelter-in-place orders currently in effect across the state of California to keep residents from spreading the coronavirus, public health officials have been ...

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Find a new crew: the teamwork and torture of indoor rowing studios

Is erging really the new spinning? We strapped in to learn how a misery machine is gaining popularity across the Bay Area. Ready to Erg? (Image via Row House Instagram) The erg. Ergometer. Rowing Machine. Erg, the sound your soul makes and your body screams while using it. It’s so deceptively simple, the fixed footpads you strap your feet into, the sliding seat, the way you fold yourself up to return the handlebar to its ...

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