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Running to Be

27 Feb

Sometimes before I run, it can take a lot of motivation and 1,000 excuses to get me going out the door. Then, all of a sudden when my feet hit the pavement, I say to myself, why did I think I didn’t want to run today? Why would I want to miss this feeling of flying and being one with myself?

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My motivation comes from  other runners, because every time I see a runner,  I crave to run. Other motivation comes from feeling a sense of accomplishment, weather, or being able to get my mind off of something, or just running to be.

The other day, I experienced running in the rain. It was hands down the coolest experience to feel the rain against my face as I paced myself  mile by mile. The trails were so quiet and I could only hear my thoughts. At one point, I completely zoned out. It’s amazing how the body can keep moving when you’re not even thinking about it.

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What motivates you to run or exercise? What was one of your best running or workout experiences?

On a side note, I have a sneaker tip for if you ever go out into the rain for a run and come home with soaking wet sneakers or if you just want to keep your sneakers smelling pretty.
Putting newspaper in sneakers when they are wet will keep them dry and smelling fresh.

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After runs in dry weather or the gym, I like to put fabric softener sheets inside of my sneakers.

I saw both of these tips in Good Housekeeping and swear by them! I haven’t had a stinky sneaker since!

“It’s Just Another Manic Monday”

21 Jan

Poor Mondays, they get such a bad rep.

Just look at this guy —>

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At least the Monday Campaigns gives us something to look forward to! Unfamiliar with their initiatives? Take a look at the Monday Campaign overview on their website.

Today’s Healthy Monday Tip:

“Start Slow, Go Steady
Physical activity isn’t just a way to lose weight; it’s an essential step towards a long, vibrant life! If you haven’t been active in a while, now’s the time to revamp your routine. Start out with smaller amounts of exercise at lower intensities and gradually progress to moderate-intensity activity to reduce your risk of injury. This week, work on your fitness routine and don’t worry about how fast or hard others are exercising around you. Remember that you’re never too out-of-shape to get active!”

Ideas:

  • Calling up friends for a walk- especially great for today if you have the day off! Soak up that Vitamin D!
  • Try a new exercise class (I know from experience that it can take awhile to find what you like to do, but once you find a class you love, you’ll be hooked and feeling great, I promise!)
  • One of my favorites:

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Examples of small bouts of physical activity I like to incorporate into my day:

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Dishwasher calf raises

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Dishwasher Plie Squats

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Crunches with Stability Ball while watching TV

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Russian Twists with Stability Ball while watching TV

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Tree Pose while at computer

Every little bit helps us to stay healthy!

Strategies to increase physical activity

My Meatless Monday meal: For dinner, I’m planning on having Amy’s, the nation’s leading natural frozen food brand. I’m torn between if I want her Tofu Lasagna or her Bean and Rice Burrito. I always add a big salad on the side! I can’t wait to do a post on Amy’s!

Looking for ideas? Check out the Meatless Monday page, another one of the Monday Campaign initiatives! Good stuff!

Join me in my yoga sesh today: 

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Motivation for today:

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

What kind of physical activity will you engage in today or this week?

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A Marvelous Morning Run

17 Jan

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My run day is finally here! I came to the point where I was dreaming of running outside. I imagined the weather, the songs I would listen to, the feeling of my body flying, and the adrenaline rush I would experience. It’s a miracle I did not suffer serious heart palpitations, but I did suffer from withdrawal.  This morning as I laced up my running shoes, I felt anxious, excited, and ready to get out the door. When I took my first strides, I inhaled and exhaled the fresh air and smiled as my feet took me along for the ride.

Today’s run motivation:

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Mileage: about 5.3 miles

I track my runs using the Google Map Pedometer.

Time: 52 minutes

Today’s Top Five Running Jams:

  1. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
  2. Bleeding Out by the Lone Bellow (free on iTunes this week)
  3. Mumford and Sons- Little Lion Man- Thank you Alex@therunwithin!
  4. Fergalicious by Fergie (throwback!)
  5. Walking on Sunshine- Katrina and the Waves

Stretching:

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After my run, I did some lower body stretches, then when I came inside, I followed the YouTube stretch routine below. I can be so stubborn about not stretching at the end of a workout, even though it’s so important! I’m trying to get better at this!

Finish the run sentence

I run because… it makes me take a step back to appreciate the blessings in my life.

Blessings on my mind this morning:

My legs. I’m so thankful that I have legs to run, to walk, and to move me from place to place.

Being able to live in a beautiful county. On my runs, I feel like I can take in the scenery and appreciate it that much more. 

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It was a gloomy morning run, but my surroundings brought me some sunshine.

Fresh air. I’m thankful to live where I can go outside and take a deep breath.

Security. I’m thankful for food, having a plan for the next two or so years of my life, and a roof over my head.

I invite you to finish the sentence: I run because… or I exercise because…

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