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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!

When Mind, Breath, and Body Become One

22 Jan

Cold. So cold when you climb into the car, your shoulders stay so close to your ears for five minutes until the heat kicks in kind of cold.  Where I am from outside of Philadelphia, today was the coldest day in two years. Our morning low dropped to 19 degrees and the afternoon high only climbed another three degrees to 22.

If you’re from Alaska or the North Pole reading this, I know this sounds like a heat wave to you, please have pity on us!

Yesterday, Meghan over at After the Ivy League posted about enjoying to run in the cold in her post Ski Weekend in Maine. As much as I would rather be putting on a tank and shorts this time of year, there’s something about running in that cold that gives me a thrill.

Today’s run in the cold was special because:

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There was a light dusting of snow still on the grass from last night’s winter bliss.

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With no other walkers or runners in sight, I felt like a gold medalist on the trails.

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The air was crisp and the sky blue.

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I became conscious of my breathing, my days worries went away with each inhale and exhale, and I became one with my mind, breath, and body.

Running ❤

Do you prefer to run in warmer or colder weather? Why?

For my last few runs, I have overdressed far too much, so I put a lot of thought into what I was going to wear today. I decided on Cuddl Duds thin layer leggings and a Cuddl Duds thin layer top. So soft and cozy! Next, I put a pair of yoga pants on along with a light weight half-zip hoodie and fleece zip-up jacket. Lastly, I added a scarf, ear bags, and put on not one, but two pairs of gloves! 🙂

What do you wear to run outside in on cold winter days?

Please stay warm wherever you are!

I invite you to join me in this yoga session tonight:

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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