Running In The Cold

snow-bridgeThere is something magical about running in the winter. It’s cold and quiet. There is a feeling of additional accomplishment since most people avoid such frigid elements. Enjoy the beautiful bliss of a bundled up trek because it’s only going to last a little bit. ~trvw

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Happy Feet, Happy Runner

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Often, our feet are the last to know. Our bodies might ache. There could be a change in our gait. Maybe a tweak in the knee. Then, you stop to consider that those shoes might be spent. The average running shoe can go about 300-500 miles before it needs to be replaced. It’s a good idea to track how much mileage that you are putting on your kicks and make notes on how your body is feeling, especially at the end of the replacement time. If you are noticing aches, pains, and even a slower training time, you might benefit from changing out your shoes sooner. Every runner will vary. Check out some of the apps that will help you track your shoe usage. Shoe replacement might seem aggravating up front but missing a run because of an injury will be worse. Run happy by remembering your feet. ~trvw

Apps to consider:
Runkeeper
Shoedometer
27 Apps Every Runner Should Know About

 

 

 

 

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The Running Teacher

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Running continues to be a great teacher. It has taught me patience, appreciation, and sportsmanship. Patience has and continues to provide life lessons. The quickest example is when I have respected the time it takes to develop into a better runner, the results do reveal themselves. It might be in the form of a faster pace, stronger muscles, or more endurance. The application to life is that when I practice patience, it might seem like forever, but there is a desirable result – a raise, new responsibility, or simple recognition for hard work.

Appreciation also has its lessons in and out of my running shoes. Being thankful for the ability to lace up and pound the pavement can invite a mindset that puts a long training run into the perspective of something that I “get” to do, opposed to something that I “have” to do. Copy and paste that into any possible undesirable task faced at home or work and the perception changes rather quickly.

Sportsmanship is not reserved for race day. When I have run my heart out but my competitor has had a better race than me that day, I give her a fist pound, say “great run”, and train harder for next time. If my cheering section is bigger and louder that doesn’t promise me a win. It would be ill-mannered to scream that I should have won. Sportsmanlike conduct means understanding that sometimes there will be someone who is better than our best. This is ok – disappointing – but ok. It’s just fuel to fight harder! Try different training, get involved in another capacity, but keep it classy and running will continue to fold in the lessons of patience, appreciation, and eventually a win where you are receiving the accolades. ~trvw

 

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Don’t Go Bananas

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Fried foods are not typically on the healthy list or something I enjoy. When my husband experimented with a recipe for plantain I was open to try it. Then when these little fried slices were in front of me I was more reluctant to ingest it than in the beginning. The plantain was fried in a bit of coconut oil and then dusted with cinnamon. They were a starchy delight! If you are training for a long distance race you might try these little treats. Coconut oil is full of beneficial fats that the body uses resourcefully and it’s just enough to crisp the fruit without a greasy film.  It’s nice to have alternative fuel for those long hauls. Happy eating, training, and living! ~trvw

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Going Forward

Movement in the physical sense is important to keep limber and healthy. Emotionally, it’s just as much a priority. Becoming stagnant by not allowing feelings to be felt can limit mobility. Growth happens when even the uncomfortable strides are addressed and surpassed. Petals move from a closed position to an open state. Bloom from the inside out! ~trvw

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Grayscale

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Gray is the color between black in white if you’re looking a a color chart. It’s exists, it’s real and established. However, some choose to act as though it isn’t relevant. That seems hard to understand. Does it get ignored because some prefer a more solid saturation? Even if that is the chosen preference, it does not make the gray area disappear. ~trvw

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You Be You

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Society tells us often to be ourselves. We are told this while we are inundated with the latest trends in hair, makeup, clothes, shoes, cars and more. Things that might feel like you are masking the core of who you really are. One isn’t better over the other, they need to blend actually. If we never explore a new hairstyle then how can we know if it’s fitting or not? So play and experiment to see what fits and what style makes you more you!~trvw

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Stop! Go! Wait, what?!?

Do things, take action, strive for more. Slow down, embrace the moment, live in the now. Conflict, resolution, balance. Maybe we need the catalyst of one for the other. Perhaps we need to press hard in able to embrace a moment. Maybe if we slow down we can provoke the thoughts we need to take action and get hungry for more. Balance might be important but sometimes the extremes allow for us to notice the contrast and know where to blend the colors into a beautiful masterpiece. ~trvw 

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Size Is Irrelevant

stopdoWhen it comes to making improvements in your life, what strides – even if small – do you take? If the only time you lift your foot up to move it forward is when the step can be big and bold, why is that? Small efforts deserve credit and attention because they can build into big things. ~trvw #BeBetter

 

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Feel The Feelings

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Disappointment is not always something that can be avoided. However, the pros say it’s important how we react to such feelings. Emotions are not a switch that we can flip to happy and walk away from. Sometimes the feeling needs to be felt and faced. It can help us resolve internal conflict and maybe even help the low funk pass faster and let the happy phase begin. ~trvw

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