If you have a race that you like to run every year, you understand the sinking feeling you get when an injury sidelines you. The Azalea half marathon, 5k/10k will hold their event for the 3rd time and the gun will go off without me this time. A peroneal tendonitis flare needs rest and the decision to cut back from the half to either the 5 or 10k was as agonizing as the injury itself. After much rumination, I had to reconcile that being overly sentimental about racing the same event year after year wasn’t worth it. It’s more important to be looking ahead and healing with the guts it takes to rest properly.
If you’re hurt and feeling like a slacker for taking it easy in order to heal, cut yourself some slack and focus on the strong running ahead of you. I look forward to the Azalea again, but want to race it strong – not having the memory of running through agony just to keep a streak going. The sentiment of proper repair will hopefully have a much higher rate of positive return. ~trvw
Having an experience is said to create happiness in our lives more than having excess money. Seems like there are always new things to go see and do, until you’re ready to do them. Then it feels like the most available thing to do is visit the franchise coffee shop around the corner. It can be hard to stay motivated and open to trying new things when pouring over your local city calendar has left you daydreaming for a bottomless bank account.
Maybe the expectation of a life altering experience isn’t the point. Maybe just simply stepping out to do something that can add new snapshots to our memory reel to reflect on is more of the idea. If so, how do you motivate yourself to practice different events and what are some of the best experiences that you’ve had? ~trvw
Motivation can be an extreme challenge when you need it most. Writing an article, practicing a new instrument, or maintaining a workout routine all require motivation – a reason to get something done. Maybe the biggest misconception about it is that the influence must be a grand gesture. One sentence, five minutes, or 10 crunches are all small, driving forces that are a step in the direction you need to go to get something done. Little pieces come together in a puzzle to finish a big picture. Bit by bit. Step by step. Whatever it takes to get to where you need to be. ~trvw
Congratulations to Seth Godin for writing post number 5000 today. He teaches and learns with every piece he writes and “ships”. He says his work is “unvarnished” at times. Many times challenges are realizing that delivering our work, even if it isn’t perfect, can still impact and encourage someone (or ourselves) to move toward a milestone. Make something happen today. If it isn’t good, fast, the best – it will have happened. ~trvw
Brush my teeth
Take a shower
Prepare a meal
Clean my house
Change the sheets
Do the laundry
…well, just like exercising – you fit in what you can every day. It may be a little more on some days and less on others. Maintaining your well being is just like eating well or grooming, the longer you go without, the harder it will be to tackle later. Stay on top of proper maintenance because a little goes a good long way. ~trvw
The world we live in requires you to be your own health advocate. Fight for your health and well being. You’re worth it, and if you aren’t at a place where you think you are, don’t you think that your family, friends, and children are? ~trvw
Because I’m a runner I often feel like people either think I don’t ever have dessert or that because I work out I get a free pass to eat all the dessert I want. It can be tempting to want to use the excuse that because, “I’m a runner” I can eat cookies to my hearts content for dessert every night. Sure, they’re made with brown rice flower and
sprinkled with anti-oxidant powered vegan chocolate chip and dates. However, that doesn’t give a green light to gorge.
We’re all human and when the urge strikes to over eat on a treat, try finding an even healthier, less processed alternative. After hitting my cookie limit and still having a need for a sweet bite, I found an apple. Knowing the apple alone would not fix my cookie craving, I sliced a sliver of the apple. Then I dipped it in a mix of peanut butter, chopped dates, and chocolate chips. A few slivers satisfied me and I felt like one smart cookie for eating that apple! ~trvw
Doubt will take any chance it can to cause you to question what you’re trying to do. At the end of a busy week an attempt at a long run might make you wonder how you can ever complete twice the distance in a race. That’s why it’s called training. We are dealing with the doubt that tries to keep us from reaching our dreams. Do deal with it. Let it train you to know that the journey to the goal isn’t going to be easy, but once you know this and keep pushing to the finish you can appreciate your ability to make things happen…even when you are not 100% sure of the outcome. ~trvw
It was surprising to see a TV promo the other day where Dr. Oz said he loved the idea of making resolutions. He claimed, “About half the people who make New Year’s resolutions will be successful or will still be on them in six months.” Even if you’re skeptical, give it a try. There’s only strength to gain and bad habits to loose. The most important thing to remember is that you do not need the calendar to say “January 1” in order to set a goal or make a resolution. Now is always the perfect time to improve your health. ~trvw
Now is as good a time as any to define your goals for the new year. Especially when it comes to health and fitness goals. Do you want to train for a 10K or establish a workout routine that you can maintain? Grab a pen and paper, write it down, then do it!
Allow yourself time to experiment with exercises, time of day, gyms vs. home, try all the things that you need to do so you can find out what works for you. Research on the Internet, in the library, wherever you to can to gain motivation and information to help you gain ground. Keep notes and track your progress.
Beginning now will give you a jump start on forming good habits. Keep moving forward. Small is better than not at all! ~trvw