The Gym Is Where Your Heart Pumps

 

It might surprise many when I suggest that you don’t go to a gym. Read closely, don’t GO to a gym. DO make a home gym where you can workout anytime you like. Gyms have their benefits. They own and maintain bulky equipment, they have trainers on-site, classes where you can sweat it out together. However, the benefits of having access to fitness equipment at home might fit into your lifestyle better. You don’t have to fuss with packing a change of clothes, you can put the drive time into the workout, no waiting for the elliptical or the 10 lb. bells, less self-consciousness, and more money in your pocket to put toward your own equipment.  Many people have a tight schedule and excess time to workout is valuable. Putting the fitness arena in the place you go everyday is probably going to be used more than if it’s across town from where you rarely want to go. ~trvw

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TRLTW at The Sertoma Duck Waddle 5K

This was the second year for Team Run Like The Wind to participate in the Sertoma Duck Waddle 5K. Last year the course was an out and back, flat, easy, and felt fast. I was excited to run the scenic course again. However, the winding road raised safety concerns forcing Ozark Racing Systems to design a new route. The rumors about how the 2017 route would be a “loop-de-loop” sounded like a recipe for confusion. To my pleasant surprise, it was fun!

The directional changes were just enough to move the race along so it didn’t feel long and drawn out. There was still a feeling of quickness to the course and runners like that! It was a little more challenging with more hills and turns to add to the adventure, but they were manageable even if you hadn’t been doing hill repeats on your training runs.

The post race comradery was great. Happy runners wore their finishers medals, gulped cold water, munched pancakes, and some crunched Pickle-Ice. Proceeds benefited Care-To-Learn Ozark, Children’s Smile Center, and Freedom’s Rest. Looking forward to seeing how we all waddle through the event in 2018! ~trvw

 

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To: You From: Me | Get Out of Your Way

 

You probably have a list of daily goals and over half never get done. You also probably already know that you can talk yourself out of doing something longer than it might actually take to just do it. Every day that you are blessed enough to wake up, you get to make choices. Get out of your own way of deciding NOT do what needs to be done and just DO what needs to be done. You can do this. This isn’t a deep secret reserved for a select few. You deserve to make the choices that move you closer to your goals. There are plenty of things in life that are beyond your control. Therefore, the things that are in your control you better steer in the direction that you want to go as best as you can. Make it a habit to get out of your way and then you will be on the way to reaching your goals. ~trvw

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TRLTW at the Festival for Life 5K

 

Spring is morphing into summer and that’s fine by me. It’s nice to wake up race day and know shorts and a tank top will be enough. No need to haul gloves, ear coverage, and all that “just in case” gear that we typically carry year-round in the Ozarks. The Festival for Life 5K benefiting Relay for Life – Springfield, MO was a well done race that Team Run Like The Wind was proud to attend.

The course was laid out well even with the last minute reroute that they were forced to make due to a road closure. Friendly and knowledgeable race directors and volunteers always make a race experience great and that was present. It’s clear that ActNow Racing continues to care about the running community and event crews by the impeccable service they provide race after race. It’s a privilege to be part of events like the Festival of Life 5K and behalf of TRLTW, thank you for what you do for the Ozarks! ~trvw

 

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TRLTW Run To The Edge 5K

As the running community continues to grow in the Ozarks, so does the number of races on the OMRR.org calendar. It’s nothing to see several events competing for runners’ registrations in a single weekend, when compared to a decade ago you could count the number of races in the area on one hand.  That means it’s a fantastic time to be a runner but difficult, too, when we have to pick from our favorites because they end up on the same day. Last year Team Run Like The Wind was able to be at the Cox Medical Mile event but this year we checked out the Run To The Edge 5K that benefited the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, MO.

This race was well supported with volunteers at every turn and measured out exactly at 3.1 miles per my Garmin. They had a festival of fun happening in downtown Springfield with the Over the Edge fundraiser where you could watch rappelling from the Sky Eleven building after the race. Hopefully this event will continue to grow and bring awareness and support for a worthy cause. It was great to have Team Run Like The Wind there and perhaps next year there will be an even larger representation of the running community. ~trvw

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To: You From: Me | The Beauty of Your Emotion

 

After reading another inspiring post by Seth Godin, Emotionally Attractive, hope had been delivered in a few short paragraphs. While physical characteristics are first to be impressed on people, the magnitude to which they are received is actually in our control. Our attitude really can convey pleasantries and help someone feel more at ease. When you make a positive impression on someone they will remember that, they will find you emotionally attractive and that probably ticks up your physical appeal at the same time – not the top priority but an added bonus. The best part is that when you’ve left a feeling of graciousness for someone else to experience, they will be better because of you. ~trvw

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To: You From: Me | Move Through The Fog

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When you have a dream and the opportunity to go for it then it seems attainable. When your dreams seem vague or foggy it’s difficult to see opportunities that might lie ahead. This is when it is important to keep moving forward. It can be tempting to become stagnant. Thoughts of “why bother” might creep into your mind. Replace them with “I will figure this out” and keep trying things that you feel even a slight passion for. When you immerse yourself into various projects, eventually something will stick. Then you will have that craft to perfect. You will realize what you are built for in this world. Give the fog time to lift so you can see the bright sunshine. ~trvw

Bruno Mars shares a very positive perspective on figuring things out.

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Food for Sore Muscles

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Tart cherries were not particularly on my radar until one day, several years ago,  I read how they have pain reducing properties. Since then, they have become a staple to be tossed in with the rest of my salad. Knowing how food can react in our bodies is very beneficial. If you train hard and endure sore muscles from time-to-time, you might appreciate this list of 9 Home Remedies For Sore Muscles by Runtastic.  Most of the suggestions are probably things you fuel up on already but knowing the ailment relief they provide can allow you to know when to use them to your benefit.  Stay active and stay feeling great! ~trvw

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To: You From: Me | You Are A Blessing

A new day will begin and sometimes waking up can be rough. A list of things that have to be done might be spinning through your mind and you feel a day late and a dollar short. Take a deep breath and start taking action. The temptation to bury under the covers might tug at you but the sooner you start doing something the better you will feel. It might seem like you have no control over the day. Maybe people at work are telling you what needs to be done and how to do it. Perhaps the kids need help with homework that you can barely figure out and it’s making you feel stupid. It could be that you are having dinner alone again and you long for a meaningful relationship. Take action! Make a list and do something.

If that list is difficult here’s a start – do something for someone else. Take flowers to a friend, email someone to let them know you are thinking about them, hold the door open for people, just do something for someone else and be a blessing – because you are a blessing! When you take time to focus your attention on a few moments of happiness, even for someone else, it can renew your energy. Your problems might not disappear overnight, but for a moment you let someone else escape theirs and probably forgot about yours for a second, too! ~trvw

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Your Next 24 Hours Matter

When an email came to my inbox about a chance to be part of a launch team for a book about kindness, it had my attention. This wasn’t something that I had been a part of before, but an opportunity to read a book than can change myself and others – for the better – as a result of kindness seemed worth a response. So far it has been easy to read and provides actionable suggestions at the end of each chapter. If you’re ready to up your kindness game, here’s a link to Your Next 24 Hours. It might be a refresher or something brand new for your eyes to see; either way, its timing couldn’t be better with the massive need for compassion in the world we are immersed in right now.

My plan is to update you as I read, as well as get some insight from other readers and share what they are learning from the book. Resources fill bookshelves and blogs about how to get ahead in life. If we succeed and have no one to share the glory with then what’s it all for? We only have today to make each moment as great as we possibly can for someone else.  ~trvw

 

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