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:
27 Apps Every Runner Should Know About
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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