Little Matters in Running

Last weekend I had one of those races that make running one of those amazing blessings worth recognizing. The weather was right, my legs felt strong, and my husband supported me by handing me water along the way. It was one of those days that spilled into the whole weekend with joy. Gratitude for running in my life is paramount and I’m thankful for it every day. ~trvw

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The Experimental Runner

Advice for today: do what you want, however you want – just don’t be mad about what you get! However, don’t let the possibility of an unanticipated outcome prevent you from experimenting. Running every day might not work for you but if you don’t try you won’t know. If it doesn’t work for you to run every day that doesn’t mean your body wants you to quit all together. It might be telling you that it wants less running more lifting. If accidents didn’t happen nothing would.
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The Experimental Runner

I think I’ve become a fair weather runner. Used to, nothing could get me on a treadmill. These days, I won’t put my peds to pavement unless the temperature and wind speed suit my fancy. That’s ok though. I love running and as long as I get to do it then all is right with my world. -ter

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Don’t Forget To Walk Or Swim The Dog

You probably realize that your pets need exercise just as we humans do. Most of us have trouble getting our own bodies to the gym and even more trouble taking the dog out for a stroll. There are several ways to get your dog exercise besides tossing toys in between t.v. commercials. Alternatives that benefit your dog’s health will be beneficial to your health as well. Hiking, swimming, and even biking with your dog are all a variety of exercises that pets can enjoy too. Running and walking are popular favorites. Be sure to research what activities are best for the build of your breed and remember to keep safety, like hydration, in mind. Not only will your dog get healthier, she will be happier spending quality bonding time with you. -pm

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Just for You

How much time do you take for yourself everyday? Is your shower the closest you get to spa-like treatment? I hear too many people say that if they take time out of their day to simply talk a walk alone that they feel like they are being selfish. This statement is usually from mothers who feel that they would be neglecting their families if they indulged in a walk. Forget adding an exercise routine to their schedule, that would be way too much selfish attention. Let me make a statement from a kids point of view, “BULL CRAP!” Now, I admit that there were times my sister and I gave my Dad a hard time when he headed out for his 6 mile run when we thought he should have stayed inside for Saturday morning cartoons. But a few Road Runner’s later I realized how much I respected his commitment to running. I watched him make and set goals. He came back with tales of rare animal sitings and being followed by stray dogs. I imagine that he was able to give us a better quality of attention because he had taken his run. He could expend tension out on the road, have time for personal thoughts, and feel good that he got in some heart healthy exercise. My grandpa, his father, died of a heart attack. I knew that his runs were just as much for us as they were for him.

If your looking for an excuse for not exercising then it’s time to find a new one. The family knows deep down that everyone is better cared for when you start with yourself. You deserve to feel and look good taking that shower.

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Spring Forward and Aspire Higher

Ok, spring is here…finally! What is your excuse for not moving? Rain? The rest of the family’s schedule is intruding? Cut it out and get going! Never look back! Let the only excuse you formulate be one to keep you going season after season. It is not easy with all of life’s interruptions but if you don’t go now and keep going, you will not be going at all later down the road.

I get the feeling that many pre-exercise program people think that we “exercisers” have it easy. We don’t. It can be very difficult to keep the positive mantra flowing. Just because there is a good week of fitness doesn’t mean that we get to quit for a week. However, if we struggle through a nasty run we can’t throw up our hands a think that we’ve lost it all and give up.

You’ve got to find a way to get fit and stay fit.
Exercise is not a hobby for many people. It’s a means to an end, maintenance for the self. This day in age it is very necessary that fitness is a part of your daily regimen. Today there are too many opportunities to not move-remote controls, drive-up windows, and unnecessary car rides. The slogan “use it or lose it” proves true. While your expanding waist is not “out of sight” but you have put exercise “out of mind” you can change that now.

  • spring is a great time to gear up that bike for park rides or even running errands
  • many charity events are having walk/runs this time of year
  • your dog is probably just as ready as you to come out of hibernation mode, in other words-walk the dog!

*E-MAIL ME YOUR FIT TIPS @ physical.matters@yahoo.com

Spring is all about new and fresh. Inspiration for innovation spawns from various outlets. Click on the new podcast link (coming soon)and listen – maybe I can let out a good view for you.

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This’n’That

Looking for some good reads? Check out Runner’s World and Self Magazine. RW has a good article with a twist on the benefits of running despite arthritic knees, and Self has two great articles raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Onset Diabetes). Check ’em out and keep moving. Oh! Ladies, the Iron Girl website is a must visit site. Good inspiration. Enjoy!

And… … …
#Don’t forget the clocks fall back next weekend
#Recycle because you “can”
#Smile…it’s funny to do cuz it makes you wonder if you are happy or insane, but WHO CARES it looks good!!!

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Fall-Run-Walk

Fall is just around the corner. Now is a great time to get outside and enjoy the cooler tempertures, the smell of fall flowers, and watching the trees change into a more colorful attire. Slip on some sneakers and stroll through the trails or kick up your heals for some speedwork. Fall festivals will be on all of the local calendars, and where there are festivals there are often races to accompany them. Get out and do good. You will do good by supporting your community and your health. Run or walk, just don’t fall!

Need to find a race?

www.runnersworld.com
www.coolrunning.com
www.racefinders.com

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