All I have to do is finish.

All I have to do is finish.

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So here I am frantically rushing to bed early on a Saturday night because I’m running my 3 and a half hour long scheduled run tomorrow and I’m thinking, “All I have to do is finish”.

I’m training for another 50K and I’m actually scared of  the length of time I have to run tomorrow. I’m usually really excited about long training runs and love the challenge!

All I have to do is finish.

These words  keep repeating in my head …

“All I have to do is finish.”

I’m not sure why I’m so nervous.

I’ve run 3 and a half hours before. This is part of the training I’ve done many times in the past and I’m used to it.

I have a hunch, though. I pushed too much training on myself this week too soon. 

Feeling tired.

I kind of played around with the training and made it harder …

Here’s the run down.

– The first day of the week was an easy 1-hour run.
– 2nd day was an easy 1 hour 15 minutes.
– 3rd day was an easy 1 hour 15 minutes in the morning and a faster hour and 15 minutes in the afternoon.
– the 4th day was the same, an hour and 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon, but a smidgen faster for both runs.

So now that all the weekday runs are done, I feel tired.

Too tired to run and worried I won’t be able to recuperate for Sunday.

To make it worse…

All I Have To Do Is Finish – Today I’m having my rest day and I can’t sit still! 

The Words “All I have to do is finish.” are unstoppable in my head.

I guess it is the side effect of doing a lot of running, feeling over-tired and having anxiety about tomorrow.

So I couldn’t make myself rest and spent the whole day busy.

  • Scooping wet heavy leaves off the pool cover.
  • Loading wood into basement and stacking.
  • Then working until dark to clear the trail by only using a saw… A saw I found in scrap. (That is another story for another time.)

I’m nervous and feeling like I may not be able to do the run tomorrow.
It’s worse than I remember training for my previous 50 K’s.All I have to do is finish

But really, all I have to do is finish and not worry about anything else.
Not even how fast I will go…

I can go at a snail’s pace for all I care.
I really don’t care.

Or do I?

OK, I think I really do care…

All I have to do is finish – 2 weeks ago, I enjoyed 2 and a half hours of running, it’s ONLY 1 more HOUR!

Only is a lonely word that does not explain what 60 minutes translates to.
3600 seconds.  That is 12600 seconds total.

It might actually be my age I’m worried about.

Am I scared of being one year older?
Am I scared I may die?
No, not really die, but feel awfully sick throughout my run and then feel like I’m going to die…

Maybe I won’t be able to finish!

I’m all about finishing.
I don’t like to leave things half done.
So I guess this is it, this is my struggle.
Now I know my struggle is the pressure I added to my training,  I’m worried about my age and I feel my own pressure in my mind to finish.

What I learned and the benefit of knowing this now…

I don’t have to do it fast!

I can go slow, I can walk, crawl and I can even take a few pictures and listen to some music.

I don’t have to be too serious.

I can make it into a play experience, instead of a working one.
Because really I can get there, I’ve trained for it thus far.

Next time.

  • I will not change a training schedule and make it harder. Training schedules are made for the very reason of  going through steps gradually when you train to prevent injury and/or burn-out

I hadn’t realized I wasn’t really ready for the changes I made with the schedule. I got a bit complacent and just thought I’d step things up a bit faster. It might even be a mistake and affect me down the line….

I can do this in any fashion I want because “All I have to do is finish”. I know I can now.

  • I changed my mindset and had it coincide with the verse in my head.

Thinking now … I positively know I can do this. I can run tomorrow any way I like because all I have to do is finish …”I got this!

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I Ran for Two Weeks Consistently!

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Here’s what I’m going to do for you.
– If you run for 3 days this week and next week (Sunday to Saturday) and you tell me about it here in the comments, I’ll automatically make out a Special Certificate for you!

A certificate that says…


“I completed 2 Consistent Weeks of Running!”unsplash12daysofrunning2weekchallenge

I really want you to get on the run and create consistency now.

Winter is coming and it can be the toughest
time of year to run! 

Little tidbit about me… {I run on the treadmill occasionally, but for the most part I take running out in the cold, wintry snow and wind!}

Believe it or not, I love the fresh cold air!

Keeping consistent running will create a beautiful, healthy body for you.

A body where you understand your limits and mindfully know when to push and when to hold back.

Running is so rewarding and I want you to feel the benefits of consistency today!

Believe in yourself!

Leave a comment below and let me know how it went and you will receive a certificate!

This is only good for the month of October/2016. (You don’t have to worry because I’ll be doing this again!)

If you showed up by surprise and want to get in on the action building consistency running, sign up for my Keep On Running Challenge!

 

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Remedies for Chafing

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Remedies for Chafing

List from worst to best…

A continuous rubbing of the skin in an area during running can cause a burning sensation and red rash.

Places on the skin where you sweat, stay moist and have friction are the worst!

The nipple area, underarm areas, feet and anywhere where skin rubs to close to skin.

Prevention of Chafing

  • Dehydration can cause sweating which causes chafing, so the remedy to hydrate by drinking plenty of water, 1 or 2 glasses of water an hour before going for a walk or run.
  • Pour powder into the folded part of a tissue and fold close the ends and use as a powder puffer.
  • Vaseline apply thinly to skin area that rub, and in skin folds.
  •  dab olive oil on the areas.
  • Body Glide applied thinly.
  • Wear less abrasive clothing nylon and some combinations of synthetic clothing can be the worst. If you have to wear this clothing protect the areas with compression pants or tights. A synthetic bra with no seams or seams that are not in prone areas and that are not bunched, but rolled seamed edges.
  • moisture-wicking fabrics such as Coolmax and Drifit is  Dri-FIT, 45% polyester/39% nylon/16% spandex jerseys are the best materials. 100% cotton stays wet and can promote chafing.

Please leave a comment in the section below what remedies you use for preventing chafing.

 

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A Common Mistake Beginner Runners Make

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  A Common Mistake Beginner Runners Make

The biggest mistake beginner runners make, is running too fast.

A common mistake beginner runners make.

A Common Mistake Beginner Runners Make

Running too fast when your body at a cellular level isn’t ready can be hard on your body.  While you suffer the feelings of getting out of breath, your body’s intelligence is trying to tell you to slow down.

“Forcing your body to go too FAST,  will have your mind screaming for you to  STOP!”

When you come to a stumbling halt because you have nothing more to give, this can be daunting for the beginner runner trying to learn to run.

Even a runner who has been running for awhile can make this mistake and suffer problems with fatigue followed by the issue of lack of motivation. The result will be running just feels hard.

There are easy things you can do to supply your lungs to muscles with continual oxygen, so you are running comfortably. Let’s go over what That is.

A Common Mistake Beginner Runners Make

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First, you need to recognize if you are running too fast.

A Common Mistake Beginner Runners Make – How does a beginner runner know when they are running too fast?

  • You breathe heavily throughout the run, never seeming to feel good and always gasping and fighting for more breaths!
  • Muscles feel tight and sluggish, and you can’t seem to get into the run.
  • You’re sweating a lot even when you’ve not gone far.
  • You’re rescuing yourself by walking many sessions then you need, to make up for running too fast.
  • You feel as though you might be sick during and/or after your run.
  • You put too many off days in between your runs; you’re too tired and just can’t find the strength or motivation to get out there.
  • After your run, you come home glued to the couch for the rest of the day.

When you get to this point where running just feels so hard, you lose motivation.

It’s time to reinvent new goals for running! Push your ego out of the way and learn to run by simply using the Run/Walk Method.

Signing up for this Free Learn to Run Program will have you running a 5K in 6 weeks!

Slow running does not mean always running slow, your body will know when It’s ready to go!

For now, you want to stay with comfortable running and gradually let your body become accustomed to running. The key is to build slowly and run consistently over a six week period.

Sign up and follow along for six weeks, you will feel energetic and in tune with your body, mind and soul. You’ll know when it’s ok to go fast and when it’s time to hold back and slow down.

— Pick your goal . – find a good plan.  – Learn to run.  – Get out there and do it consistently!

Watch video here.

 

Are you listening to what your body is trying to tell you?

Please comment and let me know your thoughts.

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4 Reasons Why Running is Good for Your Body

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4 Reasons Why Running is Good for Your Body!4 Reasons Why Running is Good for Your Body - girls running

 Running helps to alleviate stress and depression.

     1.  You’ve probably fought to go running at the end of a tiring day, but you manage to dig deep and go. The surprising part is you are much happier on the return. The positive for you is you are a happier person for your body.

4 Reasons Why Running is Good For Your Body – You feel almost transformed in such a positive way!

This positive energy can last up to 12 to 24 hours! There’s a whole lot of good happening deep inside, rewarding you with the flow of this positive energy and sense of calm. Running creates a shield by releasing happy hormone endorphins which create a barrier against feelings of stress, low confidence and depression.

Why Running is good – Running helps to induce intelligence

2.  Aerobic exercise can help boost thinking.

Going for a run before you write a test could have you scoring higher marks. A long-term study (By Arthur Kramer, University of Illinois is man brain -4 reasons why running is good for you.a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Beckman Institute) showed… Adults that exercised aerobically consistently did better on cognitive tests! The part of the brain that goes through aging is spared and has more efficient brain processing than people who don’t exercise.  Kids also benefited from daily exercise helping increase stimulation to important brain mechanics producing a positive neurological impact. All the more reason to take your kids for a run or walk!

 

4 Reasons Why Running is Good for Your Body - Learn to Run and get rid of stress!Why Running is good for you – Running is a great problem solver.

3.  Have you ever gone running/(walking) and on the return have the answers to long sitting problems?

The part of your brain that’s on overdrive is actually able to rest and let the other part of your brain do the figuring out! This is easy for you because it happens to be the right side of your brain, the intuitive part that has all the answers. You are able to tap into the amazing. Try it… You will be pleasantly surprised.

Why Running is the best exercise – Running slows the aging
process in your body.

From your brain down to your toes, you are doing better!

Some of the positives for exercise while aging is better muscle tone, increased blood flow and 4 Reasons Why Running is Good for Your Bodyincreased cleansing breaths. This, in turn, helps you to process crystal clear information, maintain better posture and prevent degenerative diseases. So follow a plan doing some kind of exercise aerobically and consistently and sign up for my Learn to Run Program. All it takes is 3 days a week for 20 to 30 minutes!

 

I’d love to hear what you have to say, please comment below 😀

If you haven’t signed up to the learn to run program, do so today. You could be running a 5K in 6 weeks!

Click on this Learn to Run Link!

*Images: Group of women running in park – image courtesy of cooldesign – at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Human Brain – Image courtesy of nenetus – at FreeDigitalPhotos.net*

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Remedies for Chafing

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Remedies for Chafing

List from worst to best…

A continuous rubbing of the skin in an area during running can cause a burning sensation and red rash.
Places on the skin where you sweat, stay moist and have friction are the worst!
The nipple area, underarm areas, feet and anywhere where skin rubs to close to skin.

 

Prevention of Chafing

  • Dehydration can cause sweating which causes chafing, so the remedy to hydrate by drinking plenty of
    water, 1 or 2 glasses of water an hour before going for
    a walk or run.
  • Pour powder into the folded part of a tissue and fold close the ends and use as a powder puffer.
  • Vaseline apply thinly to skin area that rub, and in skin folds.
  •  dab olive oil on the areas.
  • Body Glide applied thinly.
  • Wear less abrasive clothing nylon and some combinations of synthetic clothing can be the worst. If you have to wear this clothing protect the areas with compression pants or tights. A synthetic bra with no seams or seams that are not in prone areas and that are not bunched, but rolled seamed edges.
  • moisture-wicking fabrics such as Coolmax and Drifit is  Dri-FIT, 45% polyester/39% nylon/16% spandex jerseys are the best materials. 100% cotton stays wet and can promote chafing.

Please leave a comment in the section below what remedies you use for preventing chafing.

 

 

Why Do We Need Running Shoes?

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Why do we need running shoes?

This is an interesting question…

While shoes are hugely in the market for keeping your feet healthy, things I have experienced have made me feel otherwise.

With the frenzy of injury while running, we are so eager to get the right fitted running shoe. Protection while running is extremely important, because they say if we don’t have the right support we could end up with hip, knee, shin, back or feet injuries to name a few! I do believe this to a certain extent! But…Are we all being sold a bunch of bunk? I mean listen we weren’t born with shoes on our feet, we actually learned how to walk better and learn faster as infants with no shoes. It looks very awkward watching a baby try his first steps in shoes compared to watching him/her learn on bare feet!

  • Does this hype wearing highly conditioned and expensive shoes have merit?
  • Did we just teach ourselves to need shoes?
  • Have we conditioned our feet that way?
  • Are they running shoes or running shields?
  • Does Fashion have something to do with it?

Yes, yes, yes and yes!

With technology there is the advent of change, change for the better shoe. We need a good looking shoe with lots of protection from the constant jarring from running and we need a shoe that will last…Because we have out of shape feet?

 

Is this why we need running shoes?

  • We need an expensive well supported shoe so that are feet can relax and our minds can go back to better things. Like dreaming about the next running shoe idea…
  • Do you think that we have been brainwashed and taught to think that we need the good looking shoe with super protection?
  • I guess it just isn’t ethical to run bare foot because you might step on something. Uh…Mostly the ground, something our feet were made to step on.
  • Our feet are conditioned and don’t know how to walk comfortably barefoot let alone run. These running Shields protect us from everything, even from remembering how to walk properly. We get a shoe to do that for us.
  • Don’t forget that we need something on our feet to look better than us…Are we not beautiful anymore without accessories?

Think back…
So when did the old added support for your feet come in? Interesting…In the 50s, 60s and 70s our shoes had limited support. I don’t remember worrying too much about support…

Although I was quite young…It was really how fast the shoe was, by making better traction and a lighter shoe. I remember a pair of Adidas that I never wanted to give up, they had hardly anything to them except the cool strips. It was almost like running barefoot. I had to get rid of them because both my baby toes were shooting out the sides!

Support really came in the late 1980s with the Michael Jordan’s celebrity induced, Nike Air Jordans and then shoes just blossomed from there…

 
Just my theory…
I think that our shoes today have almost so much support that we are actually causing ourselves injury…We seem to always need something on our feet. By the time we have spent at least 20 years with so much foot support we risk injury. We risk injury walking around on bare feet. I wonder how many people had planters fasciitis in the last century? Isn’t that partly caused by an inflexible arch?

So this is my thing…I had a sore foot for the last 2 months and had to take a lot of running time off. I went away on vacation and went barefoot in the sand. We were at the beach, so why wear shoes? All week I spent the time on my bares! I did worry a bit because I always wear shoes and supportive slippers at home…I really worried I was going to make my injury worse! Funny thing is my feet felt better when I got home and I felt like I finally gave my feet exercise! Exercise you say? Yes exercise…I know it sounds silly, but I now believe if we don’t have to wear shoes, we should be going more barefoot.

Our feet are becoming out of shape, weak and too supported. We don’t know how to walk on our own two bare feet because were so used to being supported. Needless to say I came home and wore shoes again and the pain in my foot came back. It is either one of the pairs of shoes I wear or maybe a hint that my feet need better conditioning without the super foamed supported shoes.

 So now I walk bare foot whenever I can and I also have found some super exercises to do for my feet while I go barefoot. A runner may always say, “Don’t neglect your feet and always get a good fitted shoe.” This is important…But you gotta wonder… What really is neglecting your feet? Interesting site on Barefoot Running Another Interesting article about why ‘Barefoot Running’ is better!

I’d love to read you comments in the section below!

Learn to Run Today

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Learn to Run Today!

Young or old it doesn’t matter when you start!

 

Learn to Run Today

This is a running program for beginners who want to learn to run today by gently starting from a run/walk program.

After 6 weeks you will be running 4 to 5 Kilometers

About 30 minutes of complete running!

By accomplishing goals and feeling healthier, you will love the freedom running brings to your life! Running and being active helps prevent diseases like obesity, degenerative maladies, and even cancer. That’s why learning to run today will give you the freedom to really know yourself and your potential!

 Let Go!

 

 

Learn to Run – Run/Walk Program!

Why do we start running using the run/walk method?

  •  An easy method to stick to in the beginning.
  •  The run/walk method is gentler on your body.
  •  Changes are gradual and gentler which helps motivate you and encourages you to be challenged.
  •  With both walking and running mixed it’s a positive activity for your health and fitness, eliminating stress and having you focus on what matters most in life.

Here’s a sneak preview!
This is what all Levels will do before and after run/walking.

  • Do warm up and cool down walk. 10min walk to start – 30 min run or run/walk – 10 to 15 min walk after.
  •  Make sure that you total is at least 40min.  This what it will look like. 10min walk – 20min run/walk – 10 to 15 min walk cool down.
  • Stretching helps your running program and prevents injury, so don’t  forget to stretch! You can find the best stretches here!

Get psyched learn to run today and sign up!

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The Reasons For Sore Legs From Running

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These maybe some reasons why you have sore leg muscles from running.

  • If you have exerted yourself running or doing another physical activities, it’s best to take a day or two off then go back and train gradually. Some may have leg muscles so sore it feels uncomfortable and hard to get around, you should then think about taking a little more time off.
  • If you find the pain worsening or not getting better, consult a physician. Note, a lot of muscle exertion can leave your muscles feeling so painful it’s difficult to walk, get up from sitting positions or using the stairs. It can hurt so much, you might feel the need to see a doctor. This feeling is normal.
  • It could be over training The Reasons For Sore Legs From Running which has caused an injury similar to shin splints or stress fracture. It’s best to talk to your doctor to rule out injury and do what is needed for quick and easy healing.
  • Do you have a underlining medical condition like Fibromyalgia or Arthritis? I would suggest getting help from your doctor and physical therapist to help set up a program to help lesson the pain and symptoms. A gentler running or walking program will help these conditions of sore leg muscles.

 Prevent Sore Leg Muscles From Muscles

  1. Start an exercise program gradually, in the smallest of increments so that your muscles can adapt better.
  2. Do a walking warm up, gentle running on the spot or gentle jumping jacks for 5 minutes to introduce your muscles to exercise.
  3. Stretch gently in the middle of your exercise program.
  4. Follow a program introduced by a professional and stay with it

 

Having sore leg muscles is no fun, but if you look at it as positive, than you can be rest assured that you are doing good for your body.

 

Leave a comment in the section below and let me know your experience with sore muscles!

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Tips on Eating When Learning to Run

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You will feel hungrier because you are active learning to run, please don’t overindulge.

  • During the run/walk or running program you burn between 150 to 200 calories every half hour, this doesn’t mean you can eat like crazy!
  • If you eat a chocolate bar, cheese and crackers and then pick while making dinner, even though it doesn’t seem like you are overindulging – you are! You will not lose weight running.
  • You need to be conscious of what you are feeding yourself. You’re not feeding it to your dog or baby, so don’t feed it to yourself!
  • Eat foods closest to their nature, like an orange instead of just orange juice or fruit juice.
  • Foods that are close to nature are better for you, they increase your metabolism.
  • When you eat foods packaged or processed, your body has a hard time recognizing  them. Hence you store more fat to compensate and your metabolism slows.
  • Think of your stomach the size of your fist and eat fist size portions.
  • Taking weight off will make you feel better and running will take on a whole new direction….
  • Boost you and your families health by serving 3 colors of vegetables or fruits during each meal!

Tell me what you think and/or how you’re keeping up with your good nutrition by posting in the comments section.

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