With my messy bed head hair I decided to start the day right. Meditation and visualization! I think this card will be repeated often for me, it wasn’t difficult to summon up an event that was/is difficult to accept. I love the way the day started. Some soul searching, warm sunny rays and yummy food! I think every one of my days will start this way. Next stop was an hour of ashtanga yoga!!!
Half of a Rudi’s Plain English Muffin
Half Tbsp. Justin’s Almond Butter
Half a small banana
Glass of water w/lemon
Steampunk Tights (transformed into capris) by: INKnBURN
Visualization cards by: Unknown (given to me as a gift and there are no markings on the cards). If anyone recognizes what these are let me know!
“Running is about acceptance — of yourself and others. When you’re out on the trail sweating, it doesn’t matter if the guy or gal next to you works at a fast-food joint or is CEO of Kellogg’s. It doesn’t matter what color they are, or how old they are, or what religion they practice, if any at all. Running celebrates our commonality.”
– Bart Yasso
All this election and post election chaos and I haven’t let myself slip too far off my training schedule, yayy me! Honestly, I’ve needed the distraction and running and working out helps relieve stress and frustration.
I feel I’m starting to get back in sync with the training and have been finding the joy in it again. Depression and stress can kick you on your butt. And it’s so messed up that the one big thing that can help get you out of depression is getting those endocrines flowing and physically feeling better and stronger. Everything just starts to fall back into line. Like a domino effect. My nutrition has been getting healthy again and full circle, that is helping with both the training and the depression. So, much like the ouroboros dragon, swallowing its tail, like a symbol of wholeness, is the circle of cause and effect with physical activity, feeling better, eating better and feeling better so you want to continue over and over again because of that cause and effect.
The hard part of course is that getting back into it all after you sat the sidelines a while. The good part is that to some degree your body has some muscle memory.
“Muscle memory has been used to describe the observation that various muscle-related tasks seem to be easier to perform after previous practice, even if the task has not been performed for a while. It is as if the muscles “remember”. The term could relate to tasks as disparate as playing the clarinet and weight-lifting, i.e., the observation that strength trained athletes experience a rapid return of muscle mass and strength even after long periods of inactivity.” – Wikipedia
Of course the longer you’re away the less muscle memory, the longer it will take to “bounce back”. I’m no professional but I can tell you that after 3 months away from it all, that first step out the door was hard and the next couple steps were kind of brutal. But then like riding a bike, it was like my body remembered, yeah I like to do this, I like this challenge. Challenge accepted! So don’t despair if you’ve been on the sidelines. Our bodies will follow where our mind leads. And the human body wants to work. It wants to move. Our bodies function better when we make the time to take care of it.
It’s a good mental break from all the stress life can throw at you. Politics, world issues, your job, relationship problems, financial problems, whatever. It’s just good practice to get out of your own head and go for a run, or take a lap or two in the pool.
If you’re a nurturer like me, who tends to take care of everyone and everything else around you first, before yourself, you have to remember you need to remember to take care of yourself. Otherwise you’ll burn out. Find your mountain and climb it. Be your own hero
Yoga is one of the serious loves of my life. I would be lost without it. Yoga helps in everyday life, let alone running. It can be a very spiritual journey for some, it is for me. But it doesn’t have to be, it’s not a requirement and many people avoid yoga because of religious implications. My husband does yoga and in no way is it a spiritual experience for him. For him it’s simply a way to move better and to relax his body. What can yoga do for you the runner? Or just you the human? Read on…
Rest Days – Yin Yoga
Also known as restorative yoga, is fabulous on rest days. You only have to do Downward Dog Pose once, to know good it feels on tired, tight calves. Dynamic stretching helps prevent injury during your runs and aids in shortening recovery time from injuries you do receive. Everything from Butterfly pose, Forward Fold and Dragonfly pose to Savasana (or Corpse pose) are designed to relax & restore
Strength Training – Power Yoga
Also known as vinyasa can build strength, particularly in the core. This in turn gives you better balance. This is important for a runner because essentially we are moving from balance on one foot to the next, albeit for short times. Strong balance will give your run a more constant and controlled feeling. The yoga poses Tree, Extended Side Angle and Eagle all work on balance.
For Flexibility – Hatha Yoga
Mobility is a source of many injuries and even prevents some from running. This is especially true as we age. Your joints and muscles become stiffer more easily from sitting (desk jobs) or being a couch potato and with age this increases and happens quicker. Joints become more rigged with age and from repeated foot strikes to the pavement. Yoga helps release the joints and hip flexors and the tension in them, all while lengthening your muscles. This all allows from better mobility and flexibility. There are many gentle yoga poses designed for better flexibility such as Warrior, Reclining Hero, Bridge and Rock The Baby.
For Better Breath Control
Yoga requires concentration and attention to breathing, which will significantly benefit runners. This will also help you to better concentrate during a race and improve your performance because of it. Breathing, as we all know, is an essential element for running, as your ability to take in directly affects how fast you can actually go and how long you can maintain a pace. Learning breath control and any even small meditative mantras help that mind to body connection making you feel more in tune with your body. Learning proper breathing techniques is heart healthy because it slows your heart rate and keeps it at an even beat.
As humans we assume that our mind and body are always working in sync, but that’s not always true. Any endeavor you do will give you moments of dread. A feeling of “I’m done”. When working on many of the poses in yoga, you’ll find it’s mind over matter. Focusing on flowing from each pose to the next, teaches more of this awareness of body vs space.
SparkPeople has a great resource for runners who want to start adding yoga into their training plan!
In the photo’s above I’m wearing:
May The 4th (Mystery Release)
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
― John Muir
Hiking & walking in nature, for me, is blissful. And each season brings it’s own bit of wonder and wisdom to the hike. I never really sat down and wondered why I love to hike so much. I mean, yeah I love nature and getting any exercise is a pure endocrine giving burst while getting my body in better shape. But I knew it was more than that, something deeper, almost spiritual in form. I found a sense of peace as my footsteps hit the earth and my mind would wander to, wow, to nowhere, and yet everywhere all at the same time. But not in a rushed getting through the day mode, or not in the chaotic work essence. No, it was within a place of complete release. Complete mental relaxation. And that was when I realized, without knowing it, I was meditating by accident.
Having done meditation in a seated position in my home, and on the beach, I knew exactly what meditation was. But this was different, almost a purer meditation. I realized that my eyes drinking in the trees, the beaches, or the streams was guiding my meditation deeper within.
You don’t even have to believe in meditation for meditation to have effect. Meditation is nothing much more than allowing your mind to be still, and then, once still to allow it to wander to places of peace and zero stress. And nature is a remedy in itself for stress. Why do you think major white collar corporations do retreats to the wilderness camps?
In our hectic world of technology and as we rush from job to second job, or from work to making dinner for the family. Or when we have to study relentlessly into the wee hours of night just to get up to go take the test and a full day of classes. We forget to take time to really turn off. Many people turn to the TV to do that, when in fact it may distract, but it doesn’t help your brain find peace. It’s just living someone else’s fictional life instead of your own.
Meditation is hard on some. They don’t know the first steps, or just can’t do it automatically, can’t shut out the world outside. It takes practice. And patience. I think walking meditation is in some ways an easier starting point at meditating 101 because your body is still being allowed to move, while quieting the racket in your mind. I highly recommend being in nature though, not on a busy street where you have to watch for traffic, lights and hear blaring sirens and car honks. A peaceful little park will do.
Read this article today after my slow and easy 2 miles, “New study delves into the importance of trees in our cities and how they can save our lives“. And all I could think was, really, really? They’re just getting this now?
I think back in the 60’s & 70’s the flower children, hippie culture, folk song writers and progressives of the day were protesting about and heralding the dim future we were facing without nature and trees surrounding us.
Never heard it before? You can follow the links above, or just read the lyrics here:
“Increases in temperature associated with the changing global climate are interfering with plant-pollinator mutualism, an interaction facilitated mainly by floral color and scent,” Alon Can’ani explained in his research.” (quote taken from Science Daily: As temperatures rise, flowers emit less scent)
These things are profoundly sad. The slow but steady destruction of nature seems unimportant to some. But as Joni said “That you don’t know what you’ve got, Til its gone” is prophetic truth in the case of nature and wildlife. Imagining a world where we only know trees, flowers, and wildlife by what we see in a museum is a very bleak thought into our future.
So learn from our past and learn from our mistakes. Listen to our children, the youth of today and tomorrow. It’s their future and their children’s future and so on and so on. Do what you can, what is in your power to help preserve our trees, our wildlife, the streams and oceans, and the very air we breathe.
The day has been so gorgeous outside!! I had some errands to run this morning and I was just loving the coolish windy warm weather!! Today’s a strength day though so I knew I would eventually be headed back inside 😏 but I was determined to take my sweet time about it lol.
For the holidays I will be whipping up some gifts via my kitchen so I needed to get started buying some ingredients! You know every year things like canned pumpkin start to run in low supplies and I am really excited to be doing some “from scratch” canning and baking this year for gifts. I love to bake! One day I WILL enroll in classes or even a program for culinary arts, but till then I will have to let love take over where skills fall short lol. Anyway, recipes will eventually show up here on my blog!
I am super happy right now seeing these photo’s. Over the last few months I had gained a lot of weight from stress eating and NOT managing it very well. Another reason I am trying to get nutrition back on point, including what I’m doing for holiday food gifting!! So in the photo I have on the INKnBURN Club Tech and Run Or Die Capris, gorgeous colors aren’t they??? But those darn capris I haven’t fit into for over a month 😥 and they are one of my favorites! But yayyyy, they fit, they fit again!! I was determined I wasn’t sizing up on anything.
It was more like…
I couldn’t procrastinate anymore, I had to stop it with all that fresh air stuff and get the deed done!
I guess that pic turned out a wee blurry when I resized it (my phone takes monster size photo’s) but it says, “honor the run and respect the strength days”. As much as I wanted to be out working on my run I knew I had to focus on what was planned in my training. So that elliptical was waiting for me, as was a little Les Mills Grit.
What is Les Mills Grit?
“LES MILLS GRIT™ Strength is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, designed to improve strength and build lean muscle. This workout uses barbell, weight plate and body weight exercises to blast all major muscle groups. LES MILLS GRIT Strength takes cutting edge HIIT and combines it with powerful music and inspirational coaches who will be down on the floor with you, motivating you to go harder to get fit, fast.”
In a nutshell, it hurts…
no really it builds lean muscle. And that lean muscle helps you burn calories faster, be a better runner and is a heart healthy dose of goodness that will get your blood pumping and your heart rate in the zone (and that’s a good thing)!
Then, I went back outside for a short walk, yes walk, it’s not any kinda run day!
My sweet sweet hubby bought me a “just because” gift. And I guess I should have taken off my other necklaces but, ignore the top strand, and ignore the bottom strand, and everything in between is one necklace of multiple strands. And I couldn’t love it more 💗 I’ve had it on my wishlist forever!!! I love this guy so much!
So all in all it’s been a productive happy day! And the day isn’t even half way over yet!
82° ???? The last week, I’ve had the air conditioning turned off and some nights it’s been cool enough to shut the windows. Fall arrived and “Indian Summer” pushed back in! So I put on monkey (INKnBURN of course – and there are a few sizes left!), laced up my shoes, threw on some capri joggers and out the door I went.
A good dose of vitamin D, a little bit of sweat, and a nice mile later I’m back home looking at the beauty of autumn and just stopped and took in the colors and spent a few moments drinking in the little bit of “summer” we have left. Forcast is looking to fall back into the 60’s this week, great for running & training!! But knowing sunny warm beach days are quickly passing by till next year, does make me a little blue 🌊
Cooler temps means better running days ahead, and that I am more than ready for! But the warm breeze and bright sun today made me realize I’ve heard the term “Indian Summer” my whole life and really, I’m not sure what it actually means. So in my search here is the actual definition via the Farmer’s Almanac…
Here are criteria for an Indian summer:
The conditions described above must occur between St. Martin’s Day (November 11) and November 20. For over 200 years, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has adhered to the saying, “If All Saints’ (November 1) brings out winter, St. Martin’s brings out Indian summer.”
Why is Indian summer called Indian summer? There are many theories. Some say it comes from the early Algonquian Native Americans, who believed that the condition was caused by a warm wind sent from the court of their southwestern god, Cautantowwit.
The most probable origin of the term, in our view, goes back to the very early settlers in New England. Each year they would welcome the arrival of a cold wintry weather in late October when they could leave their stockades unarmed. But then came a time when it would suddenly turn warm again, and the Native Americans would decide to have one more go at the settlers. “Indian summer,” the settlers called it. Watch a video from Editor-in-Chief Judson Hale about the origin of Indian Summer.
INDIAN SUMMER APPLESAUCE
4 quarts (1/2 peck) apples
3 or 4 purple plums, pitted
2 cups sugar
juice from 1/2 to 1 lemon, to taste
Wash and quarter apples and plums. (No need to peel or core apples.) Place in a large pot and add 2 cups water. Cover and boil until apples are soft and the peels are falling off. Add sugar. Simmer another couple of minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Pour by small amounts into a food mill or other sieve, and press out the applesauce, discarding peels, seeds, and cores. Stir lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg into applesauce.
Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac (of course 🍎)
Tomorrow is a strength training day. I think I’ll be checking out a Les Mills Grit workout. But for now, I’m just going to enjoy the evening and what may be the last warm temps for the next few months 🌃