Stop And Smell The Roses

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You’re moving along pretty nicely on your training run and about a mile in your leg starts cramping. Not badly, not movement threatening and not to a degree that it’s going to cause damage. But it hurts. And your mind starts making that little hurt into a big hurt, it’s messing with you. The pain gets bigger and suddenly you know you just won’t be able to finish (in your head). *sigh* so you hit pause and come to a grinding halt, squat down to take some pressure off, and then you see them and smile. Beautiful spring flowers in bloom, rising up to meet the day, fighting the odds against their stay. And you think about this for a brief moment and then stand up.

Hmmm, no more pain. Or is there, and for a brief moment my mind was distracted by the spring blooms in their glory under the shining sun?

Yeah, the mind will play that way with you. And maybe you really do need to stop because of a real injury, but maybe, just maybe, it’s bigger in your head. So instead of giving up, just hit pause

🌹 stop and smell the roses 🌹

 

Every morning should start this way!

Morning Meditation

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!!!

Easy Breakfast

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!

I Run. I Yoga.

 

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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…

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Mental Focus
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.

 

 

 

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SparkPeople has a great resource for runners who want to start adding yoga into their training plan!

Yoga Poses For Runners

 

 

 

 

 

In the photo’s above I’m wearing:

Dahlia Tech

Dahlia Capri

Monkey Tech

May The 4th (Mystery Release)

 

Trees, Glorious Trees

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Wildflower Long Sleeve Tech By: INKnBURN

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.

Joni Mitchell wrote and released “Big Yellow Taxi” back in 1970 and the Counting Crows did their version in 2002 and numerous others did their spin with this timeless song.

 

Never heard it before? You can follow the links above, or just read the lyrics here:

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They took all the trees
And put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem ’em
No no no
Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Hey farmer farmer
Put away the DDT
I don’t care about spots on my apples
Leave me the birds and the bees
Please!
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Hey, now they paved paradise
To put up a parking lot
Why not?
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Those are the important part of the lyrics, the rest is here if you want the whole thing. These lines above were a foretelling by the progressive youth of yesterday. Too often that demographic is ignored, or because the thoughts are too progressive for some they are thought to be deviant or absurd.  When will we ever learn that often the youth and millennials have a fresh perspective on the state of the future because they are even more invested in it than those who’s years go beyond that demographic?
That’s not to diminish the fact that the experience and wisdom that those over 30 have are important voices to hear too. But hearing the voices of the future of this world is the hearing the road seen without the fear of change. And hey, all of you over 30, change is GOOD, and often very very necessary.
Surrounding myself with nature is often the only place of grounding within a stressful world. Being among the trees I am reminded just how important preservation of places of nature, wildlife and sacred grounds really is. You can’t smell a flower on a computer screen. Sure you can smell artificial flowers anytime you want, but when is the last time you went out knelt down and smelled a flower?
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“Scientists have known for some time that increasing temperatures associated with global climate change have a negative effect on plant growth. Expanding on this research, a Hebrew University of Jerusalem PhD student has shown that increases in ambient temperature also lead to a decrease in the production of floral scents.

“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)

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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.

 

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Get Involved

Stand For Trees

Arbor Day Foundation

The Bees In Decline

Ocean Cleanup

Tree People

 

 

 

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What A Nice Day!!

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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…

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I couldn’t procrastinate anymore, I had to stop it with all that fresh air stuff                  and get the deed done!

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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!

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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!

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80’s in November! Indian Summer? And of course, a recipe I found!

What, …..
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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

 

 

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WHEN IS INDIAN SUMMER?

Here are criteria for an Indian summer:

  • As well as being warm, the atmosphere during Indian summer is hazy or smoky, there is no wind, the barometer is standing high, and the nights are clear and chilly.
  • A moving, cool, shallow polar air mass is converting into a deep, warm, stagnant anticyclone (high pressure) system, which has the effect of causing the haze and large swing in temperature between day and night.
  • The time of occurrence is important: The warm days must follow a spell of cold weather or a good hard frost.

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 IT CALLED 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.

 

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INDIAN SUMMER APPLESAUCE

INGREDIENTS
4 quarts (1/2 peck) apples
3 or 4 purple plums, pitted
2 cups sugar
juice from 1/2 to 1 lemon, to taste
cinnamon
nutmeg
INSTRUCTIONS
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.
YIELD:
2 quarts

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac (of course 🍎)

 

 

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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 🌃

 

 

Boom!

 

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Ok, well, to some a mile may not be boom! worthy, but for me it was. It broke a cycle and set me back where I need to be focused at. I could have gone farther, but I didn’t push it today. I just enjoyed the cool weather, even if it was gloomy and overcast. I know I will likely have some aches and pains in this arm that I hurt for a while and may need some therapy with it at some point to shake out the aches. But all and all it felt good to be out there.

Now I plan on a some easy elliptical work and then a warm cozy cup of tea and a gingerbread cookie 🍪 Tomorrow is a cross-training kind day and I’m going to be doing some weight training with Les Mills Online, then down to the fitness center for some work on the machines.

I’m goin easy and taking my time listening to my body. Then I push it just a wee bit past the point the body says stop, then I stop. Getting those gorgeous Purple Lust Capris from INKnBURN today in the mail was like a treat already, maybe I should skip that cookie hmmm….

For those interested this is my training plan (mostly). I’ve modified it a bit (I walk a whole lot more than I run) and for a longer training period and I don’t stay strict to the time ratios. Once again I listen to my body tell me when to push. Galloway Girl Forever!