in my spiral ring notebook: Why I run -
I haven’t posted in a while..
Good news: I’ve been running steadily 3 times a week. Could be better, but life is busy (new job, new boyfriend, classes, moving) and homegirl would like to sleep at some point.
Also, I am linking you all to the beautiful words of my college-friend, Katie, a greater writer, spirit, and runner than I could ever hope to be. After the tragic events in Boston yesterday, I think we all need to read this.
Love to you all.
Post-run lunch of spinach salad with raspberries, ham, cucumber and homemade balsamic/mustard dressing, followed up with orange peppers and hummus.
Fuel your body!
I had an awesome run today!
That is all.
Back to basics.
Kashi Go-Lean Crisp and berries.
I haven’t been blogging for about a month (maybe more?) which also means I haven’t been running. I could go through the list of excuses I’d made for myself, from bad weather to a busy schedule. The truth is.. I don’t know what happened.
Oddly enough, I’m somewhat of a perfectionist. I try to do things as completely and as well as possible. But when there’s a snag in the fabric, the entire weave just unravels and I completely fall apart. I missed a day of running. One day turned into two and the next thing I know, I hadn’t donned my trainers in over three weeks. With the 5k coming up, I just accepted a big fat ’maybe next year’ as my destiny.
And then last night happened.
My brother was visiting and somehow we got on the topic of my weight. He knows a thing or two about getting fit. This time two years ago, he was teetering on the 300lb mark and was well on his way down the path of heart disease, diabetes - much like our father - and any other number of complications. But through a strict plan and lots of hard work, he’s looking and feeling great and is in the best shape he’s probably ever been in. So I listened to what he had to say. It was hard, answering his questions. I’ve never told anyone in my family my weight. But he said something very poignant to me.
“If you can’t be honest and open about that number, you’ll never really be open to changing it.”
After a very honest and terrifying hour, we had a game plan. It will be difficult and I will get discouraged, as always is the case. But this time I don’t feel like I am alone. I have the support of someone who not only believes I will succeed, but expects me to. Sometimes, that’s all the difference.
What the hell is a burpee?
Me again. Naseem! Please, please, please have no fear of cold running! I ran in Manitoba, Canada, that’s north of Minnesota and am still here. Contrary to what clothing manufacturers want you to believe, you don’t need much specialized clothing either. Cold will not hurt your lungs. Trust me, I ran in Canada for 30 yrs, loooong distances, marathon training. Here’s what you need: wear lots of layers, they keep you warmer than one thick layer. Start with your sports bra, then a cotton or cotton blend turtleneck or just a plain old long sleeve T-shirt will do, then a T-shirt (yes, short sleeves OVER long sleeves) and then a windbreaker if you have one or a fleece jacket or a thick hoodie. If you are too cold in a hoodie, add another thin layes, like a long sleeve T-shirt. Wear a hat or at least a headband. It’s good to have a headband and a hoodie, so that if you get too hot you can slide your hood off. Wear loose track pants, not those tight fitting running pants. The looseness of the fabric around your leg will trap warm air between your skin and the pant and will keep you warmer than those silly tights/yoga pants things. Loose and baggy T-shirts and hoodies do the same thing. Finally, if you are worried about our lungs, wrap a scarf around your face and chin, BUT… the mistake people make is wrapping it tight around their mouth. This is no good, it does not warm you and restricts your breathing. Wrap it loosely, forming a bit of a pocket in front of your mouth, like a little pouch. Again, the air will warm in this little pouch from your breath before you breathe it in and the condensation and cold temperature will harden it so it will stay upright. Play with it, you will figure it out. The main thing to do is remember that cold weather does not like tight clothes, think loose! I never wore specialty clothing. In fact, I reserved my oldest, stainiest clothes for running. Outside of a good windbreaker and good shoes, running is the cheapest sport! I have honestly had some of my best runs in cold weather! I wish I could go out for a run now!
(Source: easybreezyfitness, via meet-mebytherivers-edge)
This weather is killing me! It’s been hovering around 3°F for the past week and I have NO IDEA how to run in those temperatures. I don’t have the proper gear and am really too broke to buy anything Under Armor, or whatever. I hate making excuses, but I’m honestly quite scared to run in this cold. If not for the cramping, but because my lungs will suffer. I’m just not that brave.
Should I just suck it up and try treadmill running? Am I really going to need a gym membership for days like this? Ugghhhhh This 5K feels impossible!
This was originally a vegan quinoa salad I made for my birthday party.
Quinoa, shredded beets, carrot, raisins, cilantro, cumin, salt. This morning, I made it not-vegan by adding feta cheese.