My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


When Training Slips, Watch the Self Talk | Salty Running

Forgiveness for our setbacks is one of the most important gifts we can give ourselves as runners, but it’s also one of the most difficult parts of our training. For me, it helps to remember that I run because I want to be a better person, not just a faster athlete, and the person I want to be loves herself and prioritizes her physical and mental well-being.
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When Training Slips, Watch the Self Talk – Salty Running

The sun is out & the weather is warming up, so I’m challenging myself to be a better blogger & get back to a regular exercise routine.  For the month of April I will be blogging daily & taking a walk.  I currently feel like arthritis has taken over my body, so gentle daily exercise is especially important now.

I have been very irregular with getting my exercise in for a the last few months (okay, several months), so this article from Cinnamon over at Salty Running seemed apropos.  We all have setbacks, & beating yourself up over it does nobody any good, least of all you.  So be gentle, be forgiving, & be inspired to keep trying.

There is a Japanese proverb that fits here: “Fall down seven times & stand up eight.”




71 Resources to Run Better Today | Greatist

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National Running Day: 71 Resources to Run Better Today | Greatist

While I have been a blogging slacker, I have not been a running slacker! Not going as regularly as I had planned the last few weeks, but considering how sick I’ve been combined with holidays & extreme weather, I’d say for me to be out there doing anything is a win.

It’s no longer National Running Day, but here is a Greatist collection of 71 links to information to help you be a better runner.

71 Resources to Run Better Today

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Zombies, Run! 5K Training Week 1

Screenshot of my completed mission screen for week 1, from

Screenshot of my completed mission screen for week 1, from

You’re Runner 5, a vital member of one of the last outposts of humanity at Abel Township. Over the course of an eight week, 25 workout training programme, you’re trained to help collect supplies and protect the town from the encroaching zombie apocalypse.
Zombies, Run! 5K Training site

Back on the horse! Finally, I started, & finished, the first week of Zombies, Run! 5K training program. Yay!  I’m glad to finally be excited about running again.

It took a little longer than planned.  I planned to finish it Friday, but I had an out-of-town appointment & the day got away from me.  Then I was going to make it up Saturday, but Saturday started out bad & got worse.  I had a depressive episode & it took most of the day for my boyfriend to get me to stop crying & get out of bed.  Sunday, it poured all day.  So Monday, Monday it was!  I had considered just skipping w1d3 & going right to w2d1, but decided it would be easy enough to still get my W2 runs in this week.

I’m still slow, but I was pleased I was able to run the entire 10mins of the free form runs.  I hadn’t really doubted I could, but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to.  It’s been months since I’ve run for that long. >_< Continue reading


Running Recovery Yin Practice

Trying to get myself motivated to blog here again, but honestly I’m having trouble doing it. I have plenty to talk about, personal issues, articles, & other blogs to share, but eh, you know how it goes. I’m either on or I’m off; when I get off track it takes a while to get back on.

And change – you know how I am with change. Getting a boyfriend for the first time in ten years & moving in with him is a pretty big change. Three months later & I’m still having trouble getting back into the old routine (sad because I live across the street from a beautiful lakeside nature trail where there are other runners).

Here is a post from Anytime Yoga I just ran across & thought sharing this would be a great way to creep back in. She shares her asana sequence she uses to relax her muscles for running.

I was digging through my reader, so you might see a few reblogs in the days ahead. Hopefully you will also see some things from me soon enough, especially some reports on the Zombie, Run! 5K app.

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NIH study shows people with serious mental illnesses can lose weight, March 21, 2013 News Release – National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Since the article has no images, it seemed like a good time to break out the emergency blog kitten.
(source: The Frogman)

NIH study shows people with serious mental illnesses can lose weight, March 21, 2013 News Release – National Institutes of Health (NIH)

People with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression can lose weight and keep it off through a modified lifestyle intervention program, a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded study reported online today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

This is one of those studies I read that made my head a’splode.  Not because I don’t agree with the mentally ill losing weight, you know I certainly support healthy behaviors regardless of a weight loss goal, but because it is one of those studies where they draw their conclusions based on things that will never work in the real world.

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Happy Birthday To Me!

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey (Brainy Quote)

Today is my birthday.  I had another post planned, but decided to go with something more appropriate to the occasion.

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Update: Feb 18-24, 2013

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. ”
~Joseph Campbell (Goodreads)

Okay, so I’ve been slacking for a couple of weeks.  I did a few runs, but have mostly done nothing.  Tomorrow though I am restarting the HH 10K program.  Refocused & back to good!  But even with the slacking I have noticed lately in other activities I’ve been getting up to, I am stronger & more flexible.  I’m quite impressed with myself.

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