There’s More to Life Than Money

It’s easy to stress about about little things, especially when those little things are money. My friend just posted a sign with gas prices at nearly $4.20. Ouch! Last week I had to send a check to the IRS and it still has me bummed out and I can still remember the days of adding up each item as I placed it in the grocery cart to make sure that I had enough money when I got to the checkout.
Here’s a link to a video to remind us that it’s not money that makes us happy; it’s how we see the world. Our attitude towards life and what we do is what makes us happy. Not the paycheck at the end of the week. If you are not happy in your job then don’t stay there. Good people will always find work. I always tell people who hate their jobs “no judge convicted you to a life sentence of working where you do. If you are unhappy then work someplace else.”
Here I go with the lists again, but they really work. Write down everything today that makes you smile. Keep your list handy for when you are having a tough day.

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Simple Truths – We Hope You Enjoyed the movie!

What did you put on your list?

Get Started Running

Lots of people have asked me how they can get started running and what to do about breathing. I am not an expert and I haven’t studied running, but I do run a lot and I know what works for me.

How to get started? Start with walking. Make sure to walk at a pace faster than you would walk regularly. This means that you have to think about what you’re doing and make a conscious effort to walk fast. After you have a few sessions, say a week or a month of walking, you will want to pick up the pace. If you are outside pick two landmarks and try to power walk from one to the other. If you are on a treadmill pick a time span, say 20 seconds for power walking. Return to your first pace and repeat. In a few weeks you will have this down and it’ll be time to pick up the pace. Try this exercise:

  1. Walk at a faster pace than normal for 1 minute
  2. Power walk for 20 seconds
  3. Push your power walk to where it is so fast that it is awkward to walk and take it to a jog.
  4. Go back to step 1 and repeat

Don’t get discouraged if you can’t maintain step 3 for a long time. I am not saying this to make anyone feel better, but I literally could not do step 3 for more than about 10-20 seconds when I started. Move to the next phase when you are comfortable. For some it will be one week, and for others a month or longer.

Once you get the above pattern down what you will want to do is eliminate step 1 or 2 so that you are now going between walking fast and running. Next, what you will want to do is shorten the walking periods and lengthen the running until eventually you find that you no longer need to walk.

How far you decide to take it is up to you. The same principles work for building your mileage as they do for getting started. Build a little each time. Don’t try to go from 1 mile to 5k. Go to 1 ¼ then 1 ½ and so on. We use a term at work, “go slow for speed”. It works here too. Build slowly and you will get to the distance you want to be at faster and injury free.

What about the breathing? Try to keep it as natural as possible. If you are struggling try to count how many steps you take as you inhale and how many you take as you exhale and try to even them out. I counted during yesterday’s run and I was about 2 ½ paces for each. After I got warmed up I was at 2 paces for each inhale and 2 paces for each exhale. Try to relax. Your body knows what to do you just have to let it.

It’s in the Numbers

It is another beautiful day for running today. I got in 7 miles of street and trails with my awesome hubby who noticed too late that I forgot my iPod. Oh man. No tunes. What I am going to do? Math. Most of you think I am crazy for running so much anyway so why not add fuel to the fire and admit to doing math while running?

Have any of you received that email from someone who thought that they were a genius when really not so much? I’m talking about the one that goes:

This is really cool

Take the year you were born

Now add your age

Wow, did you get 2011

It’s amazing; it works for everyone – DUH! Your age plus the year you were born is ALWAYS the current year.

Here was another email guy who was not so smart:

Take the last two digits of the year you were born

Now add your age – for everyone it is 111 = amazing.

WRONG; brainiac. It only works through 1999.

It is pretty cool that there is a 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, and 11/11/11 this year. It’s also pretty cool that 2011 is a prime number. My son just turned 7, which is also prime. My daughter will be 13, another prime number and even scarier; a teenager. I am also turning the prime age of 41 this year. My husband isn’t hitting a prime digit this year, but he is hitting a beautifully obscure number, 54. It’s even. It’s also divisible by 3 and it was Mike Peplowki’s jersey number at MSU. Good thing he never scored 20 points at a home game. (you’ll have to ask a Spartan baritone the relevance of that).

OK, so lots of senseless thinking going on during today’s run, but the point is get out and do it. It will give you more energy. It gets your brain clear and working. You can be guilt free when you dip into your kids Easter baskets. Even though it hurts when you’re doing it you will feel much better afterwards both mentally and physically.

Come Out and Play

Michiganders – it’s beautiful outside c’mon out and play.  Walk, run, or crawl but get outside.  We live in a beautiful state come and take a look.  I know; I know.  I am just as guilty as anyone about complaining about the bad weather we get in the winter, but winter is over and it’s time to play.  When we get these beautiful moments we have to go for it.

I just got back from an awesome 6 mile run where I got to:
-see trees budding
-see tulips coming up
-peek at the new neighbors
-hear the frogs chirping in the metro park
-see the skunk cabbage coming up in the marsh
-run across a snake EEK!
-buy stuff from the Boy Scouts

Check it out.  Get outside and see what you can find

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