It’s that time of year again, the geese are confused and back early here up in Canada, the trees are budding and the snow is pretty much gone in most areas!
I’m not going to miss the cold that much, but as we ease into this lovely new Equinox, I want to tell you about 3 Spring Must-Haves that should be in your outdoor running toolkit!
Nike Running Club: Ask your friends to add you, stay accountable to yourself, get reminders sent directly to your phone! This app keeps me in check. I love sneaking a peek at the weekly leader board to see where I am ranking against my friends – a little good healthy competition never hurts your motivation to lace on up, and head on out for one of those 5 am 5Ks I’ve been telling you about! 😉
Deep Blue Rub: I recently discovered this product and I’ve switched from Deep Relief/A535 as this dōTERRA cream/rub is infused with the Deep Blue Soothing Blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and gives you a cooling and warmth sensation that helps problem areas! Getting back into outdoor running can be a challenge, but Deep Blue is your buddy that helps those achy muscles you feel when you’re getting old ;))
10% Happier by Dan Harris: I picked this book up as a reco from my buddy Doug Foley over at The Happiness of Pursuit. Dan Harris in this well-written book, makes fun of himself in ways that I connected with, pointed out similarities that I never thought him and I would have, and makes you realize that meditation, self-awareness and reflection are easily able to help us become that much happier (at least 10% ;)). His journey through to meditation and self-realization are inspiring and attainable!
The running app keeps me accountable, the Deep Blue keeps my tired muscles happy and on point, and 10% Happier keeps me in-check to mentally re-set when I need it, and power through those tough moments when you’d rather turn around and go home to sleep in your gym clothes! *Maybe that’s only me? 😉
Happy Training, lovely people!
There is something really refreshing about running in the rain, yet I shy away from actually doing it often, because I’m afraid of getting soaked. I’m made of sugar you know.. so I will obviously melt 😉
I was running the other day, and I saw the gray cloud looming over my head, and internally I scoffed at Mother Nature’s cloud and was thinking that I’d for sure beat the rain. I was sure that I could out run the cloud, but in hindsight was very wrong.
I was stuck under a little wooden bridge, mostly stuck there on the premise that I did not in fact have shelter for my iPhone and didn’t want in fact want to risk its functionality on account of a ‘little’ rain. I watched the rain drops hit the little stream that goes under the bridge and was surveying my options. It slowed down for a little awhile and as I was about to make my getaway, the sky opened and dropped some buckets onto to Cobalt as I stood there. I could have phoned a friend I suppose…. like on that show Who Wants to be a Millionaire or Cash Cab, but no one would have felt sorry for me at all… haha
As the rain let up a second time, off I went, hesitantly risking my own melting and demise (Fact: This is not true at all. I will never melt in rain, unless it’s acid hydrochloric rain?!) It was a calm rain for a little bit, but then reverted back to torrential. I put my iPhone inside my two shirts and under my sports bra in hopes of shielding it from the rain and continued on my run.
Tips for running in the rain:
1) Embrace it; laugh about it; dance in puddles – bring out the inner child in yourself that hasn’t done anything super fun in a long time. You’ll be happy that you did!
2) Try and have a dry place to store your electronics. Sometimes I even run with a little baggie in my sports capris pocket for occasions like a random rain storm. As fun as dancing in the rain is, you don’t have to have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new iPhone 😉
I hadn’t felt that refreshed in a really long time. I also must have looked a little bit crazy laughing in the rain. It was just what I needed.