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These aren't really ancient rules carved into some stone tablet. There's no handbook with these three rules printed on them you have to sign before lacing up a pair of sneakers. These are my three rules of running.
Here you go:
- Run for yourself Some people run to work on their six pack abs to impress others. Some people run to try and finish in the top five so they can brag to their friends, family, and co-workers. Don't do this. Run because you love to run. Run because you want to be healthy. Run because you want to prove to yourself you can run faster and farther than you ever thought possible.
- Don't run hurt Running is a way to improve your health, not to damage it. If you don't feel right, stop. Don't try and push through the pain. There's a difference between good pain and bad pain, and don't try and fool yourself that the latter is the former. You're only going to put yourself on the sofa for an extended period of time if you try running through an injury.
- Engage with others While this might seem contradictory to rule number one, the idea is simple enough. You can run for yourself while still supporting and seeking the support of others. Just keep a clear head and make sure you can tell the difference between motivation and jealous competition. Working out with others can be a great social bonding experience, and by helping one another you can all improve your fitness and spirit.
There's nothing here that's going to end up on the news or become the foundation of a new philosophy. Its just the way I try to live my life. I hope you find the three rules useful as well.
Here are a few more tips:
Now, lets lace up and run!
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I am more of a long distance runner than I ever was anything short, and I was never a big sprinter. However, I still love watching all the track & field events in the Rio Olympics. This week was especially exciting and motivational.
The other night I had the TV on and was not really paying full attention to the events, and then for some reason I decided to take a break from what I was doing, sit down, and watch the next race. It was the women's 100m hurdles, something I never ever personally ran aside from messing around with a few friends now and then.
Regardless, there were three Americans in it, so I figured what the heck. I might as well watch as its going to be quick anyway. And quick it was.
What was crazy is that for the first time in history, these three American ladies finished the event in first, second, and third place, bringing home all three medals in this one event to America. How amazing!
For the record, their names are
- Nia Ali
- Brianna Rollins
- Kristi Castlin
These are three very special ladies that will surely share this bond for a long time. You can see the three of them together post event here.
I know I was never a star athlete, and as I said before, short races were never my thing, but still I find this to be a very motivational tale. All three of these women worked so hard individually and together to get into this race. Then, they kept working to make sure they all finished in the top spots.
It just shows how much a lot of hard work and dedication can pay off. This is the kind of story that helps get me out of bed early and into my running shoes. Great work ladies!
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A compass is a device that has been around for decades and had helped people get through places that they have never been. It is something that you will find in the pockets of seasoned hikers, campers, and backpackers even at this time wherein everything is modern. That is because when you have the best survival compass, you will always have a reliable navigator. It will not run out of battery power, it does not need an internet connection, and it can survive exposure to water and other environmental factors.
However, if you have never held a compass before, you might get confused with the different parts or features that you might read when you start shopping for one. Hence, it is important that you understand what are those and what they are for so that you know what you are about to buy. Basically, you will find a pointer inside the face or house of the compass. This is the so-called needle or magnetized needle. Of course, as some of you already know, this is the one that will be moving when you change directions.
When see or hear the words azimuth ring or rotating bezel, this is simply the rings that have been marked with degrees which range from zero to 360. This is a guide for navigation. The baseplate, on the other hand, is simply the flat area that is transparent wherein markings for navigation are present, as well as rulers for you to be able to measure the distances of the map. The last basic feature of a compass is termed as the orienting arrows and lines. They are usually markings that can be found inside the needle's housing and on top of the baseplate. These are usually parts that are helpful in accomplishing your navigational tasks. . Some manufacturers will add useful features that you might want to look for as well but not necessary. A magnifying lens is usually included in the baseplate that can be a great tool if you need to magnify the details of a map. Walking through your hiking path at night time will be much easier if your compass has luminescent indicators. As the name implies, they are features that can help give light to your compass.
Today that the world is more modern, some companies have also added some advanced features that you should be aware of. One is the declination adjustment which can be used to adjust the difference between the true magnetic and the magnetic north. For you to be able to have a compass that can give emergency signals and can help you have a more precise aim, then the sighting mirror is a feature that you must look for.
On the other hand, if you love to travel in steep slopes or areas, a compass with a clinometer will be a good buddy. That is because it is responsible for measuring vertical angles, object heights, and avalanche hazard assessments. These are just the some of the features that will come handy during your trips. There are other features but are more specific to particular adventures.
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You know I love running, but every professional athlete has to change their training regime to try and reach their maximum potential. What I mean is that you cannot only do or play your sport to try and get better. You have to train in other ways as well.
Basketball players don’t only play basketball. They have strength and conditioning programs that help them improve their ability to meet the physical demands that playing basketball requires. Football, soccer, and even professional fighting does the same thing.
Why shouldn’t runners?
Here are some ideas for mixing up your workout routines.
Swing an Axe
That’s right. There are some great outdoors exercises that help put a little lean muscle on while working your cardio. One of my favorites is helping to split firewood when I’m out at a family cabin.
Even though you only need to wood in the fall and winter, it’s a task you can do all year long. You also don’t need a lot of extra equipment to do it, which is nice on your wallet.
If you don’t already have one, you’re going to need to get a splitting maul or axe. You don’t need to get the best splitting axe money can buy unless you plan on becoming a professional lumberjack, but get something that won’t fall apart.
Then, you simply learn the swing, and get to work. If you’ve never done anything like this before, you’ll be surprised how winded you get, and much of a full body workout it is.
Instead of going from point A to point B horizontally, try a new challenge- go up!
That’s right, rock climbing is another great way to put on some lean muscle without the fear of getting bulky, while working on your cardio.
You can do this outdoors, or indoors at a rock climbing gym like this one if you’re more of a city person.
It does require a little gear and a partner to make sure you’re safe, but it’s so much fun it might replace running as your number one workout or sport.
Dance, Dance, Baby
That’s right. You can help get your running body into shape and have a lot of fun at the same time.
There’s nothing wrong with cutting up the rug, and it’s great for your cardio. Certain types of dance like salsa really work your wind.
You of course don’t need to go the super formal rout and just hitting a club with your friends now and then is great too, but don’t get too crazy with the spirits as that might counter anything healthy you’re doing.
The great thing about this type of activity is it’s something you can do almost anywhere and you really don’t need any special equipment, other than some nice clothes if you’re going out.
As you can see, whether you are in the city or country, or whether you’re an outdoors person or prefer indoor settings, there are plenty of ways to improve your running game without just trying to run more. Even better, you can have a blast while doing them.
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Changing to a vegan lifestyle isn’t for everyone. It takes determination and willpower to both decide to make the change and then to stick to it after you do.
But, there are a lot of pros to making the choice. Here are some of them.
3 Pros for Living a Vegan Lifestyle
The cons of switching to a more restrictive lifestyle are obvious. You can’t go around using and eating anything you want without concern for the damage you leave in your wake. There are pros too, so give them serious though before you turn up your nose and dismiss the idea.
It’s Healthier for You
While many people switch to living a vegan lifestyle do so because of their moral beliefs, it doesn’t mean they don’t personally benefit from it as well. One of the bigger personal benefits is that it’s better for your health.
Since vegans are extremely concerned about not only the type of food they eat but the sourcing of the food they eat, they limit the amount of harmful additives that enter their bodies. Focusing on meat-free foods that are treating with care naturally means you are fueling your body with only the nutrients it needs. You are leaving out all the garbage.
Think About Your Children
If you have or someday want children, your switch to veganism is beneficial to them as well. Every single product you use has some sort of effect on the Earth. And, since we all share the planet, That means whatever you use affects all of us, including your children.
For instance, many popular consumer products are packed full of harmful chemicals. When you buy a leading brand’s shampoo and use, where you do think those chemicals go after you wash them out of your hair? They go down the drain and into the water supply and ground.
However, if you switch to a vegan shampoo that only uses cruelty-free natural ingredients, you aren’t contributing to that problem.
It Can Save You Money
Believe it or not, living as a vegan can be cheaper than living as a non-vegan. One of the biggest reasons for this is actually your diet.
Meat is one of the most expensive food groups there is. When you cut out all forms of meat from your diet, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars a month.
If you take your change to the far extreme end of things and decide to minimize your use of gasoline, just image the saving your can have. You will spend more time on a bike or using buses, so you won’t have to have an expensive car, and you won’t have to pay for gas all the time.
That doesn’t mean you have to give up driving all together, but by minimize how much you do, you can save thousands of dollars a year.
It’s true that deciding to become a vegan is going to take a bit of a sacrifice. It’s not something everyone will be able to handle. But, there are plenty of pros as well, both personal and for your loved ones that make it worthwhile.