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Functional fitness training: Is it right for you?

Do you live to exercise? Unless you're an elite athlete, you probably answered no to that question. Most people, in fact, would say they exercise to improve their quality of life. And that's...
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Always a beautiful day for a run!

    I loooove to run!! I have decided to blog about  a recent run because someone mentioned to me that they found it was interesting that I “do things” while I run. This is true. I will often answer a text, take a call if I have to and stop to smell the flowers. I sometimes take photos and I will stop to chat with people. Does this interrupt of affect my run? Heck no! I enjoy the whole experience.

    This is a shot I took while running along a field at the beginning of a long 20k run into town. By the way, I love cows, I find them interesting and somewhat cute, which is a little disturbing since I do enjoy a juicy steak now and then.

    You see… Running is very calming and relaxing to me. I know that perhaps some of you might be wondering, how running is “relaxing”. I could go into the scientific relationship of it all but quite simply there are a few things that send me to my happy place; Adrenaline pumping and endorphins circulating in my body allow for clarity of my thoughts. Being at peace with myself and the world around me, I detoxify and rid my body of any negative feelings that I may have lingering that day. Breathing in fresh mountain air on a warm day with everything that mother nature has to offer, ahhhhhh.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite capture the sounds of frogs croaking on this beautiful day.. you just may have go out running too 🙂

    This next shot is of the Sheep River that I often run along. On a hot day it is generally jam-packed full of children playing, families and friends floating down stream. Often you can see many creatures bathing, cooling off or drinking from the green-colored water. This connection with nature’s beauty allows for much peace and tranquility.

     

    Running itself can be very grounding. Grounding meaning that connection with mother earth that I have written about. Perhaps why the new trend of barefoot running has become so popular these days. I vaguely remember as a kid, my friends would be running around barefoot and I always had something on my feet, except in the river though… maybe I will give it a try some day.

     

    Now don’t get me wrong, although I am not super competitive, I definitely do enjoy a good, hard run/workout once in a while. Like during a race or I will often mix it up with some sprints, maybe some hills and of course, stair reps.

    The photo on the left, are some stairs that I like to often throw into a long run. An excellent addition to building stamina and losing some “winter coating” 😉

    Until next time, happy trails!