As I enter the last two months of training before the Lincoln Half Marathon, I’ve also been reading a lot more about running and thinking about fine tuning my approach to the training plan so I can meet my goals (more on that next week!). February is such a cold and miserable time that it can be hard to get excited about fitness goals, no matter how big or small they may seem. Erika at MCM Mama Runs had some great tips on getting motivated when you’re reluctant to get out there and run or whatever your exercise of choice is. I particularly liked the point about treats – I often daydream about cookies or some other treat during a run and yet end up with a healthy snack at the end of it all. 🙂 I also really liked Emmie’s post this week “No shame in your fitness game” – own how awesome you are in what you’re doing. We get caught up in comparing ourselves with the other people at the gym or on the race course or lamenting the lack of size 2’s at the store. It isn’t about someone else’s journey – like we talked about Wednesday, you can never know what their path has really been. Instead, it’s about ourselves and trying to do a little more each day than we did before.
One more interesting thing to read if you have the time is this article over on Mother Jones about shifts in American food purchasing over the last few years, with a shift toward farmer’s markets and away from processed foods. The changes may be small, but they are certainly interesting. Hopefully we can see enough changes in the landscape to have “big food” providers start to join on making healthier, less processed foods more accessible for families across a wider geographic and economic spectrum than they are currently.
Before you head out for your weekend runs or just to walk around the office today, I have to tell you the most interesting little posture tidbit. In one of the magazines I read flying back and forth to Memphis (no idea which one), I read a “better posture” tip that suggested you “pretend you were wearing a cape.” As a mom of a superhero obsessed little boy, this tidbit stuck in my mind far better than the more prosaic shoulders back and down, back straight, etc.
On my run Tuesday night, I told myself this over and over and not only did I actually keep my posture in check well enough that I didn’t have any of my usual shoulder/neck aches with the run, I felt like I was FLYING and had so much fun. 🙂 Definitely try it out!
I hope everyone has a good weekend! Per usual for Omaha, we’re ending February on a snowy, freezing note. The Omaha weather gods never want us to get too excited about March and the prospect of Spring, I’ve learned.