Here are some tips to maximize your run:
- Relax. You might think that is impossible when your legs are pumping and your breathing is heavy, but try practicing a little relaxation. Start with your shoulders. Drop your shoulders. Relax your arms and your hands. Roll your head, relax your upper muscles. Then move down, relax your hips and let your legs move effortlessly. You’ll find a big difference in your technique, not to mention your overall enjoyment of running once you master the art of relaxation.
- Breath through your nose. Our impulse when we run is to draw in as much air as possible, so that means breathing through your mouth. Try taking deep breaths through your nose. This will not only help with your relaxation but will allow your body to run at a pace that is right for you, rather than forcing a faster pace by breathing heavily through the mouth. Think of yogic postures where you breath in through your right nostril and out through your left.
- Enjoy your surroundings. What better time to notice those spring buds coming up or the blue sky. Even if it’s raining or dark, look up and see the moon and the stars. Feel the rain on your face (it’s quite refreshing!). Running is the perfect pace for enjoying the scenery. Make the most of your runs and see what nature has to say to you.
- Run on the balls of your feet. Try making as little noise as you can while running, avoiding thumping down on your heel. Running shoes are terrible for promoting “light” running with their heavy heel padding. (I will be experimenting with barefoot running soon, stay tuned!) Run as if you are on eggshells, treading lightly while keeping your upper body tilted slightly forward. A lighter runner is a faster and more efficient runner.
- Vary your pace. Running can get monotonous. Pick up your pace if you’re feeling a little frisky, or slow it down if you’re feeling rugged. One of the benefits of running is you can do whatever you want, so run however you feel. Vary your running with sprints, long, slow runs and hills. Not only will you improve your skills, you will find the technique and stride that is right for you.
One of my favorite things about getting married was getting to pick my wedding dress! Every bride is different and has her own style (and budget)! Just for fun, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dresses that I found while I was looking. Oh what fun!
Alice Temperley's Long Jean Dress
Without a doubt, this dress (above) is among my top faves! Maybe it’s the hippy look, the sheer simplicity or the beaded cut-outs, or all the above! I’ll never forget this dress by British designer Alice Temperley. I even had my own dress tailor made to follow the soft, flowing skirt! Simply the best!
Jenny Packham's Claire (left) and Eden (right)
No wedding gown list is complete with mention of Jenny Packham. Having travelled to Toronto’s bridal gown boutique, White, just a few times to try on Ms Packham, I am a huge fan! The gown that first caught my eye from Jenny’s collection is Claire. A dress designed in memory of her friend. Coming in a close second is Eden. Do you see a trend here?
While admittedly I didn’t look at many of Claire’s gowns, Claire Pettibone has a timeless, romantic essence to her dresses that did not go unnoticed. I’m hard-pressed to pick any one Pettibone design simply because I haven’t studied them long enough. But if you like what you see so far, check her out at http://clairepettibone.com/
Without further ado, the designer I love to love… Australian fashionista Johanna Johnson! Right up my alley, Ms Johnson does bridal gowns like no other. Simple (ah, love that word when it comes to weddings) and lovely. What do you get? Simply lovely! She even inspired my jewellery choice, but I’ll save that for another day!
The timeless Johanna Johnson
Not quite over my what does it all mean phase (although I do sense the end is near) I am seeking solace in strong, opinionated women who also happen to be writers.
Having read and absorbed Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel on the subject of marriage (Committed), I took notice of a particular study called the Marriage Benefit Imbalance. Now while this raises much controversy, the imbalance is still a legitimate theory in sociological study. The study argues that women do not benefit from marriage as much as their male partners do. And while current research and discussions surrounding this topic are far more complex than what I’m touching upon, I do believe the work does have its merits.
Besides Gilbert, I recently found myself drawing from another witty and liberated writer, Dorothy Parker. In honor of Ms Parker, herewith are a few of my favorite quotes:
That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.
Constant use had not worn ragged the fabric of their friendship.
Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.
All I need is room enough to lay a hat and a few friends.
If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
Take care of luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.
Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.
Women and elephants never forget.
In the spirit of the new year, I’d like to take a moment and reflect on all that we have. It is far too easy to become mired in the illusions of want and need, so I’ve listed a few things I’m grateful for…
I am grateful for disappointment and consequences. For without these we cannot learn and grow.
I am grateful for the chance to enjoy moments when we are at our most vulnerable. Realizing the importance of living through these moments so we can push ourselves to become stronger.
I am grateful to be cognizant. To be aware of myself and my thoughts, however unsettling, intense or afflicted as they may be.
I’m grateful to be here, to be living this life. If we allow it, life has many lessons to teach us each day.
And I’m grateful for personal absolution. For the ability to release myself from past mistakes and move forward into the future with hope and optimism.
Happy new year everybody..
- I am a listaholic
- I write lists within lists
- I date my lists
- I have lists on my computer
- I keep lists in journals and notepads around the house
I love lists because they make me feel organized and in-control. Primarily I write lists about the things and stuff I need to do. I even have a list of things to ponder. I’ve tried to stop writing lists, after I’ve written it in a list. For example number one on my “To Ponder” list was “stop writing lists”.
Number two on the list was “travel”. And since I am going to travel I can now add the feeling of accomplishment to the list of things I love about lists. Organized, in-control, and accomplished!
Bullets are something I think about. I consider whether the list should be numbered or have dashes or dots. I tend not to use numbers unless I want to prioritize things. But generally I don’t like to feel any pressure from my lists. Sometimes I put brackets around the dashes, just to change things up a little bit. And sometimes I leave items floating without any demarkation.
Not very often, but on occasion, the list requires a diagram. I’ve also been know to sketch a little and even use color when necessary. Now, if you will excuse me, I must get back to my lists.
I’m regressing, here… folks.
Rather than making forward progress I am retreating further into my cocoon. A little over a week since we’ve been back from our trip and the magnitude of where we were and what we just saw is hitting me now. Allow me to illustrate …
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
This is me chilling on the top of our junk (ship) boat in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. We had just spent the night in a small cabin on this boat. We met some really awesome friends, sang karaoke and drank strong vodka together. Awesome!
Angkor Temples, Cambodia
This is in Cambodia, at the Angkor Temples. The large body of water before me was once the King’s bathtub! The grandiose temples that once stood are awe-inspiring and mind-blowing. The experience left me humbled by the civilization that once existed here.
And certainly not least of all awesome activities, is lying in a hammock. A hammock pro, I purchased my ‘mock in Vietnam for the bargain-basement price of 100,000 dong (about five bucks), and proceeded to laze all over south east Asia in it.
Gili Air, Indonesia
So forgive me a moment, while I nostalgically bid adieu to a really awesome trip.