4 miles easy pace, overcast & 71 degree
Looking and feeling great is more than coincidental. Online stylist Elysha Lenkin offers one of the best advises I have heard. Which is setting your intention to look and feel your best everyday. She gives practical suggestions on how to develop your morning routine that will have you well put together inside out. I highly recommend a read. Let me know what do you think in the comment below.
The best morning routine starts with intention. It’s about giving yourself time to fully connect with your day so you have less stress and more ease.
Source: The Best Morning Routine To Look And Feel Your Best Everyday
5 miles (steady pace 3 &4), sunny & 75 degree
For most of us, there is a gap between our dream and reality. Do we go after our dream or deal with our reality, that is the question.
I believe the answer is to go after your dream if you can afford to.
Personally, over thirty years, my reality was making a living. I had a young family. Paying bills was important. And as my career advanced, same did my salary and material conditions of my family.
Now retired, making a living is no longer a driver for me. In other words, I can afford to pursue my dream. What do I want my dream/ life to be? Is there any carryovers between what my profession was and what I want in life?
I believe the answer is yes.
To be continued.
7 miles easy pace, cloudy & 78 degree
For close to a year, I have been living vicariously through someone. Yes, indeed.
You see, I have been campaigning for this candidate who is running in a competitive race for a seat on the local government council. Competitive because there are thirty-three candidates (thirty-seven including the opposition party) for 4 open seats.
During these time, I knock on stranger’s doors to introduce my candidate to them. I put up yard sign declaring my support to him. I march in parades with my candidate observing him working the crowds. Shaking hands tirelessly. And so on.
Through the campaign events (and I don’t see but a fraction of them), I always wonder where does my candidate get his energy? What motivates him to campaign day after day? How does he interact with his supporters?
To say it’s passion is like running a marathon by reading about it. With the Primary only a few days away, the emotional pressure is mounting. Sure I love to see my candidate win. Perhaps my vicarious living will continue, or not. At least I am enjoying the process for now.
Are you ready for the midterm elections?
5 miles easy pace (fartlek in mile 4), humid & 79 degree
Yesterday, the outdoor temperature was 83 degree while I ran. It was so hot, sweats kept on pouring out of my body, soaking my gears, and salting my eyes. Not one of my better runs. Instead of “toughing it out,” I deferred my fartlek to today.
This morning, I was determined to bring the fun back into my runs. Therefore, I got up and started running earlier. Taking advantage of the cooler temperature (even just a few degrees), I was able to incorporate fartlek into my scheduled workout.
Balancing fun and fitness is a priority of mine in this training season. Fun means not be bounded by a rigid schedule but guided by how I feel and what my body is telling me. And fitness can only be achieved if I stay injury free.
Do you think no pain no gain? Or fun & fitness can go hand-in-hand?
16 miles easy pace (168 minutes), sunny & 72 degree
After a long run like today’s, I am spent. For the balance of the day, I would be content not start anything that requires me to lift a finger. Just want to find a rock and crawl under it. Leave me alone.
That is what I hoped, but reality turned out quite different.
Here are what actually happened: 1) family minivan won’t start. Had to get a tow truck to get it to the shop. 2) Son #2 flew in today and needed to be pick up from the airport. 3) Early voting going on for day #3 whether I ran 16 or no mile.
Not complaining here. Just to illustrate that we don’t always get what we want. At least for me not today. Thank goodness, tomorrow will be a brand new day.
How was your day? Nice and relaxing?
candidate signs at early voting center
3 miles easy pace, sunny & 72 degree
For nearly a year, I have been campaigning on behalf of a candidate running for local political seat. The Primary election is in 10 days, but the early voting has started yesterday. Thus the push for the home stretch is on.
Winning the primary means passage to the general election in November. Otherwise, it is pack up and go home. Canvassing, parades, meet and greets, and fundraisers, etc. all will be a thing of the past. At least I get to keep the t-shirt.
Judging by the signage in front of the early voting center (pictured above), easy to see how fierce the competitions are. If nothing else, these candidates’ stamina are admirable. Bring it home as the saying goes. I bet that they will make great marathoners.
My hat off to all the candidates.