“There are some people who could hear you speak a thousand words, and still not understand you. And there are others who will understand — without you even speaking a word.”—Yasmin Mogahed (via vangoghmygod)
hi there! i've always wanted to run and call myself a runner, and I think finally tomorrow I will start! have any tips for this beginner? i'm extremely new to this and don't know what is right or wrong. thanks!
1. good for you for wanting to start — I hated running, and even though I don’t have the motivation always, I have learned to like it quite a bit.
2. warm up by walking a little bit and stretching (but! make sure you don’t stretch muscles that aren’t ready to be stretched/that aren’t warmed up — you could get an injury)! your muscles will thank you later.
3. after the walking and stretching, transition into a light jog, whatever pace is comfortable for you! (remember to drink water too!)
4. don’t push too hard on your first couple of runs! get into a comfortable pace and stick with that — going too many miles may cause injury if your body isn’t conditioned for it.
5. side cramps will come, or cramps near your collar bone, are normal to some degree. it means you’re not conditioned yet on a breathing pattern. try to push through them and fix the way you breathe. (for me I breathe in through the nose for two steps and breathe out through the mouth in one to two steps). you’ve just got to try to control it.
6. cool down with a short walk and then stretch again.
For the other runners that follow me, anything I am missing?
You’ll rock it out and soon you’ll be signing up for races! My first race as a runner was a 15k, but it took an entire spring/summer to train. Keep a steady routine and you’ll be loving the benefits of a healthy workout in no time!
“Does he treat you with respect at all times? That’s the first question. The second question is, if he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, would you still want to marry him? And finally, does he inspire to be a better person? You find someone you can answer yes to all three, then you’ve found a good man.”—Colleen Hoover, Slammed (via kvtes)
“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is, “It’s okay.” It’s okay for me to be kind to myself. It’s okay to be wrong. It’s okay to get mad. It’s okay to be flawed. It’s okay to be happy. It’s okay to move on.”—Hayley Williams (via mistaaaaay)
Pretend that one of your dearest friends has come to you with your exact situation. What would you tell her?
I’m guessing you’d be supportive, sympathetic and compassionate.
You’d tell her that she’s a strong, smart woman who is beyond capable of reaching her goal. That any setbacks are temporary, not a reason to throw in the proverbial towel. And that you’re there for her in whatever capacity she needs. Because you know all she needs is some loving support and a little pep talk.
See that? I’m just reminding you of what you already know. The only leap you need to take is talking to yourself the same way.
“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”—
Numb fingers. Black ice. Risk of frostbite. These are all common reasons to skip running outside in Winter and take refuge in a warm, dry gym. Treadmills might feel safer, but you might even find the workout feels a little easier. Don’t sell yourself short! Use these tips to upgrade your treadmill time and maximize the benefits of your run.
good workout tips for winter-time running at the gym —
“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”—John Piper, A Hunger for God
“The female doesn’t want a rich man or a handsome man or even a poet, she wants a man who understands her eyes if she gets sad, and points to his chest and says: “Here is your home country.””—Nizar Qabbani (via kvtes)
“I go through phases. Some days I feel like the person I’m supposed to be, and then some days I turn into no one at all. There is both me and my silhouette. I hope that on the days you find me and all I am are darkened lines, you still are willing to be near me.”—Mary Kate Teske (via onlinecounsellingcollege)