Myth: A new year, a new you.

0565f5d79464b848041f9a4eb2f74ad9It’s a saying we all hear floating around this time of year as everyone frantically tries to set ambitious new years goals. While goal setting is forward thinking, saying 2016 will be the year where people will be introduced to a dramatically different you is  farfetched and unrealistic. I’m not saying you can’t work towards becoming a better person but instead there are better means of doing so. Instead of the lofty, “A new year, a new me”, I believe in “New year, new habits”.

Despite how closely the two saying resemble each other, one aims to strive for a nearly perfect you, while the other takes into consideration your humnally tendency to fall short at times. Regardless you can strive to form long term habits which will translate over into the new person others see you as. This saying speaks for itself in many ways; therefore if you desire to accomplish the goals you have set out for 2016 it will require constancy and diligence. Whether you desire to shape up or love others more you have to work hard at it daily and know your not perfect. You may find it hard at times when you find yourself falling way short of the goal but that should serve as even more motivation to work even harder. When the last day of 2016 roles around and you take time to self reflect, you will be pleased to know that the journey you bestowed upon has made you the person you set out to be.

Thank you all for reading. Cheers on 2016. Comment with your thoughts and share to those who think this post may motivate.

 

Is running purely painful or pleasure?

Over the years I have encountered a good amount of people who ask, “How is running fun?” or “Are you not suffering when you run?”. I can’t help but to think of a good response. A majority of the time I will answer it is painful, it’s not always easy. That answer always strikes a conversation. Who enjoys pain? What could you possibly get out of a dreadful activity? Why not just do some P90x or insanity to get in shape? As a reply to these questions, I care more to see what you other runners would say. I am well aware that running won’t always be seen like this:

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I can assure you this picture was not taken 20 miles into the marathon. Even if it was I would not be surprised, the man might have some Taraumara in him. In short, I can say I run most of the time with the goal of punishing myself. How I handle the punishment will determine what type of runner/person I am. Running a 1,600 feet climb over the course of a mile never sounds pain free. However the reward comes at the end of the run. I can either assure myself that my mental and physical strength  were strong enough to help me get through my run or I can man up and face the fact I was too much of weakling to conquer my run. If you are thinking I am being too hard on myself, I’m not. Every human has limits, we however are not able to reach those limits. Just when you think you have nothing, there is always something deep down that will push you to great measure. I said it, your question has been answered. Every runner has their own take on it. Each opinion lets you see why a runner runs and what motivates them to do this on a regular basis.

Therefore I am interested in hearing from you, runner or not. Is running a painful or pleasure-filled experience for you? If you don’t run, how do you perceive those of us who do?

Why do you run?

As a runner I have always struggled to answer the question, “Why do you run?”. It’s a simple question but I did not have an answer to fully satisfy the question. However, as I was running  things began to solidify. I began to understand why I am motivated to go out everyday and run. Despite how I feel, I always have the desire to run. All runners have a side of them that strives to reach those personal goals; in the end, the reasons that resonate deep down are what keep a runner loving what they do. Today was one of those days. I decided to run a quick 30 minute run. My intentions were to push every mile and to suffer through the pain. As I was running, certain thoughts and memories would come up that I face in my life today.  At points in the run where I was out of breath and could not push it anymore; I would tell myself pain only hurts.

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Whether I am filled with anger, happiness, or sadness, running is my outlet. I can use hills as a punching bag, or downhills as a reward. No matter how hard my run is I know there is always an end. As hard as things may be, life always has a way of working out. For those who have asked me this question, here you go, this is why I run. Every runner has his/her own reason to why they run but what unites us all are the challenges and rewards running has to offer. A runner can freely discuss their interest about the lifestyle and there is always a person there who can relate and share the same experience.  This here my friend is why I write, I acknowledge there is someone out  there who can relate to my running lifestyle.

I have always wondered, Why do you run?

Boston Marathon!

Today 2 people died, and many were injured. My heart breaks for those who witnessed this tragic event and had to suffer from the explosions. All we have are our prayers and our encouragement to offer the people of Boston. May God bless those who ran across the finish line and into the hospitals to donate blood for the victims. In times like these we should be thankful for what we have and focus less on the things that are insignificant in our lives but more on our friends and family.

Running Shoe problems!

For awhile now I’ve struggled with picking out the right pair of running shoes. I got into minimal running about a year ago and I thoroughly enjoy it. However, it does have it’s downsides. 

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I own the New Balance Minimus Trail zero. Weighing in at only 4.4 ounces, it’s lighter than the lightest track shoes. Despite having the looks and being extremely light, the shoes have terrible wear and tear. Asides from all of the specs Minimal shoes have their downsides. On my daily runs I do not stretch, simply because I feel no need to. At this point I experience some occasional lower back pain after my runs. My only problem while running in my old, fully cushioned Asics was that I literally felt like I was picking up a five pound weight on each foot, thus resulting in me getting into minimal running. So in attempt to resolve these problems, I will be looking to invest in some road shoes from New Balance’s Minimal line. 

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While I am not sure the MINIMUS 10V2 are the solution to my problems, they’re defiantly the step in the right direction. If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that everyone doesn’t run the same or is biomedically engineered (Born to Run insider) the same. But what we do have in common is that we all aspire to find he proper gear to make our runs more fun and efficient.

 

How do you select your shoes? Have you found you’re perfect pair?

Liebster Award Nomination

Hello everyone, I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by a fellow blogger, Reflections of a single girl. I just learned about his nomination and I would like to first thank Mariel for nominating me. To accept my nomination I will answer the questions that she has prepared for me. I will then nominate eleven bloggers and come up with quetions for them to answer. Enjoy 🙂

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1.  If you could have one song as the theme song for your life, which song would it be?

Easy. I chose Jason Mraz’s song Living in the Moment. Rather than me explaining why I live by this song you should check it out, it speaks for itself.

2.  Do you believe that it is better to have loved and lost than to never loved at all?

Absolutely. I acknowledge I am young and I still have time to find the right girl but if it came down to it I would want to experience one of life’s greatest gifts, even if it’s for a short time.

3.  What can always bring a smile to your face?

My sister. We are both similar in many ways. She understands my type of humor and knows how to brighten up my day. This doesn’t go to say she’s an angel because she can still annoy me. But at the end of the day I will always love her.

4.  Words you live by?

As cliche as it might sound, live everyday as if it’s your last.

5.  Biggest fear?

I am a man I don’t fear anything… Except when I am driving and a big fly comes into my car and I go wild screaming and shouting.

6.  What is your favorite book?

I am not much of a reader but boy was Born to Run an amazing book. I’m a big fan of National Geographic and Runner’s world because they’re consistent reading materials that I can rely on.

7.  What do you believe are your  three best qualities?

I don’t know what my BEST qualities are but I work on being a loving, knowledgeable and happy person on a daily basis.

8.  If you could have any super power what would it be?

I would love to fly. As heavy as humans are it would be amazing to leave the ground for an hour or two, plus I could easily avoid traffic jams.

9.  If you could marry a movie star would you? Who?

Simply put, Mila Kunis. She is smart, funny and beautiful. I also loved That 70s show. If anyone has connection, we need to talk 🙂

10.  What is the most important thing life has taught you.

Honestly life has not taught me much. I personally believe that in a couple of years when I am in my late twenties I will learn some valuable lessons.

11.  What is your funniest childhood story of yourself?

My mom told me when I was young and in Ethiopia my parents did not know if I was going to be a boy or a girl. So they accumulated all of these cloths for boys and girls. I ended up wearing girly cloth until I outgrew them.

Here are my nominations:

1. Fit Recovery

2. The Running Teacher’s Blog

3.  Teach to run

4. Unsporty Women can run

5. la petite runner

6. Love and anthropology

7. A promise to dad

8. It’s a Marathon AND a Sprint 

9. Keep up with the Fenders

10. yogisguidetohealth

Last but not least 🙂

11. Grey Cells on the Run

And the nominees will answer:

1. Where do you see yourself in five years?

2. Do you run? If so, why do you do it?

3. What do you value the most?

4. What song, food and drink would you not mind having for weeks?

5. Who is you biggest inspiration?

6. Guilty pleasure?

7. Describe yourself in three words.

8. If Bill Gates could buy you one thing, what would that one thing be?

9. What is your favorite book?

10. If you could live anywhere in the would, where would that be? Why?

11. What do you blog?

A world that runs.

Have you ever imagined what this world would be like without violence, who hasn’t. But more importantly what would this world be like if everyone ran, now this is what goes through my mind. Instead of addressing problems like violence, drugs, poverty and disease individually, we have to gear towards a more collectivized answer. What might that be?

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Running. Running is the cheapest form of therapy, yet the most effective. People often feel the need to seek out the guidance of a doctor when all they are being payed to do is to sit and have an ordinary conversation. In those minutes the patient relives their struggles and pains that they are going through in their life. The same goes with running, but what’s different? Your body suffers physically and mentally. After running your course, you learn the true meaning of life and that what you are going through is only temporary. Pain is inevitable, you just have to embrace it. There’s always the easiest part of the course, it’s up to you to live in the moment so that when that time comes, you will know that the difficult times played to your advantage.

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Going along with your therapy bill comes a hospital bill. In most instances people end up in rooms like the one above because they failed to take care of their health. As cliche as exercise might be, it is not a surprise that it works best. Running in particular builds discipline and  a passion for fitness. One who runs only suffers from having incredibly amazing health. The number one thing I strive to work towards is discipline. I continue to train my body to crave running, in return I get all of the added benefits. There’s no need to train yourself for a healthy diet because you will instantly want to eat well , so that your body won’t lack the energy or motivation to run more.

 

This all goes to say my answer for our problems is running. Running’s ability to improve your mental state will not only save you money and time but it will allow you to minister onto other the true meaning of life.

 

The politics of running!

If there is one great thing about running that we can all agree on, it’s that there are absolutely no politics involved. Running is an activity where conservatives and liberals can share the pains and joys of the sport. We can look beyond our differences and focus on our true passion. There’s no need to look for middle grounds or bipartisan agreements.

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The picture above is from the 2012 women’s 5000 meter race. There are about seven countries running in the race, that’s seven different cultures. These countries were able to put aside the hatred that may have existed to chase after one goal, gold. Everyone is understanding of the determination and struggle it takes to get to the Olympic level. If everyone from the picture has one thing in common, it’s that they all sacrificed money, time and effort to get to where they are. Similarly, runners of all levels are nothing short of appreciative of the unity that running may bring. You would often hear stories of how a runner was able to help out his/her opponent during a big race. Unlike any other sports, running produces  people who are kindhearted , openminded and supportive.

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There’s something about running that brings a group of people close together. When you think of yourself in a room with random people you don’t know, you often find that it is more challenging to socialize than being in a room with people who share the same interests as you. If you’ve ever ran in a race you know what I mean. It doesn’t take a whole lot for a runner to reach out and start talking to another runner. As runners we have this deep interest for networking and gaining more insight. This is why we buy books, attend seminars, go on group runs and write blogs. As a result of our desire to make more friends and learn more about the sport, we find ourselves unintentionally fueling our passion for what we have grown to love and adore deeply.