Happy Earth Day! Our earth contains finite resources. In order to preserve our resources for future generations, there are small sacrifices that we can choose to make every day. One of the simplest sacrifice is to conserve water. This means if you have not finished your water in your water bottle, empty the remaining water into your potted plants. This means to install a simple rain catcher/container to store rain water to water your garden. This means to fix all leaky faucets in your home. This means to plant natural gardens that require less watering. This means to gently remind other patrons in public bathrooms to turn off their faucets when they are finished washing their hands.
There are days in which I run a few miles then teach a yoga class, so I am always looking for versatile activewear. I recently tried clothing from 90 Degree by Reflex. 90 Degree by Reflex offers activewear tops, shirts, shorts, capris and a number of other apparel. I love their activewear! Unlike other manufacturers that tend to skim on clothing material (and taking the theme of sheer to an uncomfortable level), 90 Degree by Reflex clothing is fashionable and durable. This cute tank top is great for running and yoga. The length is long enough so it does not bunch up during "downward facing dog" or other inverted poses. The cut and fabric keeps the shape intact regardless of your yoga practice (another positive for inverted poses) and running style. The sizing is true to size so there is no guess work in ordering the clothes online. For more information about their products, please visit www.90degreebyreflex.com.
After a harsh winter, I was really surprised that my peach tree is blossoming! Peach trees produce perfect flowers (male and female flowers). Therefore, a single peach tree will bear fruit. We expect our first peaches to arrive by May.
You may have heard how turtles choke to death because they often mistakenly eat plastic bags (thinking that they are jelly fish). Other animals are hurt by plastic waste, too. For example, this fledging albatross ate plastic pellets (unknowingly fed by his mother) until his stomach was filled with plastic and then starved to death.
There are many ways you can minimize your plastic use. For example, purchase stainless steel utensils for your kitchen (as opposed to plastic). Stainless steel utensils lasts longer and can be readily recyclable.
Electronics are often over packaged with plastic (to avert theft and for safe shipping). Contact your favorite electronic manufacturers and let them know that there are biodegradable packaging alternatives that they should use for their products.
Other countries have regulations that require manufacturers to incorporate product recycability into their product design. For example, in Japan, April 2013, the Act on Promotion of Recycling of Small Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment, manufacturers are legally obligated to incorporate recyclability into product design with the purpose of reducing costs associated with the recycling/reuse of resources
At the South Florida Museum, there is a great eco-friendly exhibit showing the amount of plastic and waste that are discarded. It is overwhelming how much plastic bags are still in use. Hawaii is the first state to ban the use of plastic bags. There may be other states that will soon follow suit. The average plastic bag is carried for less than 5 minutes before it is discarded. That is the average time it takes a shopper to exit the supermarket and load up their car. I leave reusable canvas shopping bags (at least four) in my trunk so I can have them for shopping.
The average American household has at least five canvas tote bags at home that can be used for shopping, but often forget to bring them to the store.
In addition to post run strengths using yoga poses, I have recently found that taking epsom salt baths are great for post run recovery. Add 1-2 cups of epsom salt in a warm bath and soak at least 15 minutes to relieve achy muscles. However, people with chronic conditions (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease) should check with his/her physician prior to taking epsom salt baths. Epsom salt baths are effective because the human skin is very porous and can absorb liquids quite quickly. Keep this in mind if you are exposed to a less than optimal physical environment, your skin will react to environmental toxins.
To reduce environmental toxin contamination to your skin, it is a good habit to change into a different set of clothes when you enter your home (similar to how it is a good idea to keep your shoes by the entrance instead of walking around the house with shoes on). There are also psychological benefits to changing into another set of clothes, you are mentally transitioning from an external (work) environment to a home setting. Just o
I have been training for my next half marathon (which is least than a month away) and have incorporated interval training into my training schedule. I dread interval training because I don't enjoy pushing myself beyond a comfortable pace. However, I have found that doing interval training has definitely improved my overall running performance. This makes a lot of sense since interval training involves pushing oneself beyond his/her regular race pace. Once you resume your race pace, it is much more manageable. I plan to reward myself with a new pair of running shoes after my next half marathon. I will be above the 300 miles mark for my existing running shoes by then.
It has been such a harsh winter! I can't wait until spring comes. This morning I noticed that my bulbs are starting to bloom. Although it will be another month before the flowers arrive, we are very excited that spring is just around the corner.
My child is part of a gardening club and asked that I share my leftover fruit peelings for her to bring to her school compost. I told her that she can pack a banana or orange for her school lunch and contribute the fruit peelings to the school compost (I was not about to have her bring leftovers to school for the school compost bin). It is nice to see the next generation becoming eco-friendly. Raising children is like planting bulbs, I wonder (almost daily) whether what I am doing is making a difference. Then, my children starts to show signs of growth (like the bulb blooming) and it's exciting to see that I've made a difference.
I completed my first full marathon, the Myrtle Beach Marathon, this past Saturday. It was rainy and windy, but I enjoyed it so much! Now I am training for my half marathon, the Rock n Rebellion Half Marathon in April 2014. While training, I will also be competing in another sprint triathlon. Yoga has definitely helped me strengthen my core and enable me to be a more successful runner.
I look forward to participating in many more races.
Despite the cold weather, I enjoy running outdoors. Being one with nature, the fresh air, the wind blowing in my face, the list goes on and on. Most importantly, it is a moving meditation for me. I am able to be deep in my thoughts and enjoy the rhythmic pounding of my feet on the pavement.
Less than five weeks til my next race, I am suppose to complete my first full marathon but may switch to a half marathon because I have not been able to complete enough long runs due to the cold weather. I am still hoping that I will be ready for my first full marathon. It depends on how my long run goes this weekend.