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The tube lady…

Yesterday evening, I took the tube, the London Underground, to Old Street for a networking event. I had been busy all day and haven’t really felt like smiling for most of the day. Allergies ruining my face, work stuff ruining my mood…

As I got off the tube, the tube traffic coordinator lady (I don’t know what her job description is) on the platform totally changed my day around. She welcomed back the driver and greeted him by name. She greeted all the passengers and told us to start smiling. The work day is over, you are all going home, she said. You are all meeting your family and friends, she said.  It’s a great day, she said.

I just had to smile. She was right. It was a great day. And in that one instance my day turned around.

I met amazing people at the networking event. I even won a prize. And on the way back home I received an email asking me if I would like to mentor 9 people for a Team in Training flex team.  Of course, I will.

I actually walked up to the tube lady yesterday and told her that she made me smile. That made her smile even more.

Thank you, tube lady, for reminding me what’s important!

Happy Friday, y’all!


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Running skirts are waiting…

This morning’s run was freezing cold and turned out to be quite fun, but all that only after I needed all kinds of nagging voices in my head to get me out of bed.

While running I realized: I completed my first challenge of the year already:

  • run a half marathon in January.

What I haven’t thought of though is how I am going to reward myself for completing my challenges. Oh and I found the perfect a reward: a new running skirt. They are pretty pricey (especially since the ones I like are sold by US companies only and have enormous shipping costs to the UK), so I decided I need to complete 2 challenges. Well, one is done! YEAH! So, now I need to quickly complete another one!! (100 miles, 200 miles come to mind…). Or maybe the next race (that would be the one race per month challenge that my friend roped me into…). Either way, need to run quickly before the winter is over and I won’t need my running skirt anymore.

Then of course comes the big decision. Do I get a Tough Girl Skirt or Sub Zero Skirt?

Motivation is back up (especially after today’s run in zero degrees Celsius). Better get on with finding a local race in February. Anyone have a good idea?


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The 100-miles challenge revisited

Oops. I blame the mild winter weather.

I posted a 100-miles challenge to be completed by the end of March  on my NIKE+ profile and I am already 25 miles in less than 2 weeks after I started. Oops again!

Tempting choice would be to quickly complete the challenge by end of January and then  sit on my butt for 8 weeks? 😉  I’d probably die of boredom. So, not an option. Therefore, I am officially changing the 100-miles challenge to a 200-miles challenge! Take this 2012! Starting off as AWESOME!

High expectations are the key to everything is what a wise man once said. So, let’s put those expectations even higher!


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Oh, ye olde iPod

Treasures.

I stopped running with music 2 years ago and have since run with open eyes and ears and have taken in my surroundings.

Now, the other day I found my iPod with my running songs and decided on this dreadful day to brighten my run up with some treasures from my past.

The first treasure was Steps’ “Reach for the Stars”, the next one Jewel’s “Yes, U can”. Oh, yes, I can! I was chuckling away as the blasts from my running past came through my headphones. 🙂

This was a short run, but I am sure on my next longer run, I will be looking forward to hearing “Keep breathing” by Ingrid Michaelson or Moby’s “Lift me up”. I think the iPod will be part of some of my runs again…

Keep breathing!


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Waddling like a duck

Despite the health and happiness benefits you are still not running?

Gosh – what can I say? Well, here are some ideas on how to keep your new year’s resolution:

Ask a friend to join you for a walk or jog once a week. It’s so much more fun being healthy together.

Don’t forget to reward yourself when you have reached a milestone or a partial goal. Buy yourself a cute running top or – my favorite – a cute running skirt.

Remember that you don’t have to be perfect! You waddle like a duck? So what…? You need to take a walking break? So what…? You only manage to exercise twice a week instead of the 4 times you wanted to? So what…? You are doing better than anyone else who stays sitting on the coach, so go out for a waddle.

Waddle on, my friend!


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A positive outlook

I wanted to write not just about running, but also about healthy living. Well, let’s get started on a bit of statistic from the Mayo Clinic in the US that claims that having a positive outlook decreases the risk of early death by 50% (compared to those people with a negative outlook).

A good way to keep that positive outlook through the winter is by keeping smiling. Make your family and friends smile. Shout a friendly “good morning” to your neighbour and smile at a stranger in the street. I learned that by being happy I receive happiness back.

So, what makes you smile? Hearing your favourite song? A phone call from a friend? The sound of the ocean? Finding something to be passionate about?

Whatever it is: Keep smiling!


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"Potential disruption due to snow and ice"

OK, a look out of the window speaks a thousand words or so the saying goes. The weather report warns me of snow and ice, but all I can see is blue sky and sun. What other kind of motivation do I need to out on my trainers and go out there. Plenty of runners out there (who obviously haven’t read the weather report) and I hear “good morning” all around. I haven’t seen that many smiles though in a few weeks. Let’s hope the weather disruption keeps on being delayed.

Smile on!