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Marathon Pictures: Finally Proof…

Yeaaaa! I have some proof of my marathon!

race photo

not me in the pic

I did a recap last week of the Ocean State Marathon, which I did on the 11th, that told of my utter dismay that I had absolutely NO pictures of the race.

Trying to be noble, or humble, I poo-pooed this little fact, but it really ended up ticking me off. I had NO pictures of what I went through.  My daughter was the one family member that watched the race, and honestly she is too young to take pictures…also I didn’t ask her to, or anyone else for that matter. I didn’t think it was important. But it was. All that training, the hurt, and the effort was all stuck in my head and I wanted to re-live it by looking at the pictures.

And then I got them (Halllah!), thanks to the event people who give free pics to race entrants. Now I have lots of memories…of the pain. The determination.  The effort. You won’t see me thumb-upping or high-fiving the photo-guy, but I distinctly remember being grateful and happy to be running my race. The one that I trained for, and wanted to finish…even if it was slow. I have proof. To myself, that it was real. These photos are so good for me.

Of course, there are some that are not so good…And  I choose not to put on Facebook, but I am sharing with you. Because I love you. And because you love me. Because I make you laugh and feel good about yourself, especially when I post this:

crayleg

What the H-ll is this?! My leg. I know it’s my leg, but it’s like all the sun just made it a legit raisin. It’s my raisin-leg. It’s like all the veins are revolting against this running thing! Gross and scary! I far prefer this:

marathon

I like that you can see the pain in my face, the determination.  I don’t wear earbuds, so I was probably in my meditative-mode-mantra-making in lots of these. But the craycray-leg pic is actually my favorite…it makes me laugh. It’s like a great ad for moisturizer…or sunscreen. Oy-freakin-vey. Too funny. That craycray-leg ran 26.2 miles. Not too shabby. And now I have proof.

I am linking up today with the #WildWorkoutWednesday Gals~

 

DIY: How To Clean Your Yoga Mat

how-to clean a yoga mat

So you all know my sister is a yoga teacher, right? She has classes all over Rhode Island and Southern  Massachusetts- And she blogs over at Full Radiance.  Truly an expert in her field.

Now, you may wonder since I have such an expert at my fingertips, “Do you take her classes?”

Well…The answer is no.  I did once, and she is, well, awesome.  She has a cult following, as I think befits a yoga teacher, who guides her students into a positive change in their lives…but she is my sister.  I am not sure if you all have a sister, and it might be very different for you, but it is weird to take a class from my sister, I think.  What soothes others, makes my little hairs stand up.  What relaxes her students, makes me tense.  It is just a sister thing- quite possibly a sibling thing,

This said, I do listen to her sage advice about health and wellness, and if yoga, then yoga too.  My most recent question to her was,

how do I clean this disgusting mat?”

My sister has had lots of yoga mats and lots of experience cleaning them, so I figured she’d be the expert on how to clean my disgusting mat.  In the summer when she has dirty feet, she might clean it more often, she told me, but normally she said she doesn’t actually clean it much.  I think because she knows how clean her studios or house is, where a lot of people bring their mats to a gym floor where the dirt is more plentiful! I would definitely bring a solution with you while you travel if you work out in a hotel room.- That could be gross.

If you need a light cleaning, or a daily spray, here is what you do:

In a small spray bottle: Mix filtered water with essential oil: Per one cup of water, add up to 15 drops, of any combination of tea-tree oil and/or lavender oil.  Mix and use.  Take care not to add too much of the essential oils because the essential oil could react to the mat’s material, or be irritating if it left a residue on the mat.

My own mat was truly disgusting. Why disgusting? I left it in the basement, rolled out on the floor.  It just stinks.  Breathing in deeply? No thanks. No light spray will help this puppy.

If you need a deep clean, like I did, do this:

Wait! If you are one of those people who does a recipe on the fly without reading through all the directions first, know this: It will take up to 24-48 hours to dry your mat fully!  You don’t want to work out on a wet or damp mat- not only is that uncomfortable, and slippery, it will make for more bacteria (think wet socks)- just gross.  Wait until you can let the mat thoroughly dry.

Fill your bathtub with water, and drop just 3 drops or so of castille soap, like Dr. Bronners-don’t use too much because you don’t want to have it leave a slippery residue.  You can also use a natural dishsoap using 3-4 drops per tub-full (use one without petroleum). You can add up to 15 drops of essential oils (tea-tree or lavender) if you like this, but it is not a must. Soak the mat fully for a few minutes, and then scrub gently with a washcloth.  Fully rinse, and rinse again (you don’t want any residue) and hang dry over the tub on a rack.  The dry time could take up to two days, as you may need to flip over the mat after one day to fully dry it out.

clean your yoga matNow maybe in the summer, you could just hose it down.  But I live in the Northeast…and although it is a balmy 45° F here, it is not quite hose-down weather!

Now go clean your stinky mat, and if you live in Rhode Island or southern Massachusetts, check out my sister’s site: Full Radiance Yoga!

Filling the Tank: Motivation & Inspiration Boards

Inspire & motivate

Are you ever in need of some inspiration to give you some Giddy-up-and-go in regards to your exercise routine?

Do you sometimes need a shove off the couch to get your workout in?

Ever hit that snooze button one too many times before the crack of dawn, and tell yourself that sleep is healthier than a workout?

If this isn’t you- and you don’t ever need motivation to get going, then I probably don’t know you very well, although I have heard that you exist!

I know some people just love getting up early to sweat, and I do enjoy my time…once I am in it or finishing it….but the getting up and getting to the gym at 5 am or earlier…well it is hard.

Sometimes I need more than a little push to get my mojo going, and I like to surround myself with some inspiration.  I have just created a ‘vision board’ type of thing: a little area that I tack up some sayings, or inspiring pictures to remind myself of the benefits of working out.

Things I include {don’t stop reading because this is cheesy- I KNOW it seemed cheesy to me too- but I did it anyway, and now I think I may really like these “reminders.”:

  • Simple phrase or words: living, being, love, running, girl-power, breathe.
quote

Quotes are easy to find and change out as you want them~

  • Pictures: peruse some of your favorite magazines or the internet for words that inspire you to get out and enjoy a healthy life: a gorgeous beach, a quote to live fully, someone’s awesome abs, a yoga pose, person crossing the finish line.
  • PINTEREST/Social Media- create a board of motivating words, quotes, pictures that inspire (and don’t diminish ) you.  Leave off the pics of a skinny woman with ripped abs…you know she doesn’t have 4 kids or a job other than to look awesome! Tack up a picture of someone who is working for that body without having professional “work” done!
  • Pictures of your own accomplishments- Ribbons, Bib numbers, shaking the hand of a mentor
vision board

Be proud! You did it, and you can do it again!

Now, all you need is a little space- Make a wall of motivation with all of these thing tacked up and inspiring to you.  Don’t have a dedicated area to put a shrine to your workouts? No matter.  Print up one or two and post with tape on the inside of a cabinet or closet door or on your bathroom mirror.

vision board

All of these things help to visually inspire you and feed the tank of YOU.  Never let it get empty.  Do something for yourself today.  Make a wall or place that inspires you to BE AWESOME today- It can help push you forward from those moments (or days) when you feel kind-of un-awesome!

How do you motivate yourself when feeling low?

If you have made a vision-inspiration board, what did you put on it?