Toady I took back my run. If you had asked me a year ago what I loved, I would have said “I love to run,” without hesitation, but I lost that. I lost my run. I could run, but I just didn’t want to. I guess you could call it my mojo, but why?
You see, 288 days ago, I ran a marathon & it stole my love of running. I trained… I ran… I ran a lot… and I burned myself out. For the past 9 months, I’ve tried to run. I’ve gone fast, slow, and everywhere in between but it just didn’t work. I had no idea what it would take to get my run back. Maybe I would just quit being a runner.
So much of what I have been over the last 7 years has been partially defined by calling myself a runner. Could I really be OK with changing that? Could I just quit? Would I have to put away the medals, the running bibs, the car magnets? No. I just couldn’t do it, so…
I went. No expectations. No time or
distance. I ran. I stopped to enjoy the world around me. I high-fived tree leaves, I took in the beauty around me, I listened to my body, I may have even shed a few tears (sometimes I cry when I run… the sun makes my eyes water). I ran, uphill, downhill, I even spread my wings, kicked up my heels and ran fast downhill and closed my eyes for just a second. And I felt alive.
When all was said and done, I knew I was back. How far & how fast didn’t matter. All I could think about was when I would run next. (Those of you who are runners understand.) I am a runner. See you on the road.
I began this year with a project in mind…my goal was to do something fun, but different. I had seen a post about taking a picture a day for 365 days. It caught my attention, but it couldn’t be just that. My project had to be different…go figure. I decided I would do a yoga tree pose every day for all of 2014. I knew I would need some help with this, so I recruited Kevin to be my photographer (some days I set the timer, but for most, he’s my guy). I started out with a bang by climbing the tree…something I haven’t done in a VERY long time, but at Kevin’s suggestion, I went for it. It was fun & invigorating and I couldn’t wait for day 2. Here’s where I’ve gone so far.
Day 1 of 365…tree in a tree
Day 2 of 365…upside down tree
Day 3 of 365…tree in the snow
Day 4 of 365…tree on the frozen fishpond
Day 5 of 365…tree in the rainy street
Day 6 of 365…family tree
Day 7 of 365…tree silhouette
Day 8 of 365…real life tree
Day 9 of 365…trees at the gym with friends
Day 10 of 365…it’s Friday night at 6:50 & I’m in my pajamas tree
Day 11 of 365…one rockin’ tree
Day 12 of 365…rooftop garden tree
Day 13 of 365…tree frog tree
Day 14 of 365…pineapple tree
Day 15 of 365…ǝǝɹʇ
Day 16 of 365…snowy night tree
Day 17 of 365…first grade trees
Day 18 of 365…on the couch with my dog tree
Day 19 of 365…poet-tree
Day 20 of 365…Kelly & Kevin standing like a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g
Day 21 of 365…beautiful snowy morning tree
Day 22 of 365…trampoline tree
Day 23 of 365…tree in a pot
Day 24 of 365…Happy Birthday to Mamaw tree (I love & miss you.)
Day 25 of 365…outstanding in my field tree
Day 26 of 365…sunset tree
Day 27 of 365…tea tree oil
Day 28 of 365…cottonwood tree
Day 29 of 365…pea tree dish
Day 30 of 365…tree stump
Day 31 of 365…tree hugger
Day 32 of 365…tree of love
Day 33 of 365…post-rainy run tree
When I began, I had no idea where this project would take me. I have had people talk to me about these pictures which are fairly ordinary nearly every day for the past month. I thought I was just having fun & maybe a few people would get some enjoyment or a laugh out of it, but I have a feeling it is much more than that. If I can inspire just one person to try something new & different, then this has been a success. Some days are ordinary & some days, my heart is so full I can’t even explain. I’ll continue to make like a tree & please continue to enjoy it.
Can’t wait for more trees…here’s a link to my Facebook album where I’m adding a picture a day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202999787744683.1073741834.1504154175&type=1&l=5b396f1966
Kale…perhaps one of the greatest foods on the planet, so let’s talk about it. It can be eaten a million different ways & it is soooo good & good for you.
Let’s start with the health benefits:
1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.
2. Kale is high in iron.
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K.
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants.
5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food.
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support.
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C.
9. Kale is high in calcium.
10. Kale is a great detox food.
So maybe now you’re thinking…ok, but I don’t like kale. (If that’s the case, there might be something wrong with you.) Here are some amazing ways to eat/drink kale.
1. Drink it! My favorite way to drink it is what I like to call a Reece Cup smoothie. Throw all of this in the blender:
- A bunch of kale: 2 or 3 or 4 handfuls
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 or 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter or almond butter
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 ripe banana
- Any other fruits or veggies you want to add (you probably won’t be able to taste them, but they add healthy fillers to give you a bigger, more filling drink)
2. Have a salad. Yes, kale is good raw & it’s really crunchy. Here are some links to tasty kale salads:
3. Kale Chips…Kale Chips…Kale Chips!!! They are delicious & satisfy the need for crunchy chips. The recipe below looks yummy, but they are also good with just olive oil & sea salt.
5. Kale Fried Rice
6. Throw it in a soup…this one’s a no brainer…just throw it in the soup.
7. Still not convinced…here’s a link to more recipes.