Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A great way to start a busy day!

When I was young my parents often feed me oatmeal in the morning before school. I still remeber how much I loved Maple and Brown sugar flavour. Still, to this day I do enjoy starting my day with a warm meal. Oatmeal is especially great for a preworkout meal, if you are doing a morning run, swim, lift etc. It is quick, easy and very filling, which is very important because getting hungry during a workout is never fun. Even if you are not going for a workout, it is good before a morning of dragged on classes or long day at work. I tried this recipe recently and it was quit tastey. Try it too!
Ingredients: 2 1/4cups of water
1 cup of regular oats
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of brown sugar or honey
1/2 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
milk to preference

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another set back

So the past few weeks I have been getting a run outside in everyother day, and it was feeling fantastic to begin to feel that passion burning inside again. But of course, more pain had to occur...due to running awkwardly, I formed a bit of tendinitis on the outer bone of the side of my foot, so I am back cross training. Cross training, for anyone intersested, is pretty much any type of exercise that is not running. For example, I have become a huge fan of the deep end of the St. Dennis pool. It is like treading water but a bit more complicated, you are basically going through the running motion under water, and there is NO PAIN! well not on your muscles, but it sure gets tiring on the lungs after 40 minutes; it works up a sweat and I look pretty damn sweet too haha. Another handy machine is the elyptical, it is a great way to stay in shape while healing, especially for my ankle/foot because there is no pounding. Now that it is freezing and icy outside, I have found peace with turning to these facilities indoors. As I was told by my body, I need to slow things down and allow for the proper healing. In the mean time I will stay positive and make the most out of what I can do.

"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."

Friday, January 16, 2009

Support your Lancers

This weekend Lancers annual CANAM Track and Field meet is taking place at the St. Dennis Center... Come out and watch some amazing performances while supporting Windsor Lancers! The meet begins at 10:30am and concludes at 4:30pm. For results and more information about teh meet go to www.golancers.ca

Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life

Yesterday in class, a fellow student stood up to make an anouncement of a fundraiser she is holding to raise money for her sick father. Her father has leukemia. I could not imagine going through a situation like that or even getting enough strentgh to get in front of the class to talk about it. The moment after her speech I thought of how lucky I am to have my own health, and my family and freinds health as well.
Last October I broke my ankle and this took from me something a love very much. This love is to RUN. Running for me is fulfilling; to feel that good pain, to push myself further then the previuos run and to reach a goal I create for myself and yes to feel that "runners high". Without this huge part of my life I felt an emptiness which did cause for sadness. To fill this hole, I found other activities that could keep me occupied and fit. I began to pool run. I know it sounds silly, but it is the next best thing to running on the ground...and yes it is just as tiring, maybe more. I struggled to stay motivated and I am still struggling, but when you love something this much, you will commit to it no matter what.
I realize that things could be much worse for myself, and getting injured made me appreciate my sport fully. I have a healthy family and freinds and this means much more then a silly broken foot that I had created to be so devastating at first. I am semi healed now and am taking the training process in strides. My first run back felt exilerating, and I had a huge smile on my face the whole time a am sure.