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Running tips for beginners

I know I talk a lot about running but I feel everyone and anyone can benefit from a good run.   It is a great stress reliever plus you don’t need to drive to a gym.  All you need is a great pair of running shoes then put one foot out the door and off you go!  If you are serious about running and have never really ran before I suggest going to a running store and let them help you pick out a good pair of shoes.   They will help determine if you need a neutral running shoe or one with stability.   The right shoe could be the difference of running with pain or running without pain!

Here is some great tips for a new runner:

  • Be a minuteman “The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments-1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles.” -Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach
  • Wear good running shoes “Spend at least $60. A good pair of running shoes should last you 400 to 500 miles and is one of the most critical purchases you will make.” -John Hanc, author of The Essential Runner
  • Take the “talk test” “The ‘talk test’ means running at a pace comfortable enough to converse with a training partner-but not so easy that you could hit the high notes in an Italian opera.” -Runner’s World editors
  • Relax to the max “When running, let your jaw hang loose, don’t bunch up your shoulders close to your ears, and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed.” -Dave Martin, Ph.D., exercise physiologist
  • Don’t crush the egg “Don’t clench your fists in a white-knuckle grip. Instead, run with a cupped hand, thumbs resting on the fingers, as if you were protecting an egg in each palm.” -Runner’s World editors
  • Follow Road Rule Number One “Running against traffic allows the runner to be in command. Anyone who is alert and agile should be able to stay alive.” -Dr. George Sheehan
  •  Listen up! “You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance, but not through pain.-Dr. George Sheehan
  • Take what you can get “So-called ‘junk miles’-those slow miles done on easy days or during warmups-do count. They burn calories as effectively as fast miles; it just takes longer. Regardless of pace, each mile you run burns about 100 calories.” -Hal Higdon, runner/writer/coach
  •  Go steady “Day to day consistency is more important than big mileage. Then you’re never shot the next day.-John Campbell, former masters running star from New Zealand
  • Ease it back “After a run, don’t rush back into life. Take a few minutes to walk, stretch, relax, meditate.-Runner’s World editors
  • Take baby steps “You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your goal too high and don’t fulfill it, your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.” -Emil Zatopek, four-time Olympic gold medalist from Czechoslavakia
  •  Train with someone… “It may seem odd to hear a coach say this, but I think a really great training partner is more important than a coach.” -Joan Nesbit, coach and world-class runner 

Now it’s time to lace up those new running shoes and hit the pavement.  Good luck!!

Remember any form of exercise will help aid in a good nights sleep.  Plus, comfy pajamas help too 🙂

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As parents, we are always trying to teach our kids something new and how to survive in this life.   Because if there is one thing we know as parents, life is tough and doesn’t always turn out the way we plan.  But as I teach my kids right from wrong, I decided to take a step back and I realized my kids teach me things everyday.   Here are the top 8 things my kids taught me lately.

  1. That NOBODY knows EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING.  (My kids tell me this all the time, do you think they are talking about me 🙂 ).
  2. That it’s okay to be wrong as that’s how we learn.
  3. That there is no such thing as being too polite. You can never say please, thank-you or excuse me too often.  Adults seem to forget this in our busy everyday lives.
  4. That a smile is the simplest thing you can do to truly brighten the day of someone else.  Nothing is sweeter than your child looking up at you and smiling for no reason at all!  Try it on a complete stranger today.
  5. You can be happy if you choose to be happy.  Simple, but sometimes very hard to do in real life.  Choose to be happy in the moment.
  6. Having breakfast food for dinner is okay and I must admit, sometimes just easier.
  7. That life is a journey not a sprint.   Sit back and enjoy the ride!
  8. Having a pajama day at home and watching movies is great family time!

What have you learned from your kids lately?

Movie Night in your Pajamas

Movie Night in your Pajamas

Looking for something to do this weekend:  How about checking out a Movie Night in your pajamas.  A lot of cities host movie night in the park.  Be sure to check  your local news channel websites and local newspaper websites for listings.

Here is a list of locations and cities we found for this coming weekend, April 1 -3, 2011.

Boston Area: Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m.  Admission FREE
Breakheart Reservation, Saugus
http://www.saugus.net/General/Calendar/

Tacoma Area: Bring the family out for an evening of fun when the Click Mobile Movie comes to Metro Parks’ Free City Cinema at 6 p.m. featuring The Blind Side. The event will take place at South Park Community Center, located at 4851 South Tacoma Way. This is a free program open to the public. However, participants must register through South Park before attending. This program is geared towards our Specialized Recreation program but the general public is invited to attend also. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org.

Seattle Area: Preschool Pajama Night: Fri., 6:30 – 10:30 pm, Bellevue, $25-35
Here’s a pajama party just for preschoolers! Enjoy a fun-filled night that includes dinner, music, creative movement, story time, games, crafts and a cartoon movie. Wear your pajamas and shoes and bring your sleeping bag, pillow and favorite stuffy!  Samena Swim & Recreation Club
15231 Lake Hills Boulevard
Bellevue , Wa  Ages 3-5

Sacramento, CA Movie Night Pajama-Rama April 8, 2011 6pm to 9pm

Get your kids ready for some movie viewing fun…it’s Movie Night Pajama-Rama at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa! That’s right, as part of a continuing monthly offering, kids ages 4 to 11 are invited to show up in their favorite PJs to watch movies on the big screen and enjoy popcorn, treats and beverages. Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or a stuffed animal are welcome, too.  $25 per child; parents are complimentary.

Atlanta Area: No movie but International Pillow Fight Day, April 2, 2011 3 pm to 5 pm.  Freedom Park, Freedom Pkwy and Moreland Avenue. Atlanta, GA 30307  404-817-6813.

If you know of a Movie in your Pajamas event, please feel free to post it.     Not a Movie in your pajamas event near you, that’s okay, make your own at home.

Have a great weekend.   Don’t forget this weekend is FREE SHIPPING ON ALL U.S. ORDERS.  Shop for pajamas at My Baby Pajamas.

About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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