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Charity Miles

What if donating to charity was as easy as lacing up the running shoes and heading out for a run,walk or bike ride?   What if I told you it wouldn’t cost you a penny to donate?  Would you be interested?  Charity Miles is a free app that allows you to earn money for charities as you run, walk or bike.  And it doesn’t cost you a cent!

Download Charity Miles on your iPhone or Android for free.  Activate your account by choosing your charity.  There is a list of about 22 charities.   Select Run, Walk or Bike and then hit the pavement.  It’s that easy!  When you’re finished, accept your sponsorship and spread the word.   Bikers earn 10 cents a mile while running and walking earn 25 cents a mile.  So what are you waiting for? Lace up your shoes and get running!

A list of the charities :  My charity is Autism Speaks.

* Achilles International
* ASPCA
* Autism Speaks
* DoSomething.org
* Every Mother Counts
* Feeding America
* Girl Up
* Habitat for Humanity
* Ironman Foundation
* Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
* Nothing But Nets
* Partnership For a Healthier America
* Pencils of Promise
* She’s the First
* Shot@Life
* Stand Up to Cancer
* The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
* The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
* The Nature Conservancy
* VisionSpring
* The World Food Programme
* Wounded Warrior Project

Are you on Instagram?  Use #Everymilematters and your picture could end up on Facebook Charity Miles Page.   Enjoy your run!

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 🙂

Handstand Friday ~ Week Three

Handstand Friday ~ Week Three

Basically, it should be week four of Handstand Friday but we had a round of the flu hit our house and none of us were up for doing much of anything.   We are all better now and back to working out!  I definitely feel myself getting stronger with my handstand and can actually hold it for a little while.   I am still by the wall just because I wasn’t feeling good last week I didn’t want to rush myself back too fast.   I am doing the handstand about 3 or 4 times a day.  My husband has even joined in the challenge.  It’s so funny to see a 6′ 4″ guy trying to do a handstand 🙂  He said once he gets better he would let me post a picture.

How’s your #handstandfriday coming along?   We would love to hear about it!  Don’t let fear hold you back from trying something new.

Happy Friday!!

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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