I’ve been waking up lately to a whole new world. As I open my eyes and slowly adjust to the unusual experience of sunlight falling upon my face, I can hear the sounds of chirping birds, the rustle of the breeze in freshly budding trees and my heart beating with joy. Finally, what seemed like an endless winter has gone, and spring is in the air!
Excited about the possibilities of fair weather and warmth, oh yes, actually sunny warmth, I have been relishing the chance to get outside and get active. If you are anything like me, your body may have gotten a bit softer in places over the winter, and your endurance and strength might have taken a vacation. Well, now is the time to get inspired, get active, and get fit and healthy in time to really enjoy the summer.
My favourite health generating, soul satisfying, fitness activity is running. And by running, I mean the sort that gets you outdoors and breathing fresh air, not the motivation crushing repetition of the treadmill. I love getting out and embracing the smells and colors of the changing season. I love taking the time to push my body while getting lost in the quiet of my mind.
Adding to the motivation of getting outside to experience the natural delights of spring, I seriously enjoy treating myself to some new running kit. Fresh, snug running shoes. Crisp shorts, tops, headbands and sunglasses. For this season I’ve picked up some amazing discounts on these at Finish Line. What else does a girl need to get out and enjoy some exercise?
Oh, thats right. Something delicious to end it with. For me, after the winter drudgery of hot porridge, I’ve been finishing my runs with a fruit and coconut smoothie. A banana, pinch of cinnamon, natural yoghurt, coconut milk and a little water is my fav. With this and a run under my belt, I’m ready to take on the blossoming world outside.