I went out tonight after work for a 5 mile run…. or what I thought was going to be a 5 mile run.
I was trying out a new bike path near my apartment. My plan was to run 2.5 miles and then turn around. The bike path runs along the water way and was I got to the 2.5 mile mark there was actually a bridge. I assumed the the path wrapped around and then followed the water way right back up to my apartment complex, boy was I wrong. I ran about another mile & a half down the path and hit some construction. The bike path was closed but there was a sign pointing to a dirt path. Thinking like it was similar to the road ways, I thought this must be the detour bike path, I was terribly wrong again.
The dirt path led into the near by golf course. I got a ways in and ended up running into another problem – the dirt path began to start being covered by huge puddles. I thought the best solution would be to cut straight through to the water way. I got all the way back over to the water way and found the dirt path was complete mud.
At this point I was an hour and a half into my run and the sun would be setting in about 30 minutes. I resorted to calling my aunt to come rescue me from this run gone awry. The only issue was I would have to run back through the golf course. I cut straight across to save sometime but ended up running into a fence that cut my way to the bike path. Luckily there was a lady running and she helped me jumped the fence. Runners are just so nice.
My 5 mile run ended up turning into 7.7 miles of trespassing onto a closed golf course and some parkouring.
Moral of the story – DO NOT take the path less traveled. You’ve been warned!
Oh, hey there. How’s it been?
A few updates on my life:
I’m alive…. I know shocking since I have been completely MIA from my beloved blog. Reasons being – I have no internet at my new apartment yet. It’s absolutely horrible. Don’t ever go without internet for a week.
I’ve also been terribly sick. I got hit by the terrible chest cold. And it actually started the day I registered for my half marathon….. so I’m in the mist of being fully motivated to kick up my work outs and of course I get sick.
So in the meantime I’ve been decorating my new apartment and doodling down so many great ideas for blog posts. I can’t wait to release them all very, very soon. (aka Monday when I get internet )
Ever considered yourself a left brain thinker or a right brain thinker? I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of how people base their personalities off which “side” they are.
According to the theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance, each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. It’s been believed that people tend to prefer one type of thinking over the other. A person who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical, and objective, while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective.
So does one side of the brain really control specific functions?
The right brain-left brain theory originated in the work of Roger W. Sperry, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1981. While studying the effects of epilepsy, Sperry discovered that cutting the corpus collosum (the structure that connects the two hemispheres of the brain) could reduce or eliminate seizures. However, these patients also experienced other symptoms after the communication pathway between the two sides of the brain was cut.
Today, neuroscientists know that the two sides of the brain work together to perform a wide variety of tasks and that the two hemispheres communicate through the corpus collosum. But it’s still absolutely true that some brain functions occur in one or the other side of the brain, there is just no dominance of one side over the other.
The theory is yet still fascinated over by many. It suggest that right brain thinkers are more expressive and better at creative tasks. They recognize faces more often, express and read emotions better, and tend to enjoy music & art. Left brain thinkers are more geared toward logic, language and analytical thinking. They tend to enjoy numbers and reasoning more.
So which side are you?
You all know how much I love my coffee…. seriously, I think it’s running through my veins by now. I’m actually considering cutting back a bit so I don’t have to depend on caffeine so much. But not anytime soon.
Like any of our favorite things (alcohol, chocolate, junk food) there is always a negative side. Coffee is our secret weapon for staying alert, waking us up, & helping us to deal with other human beings at the wee hours of the morning when the sun isn’t even out yet. Even if you’re a one-cupper or you’re tipping the scale at 5 cups a day, we all united. We coffaholics. So what is the impact coffee is making on our bodies?
When drinking god’s-gift-to-earth-in-liquid-form your blood pressure temporary increases. This is really only a problem if you already have naturally high blood pressure or are pregnant. If you are pregnant, research suggests reducing coffee consumption to 2 cups a day.
If you’re an olympic coffee drinker and are drinking more than 5 cups a day you might be running the risk of thinning bone marrow. Another side affect is the inability to fall asleep. This occurs when we have had too much caffeine in the afternoon or hours close to bedtime. Simple solution to this is to make sure to avoid coffee after 2 pm.
Then there are the positive affects coffee has for us.
- The British Coffee Association states that coffee can reduce the risk of fatal liver disease by up to 40%, with the most significant improvements being seen in people with already damaged livers
- The chances of developing type II diabetes are shown to be reduced with regular consumption of coffee.
- According to further research, regular coffee drinkers may have less of a risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life – by as much as 60%!
Now go enjoy a cup (if it’s before 2 pm )
Wow. I’ve been MIA for a bit. I wish I had a good excuse for hiding out from the blog world for a week but really I’ve just been insanely busy being an adult.
I did get away for a mini vacation this last weekend out to the west side of South Dakota. This side of the state is actually absolutely gorgeous. I did a terrible job of taking pictures really but coming from the flat side of the state you get some great views when you hit the mountain side. I went with a friend out to the hills to take a snowboarding lesson & it was actually quite fun. We’re both completely new to the hobby so it was nice to have an instructor show us the ways and give us some pointers.
I fell down more than what was acceptable for a newbie but its nice to have another winter past time to add to the list. You can only go ice skating so much till its time to switch it up. We also found this adorable little coffee shop called Lotus Up. My friend’s van couldn’t make it up the hill to the lodge for lack of 4-wheel drive. So we turned around and found a local shop in the nearby town. We were telling the owner about our situation and asking about local taxi services and she ended up calling her husband to give us a ride up to the lodge. It was so amazing & such a great reminder that there are awesome people everywhere!
Wonderful news as well for myself,
I get to move into my new apartment in 4 days! I’m as giddy as a little school girl. So I am forewarning you all, there are many decor, DIY, baking posts coming in the very near future. I couldn’t be more excited.
Most people’s favorite thing to do is to sleep…. especially during the long cold winter. It’s always nice to cozy up in a huge comforter and a million pillows and just do absolutely nothing, but sometimes it’s not that easy. After putting in a full day’s work, getting in a good sweat at the gym, whipping up a healthy meal, catching up with some friends, watching your favorite shows, and tiding up around your place theres about 3 hours left in your day…. or at least that’s what it feels like. We’re setting the alarm early and falling a sleep later in the night just to make sure we can fit everything in. But when were lacking on sleep our health takes a huge hit.
Experts say most of us need about 8 hours of sleep a night, but half of us don’t get it. About 80% of the working women population report that they have exhaustion. Getting just an hour or two less sleep than needed per night can impair brain function. Insufficient sleep can be associated with cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. It’s also a risk factor for depression, infertility, miscarriage, and postpartum depression
The worst part though is that skipping on sleep so you can be more productive doesn’t even work to your advantage because you’re working slower Sleep enables our bodies to regulate temperature and fight off infection. It may also help our brains retain things we learned the previous day.
So if you’re in need of getting a better nights rest try these few tricks:
- Set a regular bedtime.
- Get up at the same time every day.
- Turn off your television & computer.
- Keep your room at a cooler temp.
- Create a comfortable environment to sleep in (i.e. a ton of pillows!!)
- Stay away from larger size meals about 3-4 hours before falling asleep.
- Cut down on caffeine after noon.
- Get more physical activity into your daily routine.
- Do a quiet, non-stimulating activity before bed.