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The Peaceful Runner Newsletter #14 - November 4, 2011 - Have you Hashed yet?
November 04, 2011
Welcome to the November edition of The Peaceful Runner Newsletter - a free monthly resource of tips, inspirational quotes, recipes and the latest news and trends in running.
In this issue:
1) Quote of the month
Quote of the Month:
"The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are."
-- Thomas Dreier
Have you Hashed yet?
Have you run with the Hash House Harriers yet? I had my first Hashing experience almost a year ago and I immediately fell in love with the tradition. It is a long time tradition as it has been around since 1938. Today it is the largest, non-competitive running club in the world.
As most of you know, I moved to Singapore last year. I found the Wednesday night Hash House group online and decided to give it a try. It was one of the best decisions I have made and it certainly added to my experience of living in Singapore. It is a wonderful way to meet new people and I made many good friends through the Hash.
Singapore has a number of different Hash groups. There is a run practically every night. They also have Hash groups that meet only once a month. There is also a bike Hash and a dog Hash. Some cities also organize river hashes and family hashes.
One of the greatest things about the Hash House Harriers is that anyone can participate regardless of your fitness level. The trail is laid in such a way that everyone finishes the run/walk at approximately the same time. The false trails and shortcuts allow for this. It is a remarkable concept because you can still participate even if you are injured as long as you can walk.
Last month, I couldn't run for a few weeks because I had been a little over zealous in my barefoot running transition. However, I could still participate in the Hash as a walker. One of the reasons injured runners get so depressed is because their social life disappears when they cannot run. This doesn't happen if you run with the Hash House Harriers.
I have recently left Singapore and moved to England. I plan to check out some of the many Hash groups here. If you have never Hashed before, check out a Hash group near you, but beware of the danger -- you may become a Hasher for life. Many do!
Read more about the Hash House Harriers here: Hash House Harriers and if you are already a Hasher, please tell us about your group at the bottom of the article.
Ozzie Gontang manages Mindfulness.com -- a website about mindful running, mindful leadership and living life to the fullest in the present moment. Ozzie has run 88 marathons and a couple of ultra marathons during his running career. He has maintained the FAQs for the popular newsgroup rec.running for over ten years, he is Director of the San Diego Marathon Clinic and he is a Certified Pose Method coach.
I recently interviewed Ozzie to learn more about his unique perspective on running and life. He shared his knowledge and provided some great insights on how to run better and live better.
Click to check out the full interview: Ozzie Gontang Interview
The Benefits of Meditation
Have you tried meditation? You may decide to give it a try when you realize its many physical and mental benefits. Meditating can take many forms, such as while walking or running, making it easier for you to try.
Read the full article here: Benefits of Meditation
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