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The Peaceful Runner Newsletter #5 - February 1, 2011 - Do you struggle when running solo?
February 01, 2011

Welcome to the February 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
2) Article: Do you struggle when running solo?
3) Need a Training Plan to get you Motivated?
4) News: Have you tried snowshoes for running?
5) Recipe of the month: Hot Chocolate for Grown-ups

Quote of the Month:

"You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered." Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Article: Do you struggle when running solo?

Why do we find it so difficult to run by ourselves? When we run with a group, the conversations and the energy from the group seem to carry us along and keep us going. When we are by ourselves, we struggle with our thoughts, which are often negative, making the run much more difficult.

We look for distractions like music and other runners to help us avoid dealing with our own thoughts. To become a good runner, we must be both mentally and physically strong. Physical strength is not enough.

One of my friends demonstrates this point very well. She is very strong physically and is quite a fast runner, but she really struggles running alone and often will not run if she cannot find someone to run with.

More runners are becoming aware of Running Psychology and how much our thoughts affect our performance. Practice Mindful Running and using Positive Affirmations. They will make you mentally stronger to help you deal with difficult runs and races.

When you have developed the strength of your mind, you will no longer depend on other runners, music or any other external distraction to keep you going. You will have confidence and you know you can do it on your own. You will be truly free to run and train as you wish.

Of course you will still enjoy running with a group, but you will no longer be dependant on them. Stop avoiding your thoughts - use them to become a powerful, independant runner!

Need a Training Plan to get you Motivated?

Need motivation to get you back on the right track? Pick one of these training programs. These programs range from beginner to advanced and include distances from 5km up to marathon distance - one just right for you!

News: Have you tried snowshoe running?

Snowshoe running is a great way to beat the winter blahs and try a new sport that really lets you enjoy old man winter. This article tells you all you need to know about getting started and buying the right pair. It also has a great video of snowshoe running in action.

Check out Snowshoe Running 101: How to Get Started.

Recipe of the Month: Hot Chocolate for Grown-ups

Bring back your childhood memories of drinking hot chocolate to warm you on a cold winter day. This one is delicious and low-fat too!

Hot Chocolate for Grown-ups

  • 1 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stir with fork or whisk to break up any lumps.
  2. Reduce heat and whisk constantly for 2 minutes until frothy.
  3. Remove from heat and enjoy!

Nutritional Facts per serving:

FAT 0.8 G

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Keep peaceful and keep running,


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