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The Peaceful Runner Newsletter #16 - January 10, 2012 - Running with the Blues
January 10, 2012

Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of The Peaceful Runner Newsletter - your free monthly resource for inspirational articles and quotes, healthy recipes and the latest news and trends in running.

Running Goals

In this issue:

1) Quote of the month
2) Article: Running with the Blues
3) What are your running Goals for 2012?
4) How to relax your body to run better

Quote of the Month:

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
-- Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi)

Running with the Blues

Are you struggling with after-holiday blues? Is it making your runs more difficult? Are your runs sluggish and you struggle to find motivation to get going? If you feel this way, you are not alone. I have found my first runs in the New Year to be quite difficult. Of course the five pounds I put on over the holidays have not helped. I feel that too many social gatherings with lots of delicious food and drinks have taken its toll on my body, but it may also be something else. It could also be the after-holiday blues.

I have noticed that my thoughts while running lately have not been as positive as usual. Once I became aware that my thoughts were contributing to my sluggish, difficult runs, I was able to change what I was doing. I began to use Positive Affirmations as I have in the past to change my thoughts back to be more positive and productive. It is incredible the effect that our thoughts have on our bodies. My run this morning started out sluggish, but when I began repeating my favorite affirmation, "I am a strong and healthy runner," it became much easier and it was definitely the most enjoyable run I have had since the holidays.

Give Positive Affirmations a try to help you get over the after-holiday blues. They will help you keep your thoughts positive and help you enjoy all your runs. Some days you will be more tired than others and you will have to concentrate harder. You may even take more walk breaks than usual, but don't lose your joy of running. Positive thoughts will help you enjoy the experience even if you don't feel as strong as usual.

If your motivation needs a boost, check out How to Stay Motivated to get your New Year off to a running start!

What are your running goals for 2012?

It is a new year and a new beginning. Make a commitment to a new running goal now. It is one of the best ways to stay motivated. Is this the year you will do your first half or full marathon? Will you achieve a new 10km PR?

Decide on your running goal and share it with us. Sharing it will increase your commitment to making it happen.

Share your running goals for 2012 here: Running Goals

How to relax your body to run better

A relaxed body uses less tension and therefore has more energy to perform. You can learn how to use your strength and still remain relaxed, resulting in more efficient running and less injuries. These Relaxation Exercises for Runners will show you how.

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Keep peaceful and keep running injury free,


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