The Peaceful Runner Newsletter #38
November 20, 2013

Body Awareness Can Keep You Running Injury Free

Hello Friend, body awareness

Welcome to the November edition of The Peaceful Runner Newsletter. As you have probably noticed, I have updated my newsletter to a new email format.  I welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions here: Contact Us or add your comments below.

In this issue:

1) Affirmation of the Month
2) Body Awareness Can Keep You Running Injury Free
3) The 100-Up Exercise - Essential to Every Runner!
4) Recipe of the Month: Ham and Asparagus Casserole


Affirmation of the Month: 

"My body will help me achieve my goals." 

-- Our body contains a great source of wisdom and guidance. Tap into and trust its knowledge to help you achieve all your goals. 


Body Awareness--the Road to Wisdom

Body Awareness Can Keep You Running Injury Free

How can increasing your body awareness keep you running injury free?

The answer is simple. If we don't know what our body is doing when we are running, how can we prevent getting injured? 

Our bodies send us signals (messages) all the time -- knee pain, leg cramps, back ache, tight hips, etc. Are we listening? Or do we reject the message, try to ignore it and hope it goes away? Instead, can we accept these signals without judgement and explore them? Can we give them our full loving attention? Truly loving and caring for our body and accepting all its discomforts and its strengths as they are, can bring about great wisdom and changes in how we move and how we feel physically and emotionally.  When we feel great, we can enjoy running more.

As we develop our body awareness we also become more aware of our inner-self and our true origin. We can discover our true potential and we will become stronger mentally, physically and spiritually. You can trust the wisdom of your body.

How can you strengthen and develop your body awareness? Start by giving your body your full attention and focus whenever you are moving. Even if you are just walking across a room, place your awareness on your body. It has great wisdom to share and giving it focus keeps you in the present moment.

When you want to make a stronger, deeper connection, practice a body awareness meditation. It is a very effective method of strengthening your mind and body connection. Read more about how Body Awareness Can Help You Become an Injury Free Runner and try a free Body Awareness Meditation video.

The Feldenkrais Method is another great way to increase body awareness. It is also very helpful in injury recovery and improving mobility and ease of movement.  

Read more here:  How the Feldenkrais Method Can Help You Run Injury Free


The 100-Up Exercise

The "100-Up Exercise" is a simple but effective drill that can help you improve your fitness and running technique and it can easily be practiced indoors. Also, if you are recovering from an injury, you may be able to use this exercise to maintain your fitness and build strength.  Every runner needs to learn this simple drill!

Click on this link to learn how to do use this tool to run perfectly: The 100-Up Exercise


Ham and Asparagus Casserole

This recipe is a tasty way to use leftover ham. It is comforting and satisfying dish and bakes in only 10 minutes. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 3/4 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 2 1/2 cups asparagus cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces 
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp butter 
  • 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups ham cut into small cubes
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
  2. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Add asparagus in last minute of cooking. Remove from heat, drain, add peas and stir. 
  3. Combine flour, thyme, salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Slowly stir in milk and then broth. Mix well. 
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan and add onions. Cook until onions are soft. Add milk mixture and cook until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add juice. 
  5. In a large bowl, combine pasta mixture with milk mixture. Add ham and parsley. Stir gently to combine. 
  6. Spoon into a 2-quart casserole dish and sprinkle with Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. 

Enjoy!


Until next month, keep running and stay happy and peaceful!

Jackie


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