I don’t like to run in the evenings. I can go to the gym and lift at night, but not run. My energy is usually low, my body is tired, and I’m typically starving by the time 5 or 6 o’clock rolls around. And I can’t really run after I eat all of the food.
But last night, I was itching to run. My mind has been pretty scattered lately and my body has been creaky and achy and stiff. I haven’t been running much recently but I needed to move. I hoped that by doing so, everything would click back into place. Plus, it was a beautiful evening.
I needed that run, largely because I needed to get out of my own head. Oftentimes when I run, I stop thinking aka over-thinking and obsessing about the things that I have no control over or sulking in some bad mood. I just move.
I came home feeling lighter than I have all week. Do you have runs like that?
Here’s this week’s Friday Round-Up – some of the best posts that I’ve read this week. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did.
What We Say to Girls* Matters [New study shows what telling a girl she’s “fat” really does]
Wow. There’s so much in this post from Charlotte about the power of words, body image and fat shaming. It amazes me that we continue to come back to equating our self worth with our body image. I know that I continue to do this, no matter how much progress I make in my own life, it feels like this primal reflex that kicks in.
As Charlotte says, words matter. “And we’re using our words to talk about the wrong things. We have celebrities talking about ‘eating air.’ We have women using diet talk as the way they bond with each other. We have people telling little girls they are fat in an effort to ‘help’ them. Instead, I wish we would use our words to tell our bodies thank you.” <– YES.
So, About Writing
It’s no secret that I adore Galit’s writing. In this post, Galit shares a bit about how she comes up with those brilliant words. I love pulling back the curtains and getting a sneak peak into some of my favorite writers and their process. I think it’s because I wish that I had a process. Do you have a writing process?
A Eulogy for Twitter
There’s been a lot of murmurings about how Twitter has changed, that it’s full of noise, that people aren’t engaging in the same way. I know for myself, I don’t hang out on Twitter as much as I used to. It’s partly my own fault (I’m not very good at organizing my followers into lists to help me keep track of things). Just as the blogging world has changed, it’s inevitable that social media platforms evolve and change too. What do you think?
From the Coach: 10 Life Lessons from Running
Debbie is preparing for her 14th season coaching high school cross country. Here, she shares 10 life lessons that high school students will learn from running. I wish that I had learned these lessons at an earlier age. I’m still learning them now.
STOP making excuses and START achieving your goals
To be quite honest with you, I’ve been feeling stuck lately. I’ve been having trouble staying motivated and moving towards my goals. Mostly, I just want to sit around and read a book. Carla’s post was a good kick in the pants and helped me acknowledge the fact that yes, I am making excuses for not doing the work. I love her pointers on how to move forward.
Speaking of Carla, I’m over at her place today sharing a bit about how I started to find my voice. I would love for you to come and visit!
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