The Importance of Running

My first pair of shoes

As I woke, I peeked out the bedroom window to get a sense of the day ahead. I often do that so I know whether it is sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy… whatever. I also saw my neighbour returning home from an early morning workout. That was the spark I needed to get back into my running shoes.

I had breakfast and got the kids off to daycare just as I always do, but I also let my mind relax so it could plan out my first run of 2013. After returning home from my pre-work chores, I quickly jumped into my running gear, darted out the door… and ran.

It felt so good to be back on the road again, to feel the sun on my face, to feel my heart race, and listen to the metronomic (I think I just made that word up) cadence of my feet gripping the pavement with each bound.

I felt free, and for a brief period I felt completely unplugged from the rest of the world and living solely within myself. No computers, no tablets, no cell phones… just ME!

I love running because it allows me to slow things down, to reflect, to think. Running is my time to completely zen out and gather my thoughts. I think nearly every great idea or decision I’ve made in life has come while running.

The rest of the day was a complete joy. I was happy, I was upbeat. I am often those things, but it felt less forced yesterday and I attribute that to my morning run.

I can’t stress enough how important exercise is for the mind. I think people often treat exercise as just another chore to complete, but I think that if we can find the one form of exercise that truly lets us relax, and lets our minds become free, then we can be much happier. I believe that exercise can help us see things more clearly, deal with challenges more easily, and live a more productive life.

What is it that helps you recharge and regroup from your busy schedules? I’d love to find out what you do by leaving a comment below.


Nick Hornby Saved My Life

Through the first twenty five years of my life I hated reading. In fact, the only thing I read with any sort of regularity was the liner notes of the CDs I bought.

But, over the past several years I’ve discovered so many amazing books and authors (perhaps I’ll add a page to the blog so I can list my favorites sometime). I’m definitely a sucker for the easy to read and action-pact Dan Brown style novels, but I also love non-fiction books about history, science, business, and music.

So, if I were to have an author of my choosing write a biography about me it would have to be Nick Hornby. Any time I see or hear his name, I immediately think of High Fidelity, his amazing novel about a hard-luck record store owner. Perhaps it’s because the story brings back memories of listening to music on vynil, spending hours upon hours making mix tapes… onĀ cassetteĀ tape… and the excitement of actually leaving your house to BUY music at the record store.

In many of his novels, Hornby uses top-five song lists to describe girlfriends, life events, and the general music interests of his characters.

Because of all this, I would love to see what he would come up with after spending some time with me and putting my life in print.

I’ll leave you with the High Fidelity trailer… simply because it’s also one of my all time favorite movies.