Daily Rejuvenation

The working world can be tough at times, and so can personal and interrelationships. Folks with major league egos, or the lack of it, lash out in your work place because of insecurity, or just out of stress, as well as yours. Lack of concern for one another in the world we live in. We have been told and have learned to take care of our own, and that’s as far as it goes for most.

The world can be a petty place at times. It teaches us to hate, and learning to care about one’s own security with money, our interconnection is lost. It can be described as tit for tat.

So why are we runners different? Or are we? I say yes, as every time we go for that hour or more run and come back sweating, huffing, puffing and feeling great, we have a better understanding of reaching out and interconnecting. Why is this? Why should we care about such unimportant matters when we feel so good and know that our physical health, one of the things we are in control of, is successful?

A nice bottle of water, or the new day concept of chocolate milk or protein shake, then to the shower for a wonderful rinse off, and it’s like a rebirth. It feels great, so who cares about all the insignificant stuff in the world? We have found the daily rejuvenation. It is like starting life all over again after that hour or so run. Do other runners feel like I do with these daily new beginnings?

Your Immune System

I believe if one is conscious of some basic laws of nature, then running can increase the immune system to ward off illness.

With proper rest and a decent diet combined with respecting the law of nature, I have not been ill to the point of being bed ridden for over 20 years now. My formula is the following:

When feeling a cold or flu coming on, slow down your running and activity but don’t stop your daily cycle, just slow down. Take it at a slower pace. Most medical doctors agree that resigning oneself to the bed may be the worst thing one can do and there are many reasons, including physiological and mental effects.

Then there are antibiotics. I have not taken one in over twenty years. I am not a medical doctor and if I have a real illness which I understood antibiotics were needed, then for sure I would follow my doctor’s advice. But I believe they can break down one’s immune system over time.

So what to do when you feel a cold or flu coming on? Drink plenty of water. During your run, try to spit out as much phlegm as you can. Shorten your runs. Be a little more conscious about diet and use your instincts about your work and daily activities. And relax when you can as you need to slow down. As many doctors say, the common cold is a necessity because it is the warning signs that your system is breaking down. So accept the warning signs and follow some rules of nature and you will find that your immune system will strengthen and will be able to combat major illness and you can avoid a full blown cold or flu.

So we all have different methods. What is yours?

The Perfect Run

Saturday night is a time to relax with good food, family and friends and some good Vodka, beer and wine. A peaceful sleep knowing no work is scheduled on Sunday.

Sunday runs are the best. I start out at 5am and there are running clubs and regulars in groups that are out on the roads early every Sunday morning. From running in Baguio City for more than 6 years, I’ve come to know almost all these running groups. Sunday is my long easy social running day. I am an above average runner especially for a 55 year old, so I stay to run and talk for maybe 15 to 20 minutes at a time with these various groups. I usually run for two hours or more. Baguio is hilly so an easy run is still a great workout. People on the roads who run in groups have fun! At approx 7:15 AM, I am done and feeling great and i go to my family condo and drink fluids, have a little light weight training and the wonderful hot shower. What a perfect run followed by a nice peaceful family day. So Sundays for me are my perfect runs because the nature of these runs is to have fun. Plus, it makes the rest of my day so relaxing after a long fun run. Enjoy your perfect runs!