Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Run For Fido Important Update

As race day grew closer I was feeling confident in my effort to run 12-hours and 55-60 miles while raising almost $3,000 for the Nevada SPCA.  A week before the race, while on a training run, I fell and broke a bone in my hand/wrist.  I was upset but figured heck its my hand I can at least still run.  That was until I went to see the orthopedic doctor and he said I broke the worst possible bone in my body and the hardest bone to heal properly because of low blood flow to that area.  He was very adamant that I should not run the 12-hour run this weekend or run at all for about month to prevent further damage to the bone.  If I don’t listen to him I run the risk of needing surgery, which is a very difficult surgery to do and recover from.  Needless to say I am not running this weekend or at all for at least a month. 

Run For Fido is not dead since I have a 56-mile run I was planning to do in June.  I will continue my fundraising efforts through June and that race.  The good news is that I have more time to meet my financial goal of $3,000.  You can still follow my adventure on my Run For Fido Facebook page and lets face it this has really turned into quite an adventure!

Thank you for those who have donated and supported me, I will be running in no time at all.  The dogs, NSPCA, and I appreciate your support.  If you know me well you know my determination is relentless!

Thank You!
Coach Cyndee

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Simple Tips To Staying Safe When Running

For the most part running is a relatively safe sport, but there can be a few things to be aware of.  If your like me most of your running is done alone.  I am usually running with my dogs but not always another human.  Over the past 20 years of running I can honestly say I have only had a few scary things happen but it only takes one bad situation to put you in danger.  Most of my scary situations involved off leashed dogs rather than people.  In either case carrying a few essentials could save your life or the life of your pet if your dog is running with you.  A few years back I was out early with my dogs and several off leash dogs attacked my dogs.  My dog that wasn't friendly with other dogs (except my other dog, she loved him) fought back and didn't get hurt but my other dog Tigger wasn't a fighter and they attacked him.  I was helpless and couldn't get the dogs off him for what seemed like forever but I'm sure was only seconds.  If I  would have had my stun gun I think I could have kept them back because many dogs are terrified just from the sound of it.  Needless to say I carry one now along with mace.  
Here are some safety tips for you when you are running:

  • Carry mace or pepper spray.

  • Carry stun gun and/or whistle/noise maker.
  • Use a leash that goes around your waist so your hands are free if you run with your dogs.  Always keep your dog on leash, you never know if other dogs may not be friendly and don't want your dog running up to another dog or chasing after a rabbit or chipmunk.  
  • Carry your phone for emergencies.  I use a small hydration pack that my phone fits in.
  • Keep music turned down so you are more aware of your surroundings and if its dark don't use headphones.
  • Wear reflective gear if you're running in the dark and make sure your dog has it too.
  • If its dark outside try and stay on busier well lit streets.
  • If you encounter an off leash dog most times a loud foot stomp and NO will keep them away but always stop running if you see one because they may want to chase you.  
  • Change up your running routine by running at different times and taking different routes.
  • Always let someone know when you're headed out for a run.
  • Run with Fido, strangers don't know if your dog is friendly or not so you may be less of a target if you have a dog with you.  My dog doesn't like strangers and will bark if someone comes too close.  Most people stay far away from me if she's barking!                                              
Running is an easy way to stay in shape.  Just make sure you and your pet stay safe when doing it.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Easy Steps To Reduce Stress

Stress can wreak havoc on your body both mentally and physically.  Stress can lead to a host of medical problems that could potentially lead you to a doctor or hospital visit.  It can cause a host of problems that you don't want.

Stress can cause:
  • anxiety
  • rapid heart rate
  • weight gain or weight loss
  • headaches
  • muscle tension
  • ulcers
  • stomach distress
  • heart burn
  • over/under eating
  • poor nutritional choices
Take these simple steps to reduce the stress in your life:
  • Try sticking to a schedule and planning your day/week in advance.
  • Get up 15 minutes earlier than normal so you can have some quiet time and aren't rushing to get out the door.  Maybe use this time for meditation or whatever relaxes you.
  • Do something you have always wanted to do but just haven't taken action to do it. If you have been thinking about volunteer work then do it.  If you have wanted to take a class then do it.  Do something for yourself that you want to do.
  • Add de-stressing aromatherapy to your life.  Lavender, Chamomile, Frankincence, Rose, and Vanilla are all good to reduce stress. You can use them in a diffuser or apply them to the back of your neck or temples.  If you use them on the skin you can dilute them with a carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed oil.  
  • Reduce the time you spend with toxic people.  We all know them and have them in our life, they are people who are full of negativity.  Limit the time you spend with these people as much as possible.  At first it might be hard and you might feel guilty but in the end they will likely find someone else to complain to.  
  • Quit procrastinating, get organized, and just do it.  If you let things pile up then you will get stressed out.  An example is my laundry.  I have lots of laundry because I workout two times a day and I do massage so I always have to wash massage sheets.  I have to do at least two loads a day or it would pile up and that would stress me out.  
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help.  If you are very overwhelmed then turn to a loved one or friend and ask them to help you out with some things so you can get caught up.  Once you get caught up then pay attention to the previous tip and don't procrastinate just get things done.  
  • Try a yoga class they are relaxing, and good for you.
  • Take a bath with some of the essential oils mentioned above for reducing stress or better yet try some of my epsom salts with essential oils for reducing stress. 
  • Schedule a massage at least once a month. 
  • Try drinking herbal teas to relax.  You can find some that are specifically for relaxing and stress. Passionflower and Chamomile are two that are good for stress and anxiety.  
  • Get adequate sleep every night.  Don't try and catch up on the weekend because this doesn't work you will feel run down and more stressed.  Getting enough sleep will help you feel refreshed and think clearly to get things accomplished.  
Stress is very dangerous for your body and continued stress over years will lead to a lot of health problems.  Try accomplishing one of these tips each month and it won't seem so overwhelming.  Good Luck! 

Coach Cyndee