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7.21.2010

B-day. Running Form. New Shoes. Goulash Coolash.

My birthday is tomorrow. I like my birthdays simple. I don't have to have a lot of things or a party; I just like to hang out and have a good time. My wife gets frustrated with that, but that's how I have always been. My friends who are missionaries to Germany are currently in the states and will be here at my house tomorrow - on my birthday! I love it. I'm so excited to see them. It's been a very long time, but I have a feeling that it'll just pick back up like they had never left. I can't wait to hang out.

other news.

On Wednesdays I go to a nearby town and hit up the local Starbuck's. I love coffee and they have some stuff that I really enjoy. I also get my money's worth as I stay there for a few hours enjoying the entire environment and do some great studying. One of the things that I got to study up on today was (and it's no surprise) - running.

Running Form.

I read up and watched some videos on the proper form of running and the benefits of tuning into your body while running. Look for a post coming up on some of what I have learned. I utilized some of the tips in my run today and my run was great!

One of the things that I will talk about is the necessity to keep your body going forward. One thing that I know I struggle with is that I tend to swing my arms across my body and not front to back. When I do that - it causes a misalignment in my running and affects the entire form. The idea is to use your arms, but that they go straight in the direction that you are going (not like a punch, but a simple bend in your arms and going front front to back). Another aspect of this alignment is to make sure your feet are facing straight as well when running. I used this information today and it was strange because I normally swing my arms across. Who knew something so small could make a difference!

New Shoes.

After I finished my awesome coffee I headed over to a nearby sports store. I took my time as I looked at the running shoes. I had purchased some new shoes a while back, but they were hurting my feet. This time I did my research and I think I walked away with some pretty awesome shoes. I used them tonight, and tonights time was the best I have had on that particular course. I ran the 3.04 miles in 29'33" @ a 9'41" pace.


The run felt good.


Goulash Coolash.

I also wanted to give a shoutout because she helped me out when I was in a bind. She doesn't know it just yet - but she did.

I was in need of a meal to make for me and my wife and something rather easy. I put a tweet out there asking for a quick meal and to my surprise - got zero replies, at least not at that time. I read many blogs and one that I know who posts recipes is Tonya @ Unlikely Success Story. I always comment on her meals and if I could, I would hire her as a chef for my family :)
I found a recipe called Goulash Coolash and it seemed easy enough to make -- so I made it.

It was delicious! My wife does not like Goulash, but she loved Goulash Coolash! Thanks Tonya for the awesome recipe and just to give you the respect - I took a picture of it. I didn't do the mixed vegetables, but it turned out delish!

Goulash Coolash

What is the best thing that has happened to you this week!

16 comments:

seattlerunnergirl said...

Happy birthday! I'll look forward to your post on running form. I used to watch people run, long before I ever did, and I read a lot about it then, too. So I *think* my form is pretty decent, but I am always interested in learning more!

CJ said...

Happy Birthday!

Holly said...

Happy birthday!

I am looking forward to your running form post too!

Miz said...

and its today!

HAPPPY BIRTHDAY!


MizFit

Patsy said...

Happy Birthday!

Your new shoes look great! I recently posted a review of a pair of hiking boots and it's wonderful to find shoes that are fit for the purpose AND are comfortable! :o)

Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story said...

Happy Birthday Seth! :)

I run in asics and I LOVE them. They are definitely my brand of choice.

So, so glad you liked the Goulash Coolash!!! :) Thanks for the props!

Molly said...

Happy Birthday Seth! I hope you have a great one!

MaryFran said...

Happy Birthday! Your plans to hang out with friends and have a nice low key birthday sound perfect to me!

Missy said...

Hope you have a great birthday! What a blessing to have friends from outside the country in town to celebrate with. Enjoy!

-J.Darling said...

Best thing that's happened to me this week -
PAYDAY!!!!!! :)
Sunday will be the best day this week, I'm sure of it! Disneyland with friends! I'll be rockin' a wheelchair, but it'll be awesome. :)

Andrew is getting fit said...

Happy Birthday and I'm glad to hear the new shoes worked out so well!

Angela said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Googie said...

First, Happy Birthday! Second, thanks for the info on running. Thirdly, I just gave you an awar, go check it out!!

Staci Dombroski said...

I am a little behind on reading blogs!!! I hope you had a great birthday :)

kimbo said...

hope your bday was great!!

something that someone told me to help me with my form when i started running is to visual your arms are pulling ropes in front of you to propel yourself forward. it felt really uncomfortable to run with my arms in front of my chest at first but now if i try to do it just to see i cant imagine how i ever ran like that to begin with!!

Scarlett said...

Happy Birthday!

Are those shoes Asics? I got Asics after my knees began to hurt with running, and since then I've been addicted! They are a great brand.