Spring Into Your Practice: Instagram Yoga Challenge

My second yoga challenge was the  spring into your practice challenge on instagram. I loved this journey, scroll down to see the poses and how I did…

To start off the challenge we had to share the below picture, follow the sponsors and the hosts and then get ready for the first pose…

Spring Into Your Practice

Spring Into Your Practice

The hosts were:

@THIEVINGBIRDYOGA
@ROXY_YOGA_LOVE
@ACASUALYOGI
@AMBUCHANAN82

and the sponsors were:

@fourseeapparel
@treecandleteam
@omsoulshop
@omgoddess.clothing
@sashka_co
@libretea
@satucintaapparel
@happyheartthings
@hippiechickherbalharmony

So without further a-do… the poses…

Day 1: chair pose or utkatasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 1 Utkatasana or Chair Pose ... only kidding! Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 1 Utkatasana or Chair Pose … only kidding! Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 1 Utkatasana or Chair Pose. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 1 Utkatasana or Chair Pose. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Day 2: Upward Facing Dog or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 2 Upward Facing Dog or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 2 Upward Facing Dog or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

 

 Day 3: boat pose or Navasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 3 Boat Pose or Navasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 3 Boat Pose or Navasana. It was colder than it looks! Photos by Danielle Bussell

 

 

Day 4: dolphin pose or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 4 Dolphin Pose or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 4 Dolphin Pose or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Day 5: Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 5 Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 5 Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Day 6: camel pose or Ustrasana.

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 6 Camel Pose or Ustrasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 6 Camel Pose or Ustrasana. I got some odd sock loving from the hosts this day :) Photos by Danielle Bussell

Day 7: bound angle pose or Baddha Konasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 7 Bound Angle Pose or Baddha Konasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 7 Bound Angle Pose or Baddha Konasana. When centering one’s self it always helps to wear a face mask. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Day 8: Standing Back bend Pose or Anuvittasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 8 Standing Back Bend Pose or Anuvittasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 8 Standing Back Bend Pose or Anuvittasana. Come to think of it, if I were wearing yellow I’d actually look like The Mask… Photos by Danielle Bussell

 

 

 

 

Day 9: Cow Face Pose or Gomukhasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 9 Cow Face Pose or Gomukhasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 9 Cow Face Pose or Gomukhasana. PJ Day!! Photos by Danielle Bussell

 Day 10: Side Angle Pose or Utthita Parsvakonasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 10 Side Angle Pose or Utthita Parsvakonasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 10 Side Angle Pose or Utthita Parsvakonasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

 Day 11: Standing Forward Fold or Uttanasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 11 Standing Forward Fold or Uttanasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 11 Standing Forward Fold or Uttanasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

 Day 12: mountain pose or tadasana

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 12 Mountain Pose or Tadasana. Photos by Danielle Bussell

Spring Into Your Practice: Day 12 Mountain Pose or Tadasana. I didn’t realise how lopsided those buns were at the time… not quite as Leia as I intended… Photos by Danielle Bussell

I loved this challenge. I’d had an unintentional break from my yoga because things just got hectic really quickly, so I loved being able to get back to my practice and really focus on getting back to thinking about my inner happiness.

The best bit about this challenge was how supportive the hosts were. They commented such lovely things which really encouraged me to try harder and rekindled my love for yoga.

I was so thrilled when I was announced as one of the winners for this challenge. There were so many people who really worked hard on this challenge and it was lovely to see such a wide variety of people taking part – from beginners (like me) to seasoned pros.

Spring Into Your Practice: and the winners are...

Spring Into Your Practice: and the winners are…

The winners of Spring Into Your Practice were…
@hoopalooper@satucintaapparel
@peace.love.yoga4@omsoulshop
@peaceyogadogs@happyheartthings
@terrijean_76@libretea
@apomerbeatriz@omgoddess.clothing
@healthybydani@sashka_co
@zk.yoga@treecandle
@happy_yogi_878@fourseeapparel
@katmckay.yoga@hippiechickherbalharmony

 

I contacted my allocated sponsor and I’m very excited to say my prize was 3 free bracelets. I couldn’t be more chuffed with such a generous prize!

Once they arrive I will do a mini post to show you the goodies :)

I just want to say one last massive thank you to the hosts and the sponsors for this challenge. I had such a great time and I really appreciate all your support and encouragement!

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Learn to Love Yourself. Photo by Danielle Bussell

Learn to Love Yourself

I honestly don’t know a single person who doesn’t wish they could change something about themselves, including me, and that makes me sad. Here’s a few thoughts and reflections on how I began to love me for me and began a happier life because of it. 

 

We’ve all been there, we’re starting to go through the changes that make us who we are, and we start to notice things we never did before. It’s usually because someone else has noticed it and feels kind enough to let us know. Sometimes they tell us because they really don’t see the damage they may cause, but sometimes they do it because they want to cause damage, and that is when things start to change with the way we look at ourselves.

I, like many people, was picked on at one point in my life, and it’s a horrible period in your life where you question everything about yourself. You expect when you get older for this teasing and picking to stop, but sometimes it doesn’t. I was picked on at school, but I got over it when I matured and fell into a comfortable friendship group. Don’t get me wrong, it will always be with me, but that childish bullying was nothing compared to how I was treated when I was of an age where I thought this should all be done and dusted.

I started work somewhere I thought was going to be incredibly rewarding and I was so excited to begin my adult chapter of my life. It started with comments about how I should wear more makeup, I thought, ok I’m getting older now and becoming more mature, I could try a little cover-up or lipstick now and again. Then were comments about my accent, something inherently me. Again, I worked to better myself as I thought that’s what I should do. I really wish I’d noticed the danger signs like everyone else did, but I thought it was a part of the business I was going into and I should suck it up. Things became more and more about my appearance and the way I spoke and carried myself. Comments about my foot that turns in (you may remember I mentioned that in a post about getting trainers fit) was were my mind snapped back to me and I began to get more annoyed that I was being turned into a puppet. I love my turning in foot, my out of control hair, my lack of caring towards makeup… it’s 100% me!! Eventually it got to a point where I’d become a shell of myself. I am a strong, confident, independent woman and I am proud of my upbringing and who I am inside. I’m so lucky that my now fiance sat me down and asked me what I wanted to do… and I wanted out! He supported me through all of it and I’m so lucky for that… but to cut a loooong story short, this is the moment I decided I loved me, and I wouldn’t give that up for anything!

When the realisation hits…

I can’t quite pin point that moment I finally realised I loved everything about who I am, it just… happened one day and I suddenly thought… wow… I’m awesome ;)

Don’t get me wrong, I know there are things about me that are pretty rubbish… my short temper being my internal issue and my super pear figure and lack of stunning ginger hair being my personal external issues, but why should we be made to feel bad for being who we are? There’s no-one who can be you better than you. I read that somewhere and it really resonated with me. Nowadays there’s so much thrown at us about how we should look, how we should behave. As far as I’m concerned as long as I wear what I think I look good in, as long as I look after myself and the ones I love, and as long as I behave towards others the way I’d hope they behave to me, why should it matter to anyone else? As long as I am not hurting anybody, why should they try and hurt me?

There are a lot of people out there who will try and influence you to wear what they think you should be wearing, to be the size they think you should be, or to eat what they think you should eat. I want my readers to be under no illusions. I am not perfect! I will never pretend to be either. I LOVE chocolate, cheese, crackers, crisps, milkshake, ice-cream… NETFLIX!! I don’t spend every waking moment thinking about what I should and shouldn’t eat or thinking of new ways to get that perfect angle of photos (that doesn’t mean I won’t also discard ones I don’t think are nice). I’m just a person on a journey to try and be the best me I can be, without losing who I am inside.

There are loads more social media presences that are showing you how they actually look. I love the pictures of people sitting down showing that they, like us all, get a roll over their trousers when they holding it. This is making a positive change in how we view ourselves and is lowering that unreachable bar of perceived perfection.

When I pushed the negative thoughts out of my head, it opened me up to a whole new world of positivity. One thing I would highly recommend is taking up a hobby that helps you connect to who you are. For me, that’s yoga. It’s so grounding and really helps you focus your mind and body on happiness.

So… without further ado… my tips for learning to love you?

Step One: Try as hard as you can not to let the haters in.

Step Two: Treat yourself every now and then.

Step Three: Spend time finding out who you are, not who others want you to be.

Step Four: Try not to allow yourself to be warped by unrealistic media, social or otherwise.

Step Five: Surround yourself with people who love you for you.

Step Six: Tell yourself something positive about who you are everyday.

Step Seven: If you’re in a toxic environment – get out of there!

Step Eight: Find someone you can share your burdens with.

Step Nine: Take up a hobby that helps you connect to who you are.

Step Ten: Remember, you are you and that instantly makes you special.

 

I hope you found this refreshing if nothing else. I’d love to know if you have been on a similar journey for self love and if you have, what are your top tips?

Coming Soon: Spring Into Your Practice

I’m so excited to be starting my second yoga pose challenge this week! 

 

It’s been a long time since I really challenged my practice and I feel like I need to start to push myself again. #SpringIntoYourPractice is running from 20 – 31 March, so keep an eye out on my Instagram for a daily update and head back here after the challenge ends for my review.

Spring Into Your Practice

Spring Into Your Practice

A big thank you to the hosts:
@ambuchanan82
@thievingbirdyoga
@acasualyogi
@roxy_yoga_love

and another big thank you to the sponsors:
@fourseeapparel
@hippiechickherbalharmony
@omsoulshop
@sashka_co
@omgoddess.clothing
@happyheartthings
@satucintaapparel
@treecandle
@libretea

Day Six: Dancer Pose

Up To Balance 12 Day Yoga Challenge

Yesterday I finished the 12 day #uptobalance challenge on Instagram and I loved it! Check out how I nailed all the poses and see how I found the journey :)

I love to search on Instagram for inspiration and stumbled across @ktbabieyogini and found she was hosting a 12 day balance challenge with @getfityogagirl, @joe_lizzzzzz_yoga and @elisheva_yoga.  All of their pages were so inspirational and so I decided to jump right in and give my first yoga challenge a try! It was sponsored by @aloyoga and their page is also so inspiring and their sportswear is stunning!

The Hosts & Sponsors

The Hosts & Sponsors

Each day a different host posted the pose we were to recreate, we then posted with #uptobalance, tagging the host’s and sponsors. Some days I found the poses achievable, others… not so much. But even though I found it really hard sometimes I loved testing myself and each different pose helped me, and will continue to help me, improve my practice and hopefully my balance.

So without further a-do sit back and marvel over my first attempt at a yoga challenge, and for the majority, my first attempt at these poses.

Day One: Flamingo Pose

Day One: Flamingo Pose

 

Day Two: Standing Hand to Big Toe

Day Two: Standing Hand to Big Toe

 

Day Three: Half/Crescent Moon

Day Three: Half/Crescent Moon

 

Day Four: Revolved Hand to Big Toe

Day Four: Revolved Hand to Big Toe

 

Day Five: One Legged Chair

Day Five: One Legged Chair

 

Day Six: Dancer Pose

Day Six: Dancer Pose

Day Seven: Eagle Pose

Day Seven: Eagle Pose

Day Eight: Unsupported Bond One Foot Intense Stretch Pose

Day Eight: Unsupported Bond One Foot Intense Stretch Pose

Day Nine: Warrior 3

Day Nine: Warrior 3

Day Ten: Hand to Foot Revolved Half Moon

Day Ten: Hand to Foot Revolved Half Moon

Day Eleven: Standing Splits

Day Eleven: Standing Splits

Day Twelve: Standing Compass Pose

Day Twelve: Standing Compass Pose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During this challenge I tried using an impromptu yoga strap (as you saw) and I really found it helped, so I ordered one straight away and can’t wait to see how it changes my ability. I’d definitely recommend one (and will try and write a review when I’ve had a practice)!

I think my favourite pose throughout this challenge was between day three: half/crescent moon and day six: dancer pose. I just loved them! I felt so strong and powerful doing them, but also so calm and centred. When I look back at the pictures it takes me back to how I felt while holding them and makes me want to start the challenge all over again.

All in all I thought this challenge was great. It has really pushed my abilities and helped me start a new phase of my practice that I hope to continue and improve over the years.

Make sure you checkout the hosts (and sponsors) pages for instructions on how to achieve these poses and to see how they’re really done!

Thumbs up for a good run. Photo by Danielle Bussell

From 5km to 10km

I’m on my way to my half marathon goal, and although it’s not been easy, I’m loving it.

It’s now only 13 weeks away from The Great North Run, and I’m freaking out! I keep thinking, ‘why on earth did you sign up for a half marathon?’, but then I remember how proud I’ll be when I finish and what a great cause I’m running for. I’m also finding that I’m enjoying running more and more and that it’s becoming easier each time I go out.

I’ve been working on a few different things in my running and I’ve really found my stride and pace. There’s lots of different forums with advice for how to run a half marathon, I’ve had a look at different ones and have taken a few things on board which I think have really helped.

Thumbs up for a good run. Photo by Danielle Bussell

Thumbs up for a good run. Photo by Danielle Bussell

They talk a lot about interval training when you’re running long distance. This is because it helps build up your stamina making it easier for you to run long distance. I struggle with interval training as I tend to remember about it on the end of a run, and by that point I’m knackered, so intervals leave me basically hyperventilating.  When you run with them in mind however, they can be great. The basic principle for those who haven’t heard about interval training is to use landmarks like lamp posts and to sprint/run to one and run/jog to the other and repeat. Remember to stretch after these really well and take lots of water because if you aren’t used to sprinting it will really take the breath out of you.

Apparently Newcastle is hilly… I’ve been told this by a very reliable source, my dad! He ran this race for the first time 2 years ago and was told there weren’t hills and he’d be fine, but there were, and although he was fine, hills are not pleasant when you aren’t expecting them. With this in mind I’ve been training myself to run up hills. I have to admit I love running up hills, maybe I’m part mountain goat, who knows…? I feel such a sense of achievement when I get to the top and the view is amazing! I definitely recommend running up hills, albeit slowly. The buzz you get when you’ve reached the top is so worth the effort and it means when you’re running back you’re full of happiness and adrenaline to keep you going.

The final thing I’ve been practicing is to just keep swimming!… well… running. When I’m on a long run, it gets hard to keep motivated. I find myself trying to workout how much water I have left and should I start rationing now just in case, should I have taken that turning to end this run sooner… should I walk back??? and so on. When you’re running for a long time music only gets you so far, so for me I like a long run that I’ve never done before. That way everything is new and you stay motivated for longer. You also just need to tell yourself you can do it and you’re setting a great achievement. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you need to stop and it’s not worth injury when you know you should stop. When you feel that, you know you’ve done a great job and you need to take it easy the rest of the way. I found on my last 10km that my calf was really sore. I pushed my way through another few km and then I decided enough was enough, I decided to continue the run, but I stretched out every now and then. It meant my time wasn’t as good, but I managed to continue my run without injuring myself. So, you need to know when you’ve reached your limits, but also know when you could go just that bit further.

Remember to have a really good stretch to relieve your muscles. Photo by Danielle Bussell

Remember to have a really good stretch to relieve your muscles. Photo by Danielle Bussell

So after all that waffle, how am I actually doing?

I feel like I’m going strong, but equally feel really behind. I need to up my distance, because with 13 weeks to go and 2 of them in Spain, it’s going to be tough going to raise my miles. I know I can do it, it’s finding interesting routes and motivating myself to keep going. But I feel confident in myself and don’t want to let down any of the wonderful people who have sponsored me to help raise money for Stroke Association.

Charity goal wise I’m so close now! I aimed for £250 and I’m about £5 off so yay! I’ve decided I’m going to up my goal to £300 and see how I get on, but I’m so happy that I’ve done it and I’m so thankful to everyone for their help, with a special thanks to my work for eating lots of cakes, it’s been tough, but I’m grateful for your sacrifice :)

Jumping for joy at the top of Mousehold Heath. Photo by Danielle Bussell

Jumping for joy at the top of Mousehold Heath. Photo by Danielle Bussell

While training also remember, there’s always time for an action shot… just don’t spend 5 minutes trying to get it and just as you decide enough is enough, let the wind knock your phone off the ledge and smash your screen ¬¬ thank goodness for glass screen protectors!

No Junk June

So I don’t think No Junk June is an official thing, and if it isn’t I totally came up with the name if anyone asks… this is my Ross Die Hard plot napkin moment!

I, like so many others, am striving for a happier healthier life, but it’s soooo difficult when temptation is around every corner. I for one find it really difficult to say no to chocolate, even if I’m not hungry or I’m completely full, I always find room (I just remembered there’s an easter egg in my kitchen cupboard – not because of will power, because it was only just dropped off – help me now!).

I really want to make a positive change in my diet so, starting today, and for the rest of the month, I am going free from:

Chocolate bars
Ice-cream
Fizzy drinks
Sweets
Donuts/Rice crispy cakes (a frequent temptation)

Take-away’s
Pizza
Chips

Crisps
Biscuits (Inc. Chocolate fingers… ooh they’re so good)
Cake
…basically anything that would be considered ‘junk food’ in it’s most loosest of forms, hence the name No Junk June, brilliant I know.

I don’t want you to get the wrong impression, I don’t eat these on a daily or sometimes even weekly basis, but when I do eat them, it opens the flood gates.

I’m hoping that by making these changes this month, I’ll see an improvement in my health in terms of having more energy, better skin and maybe even helping towards my toning up and running training.

I’ll let you know how I’m getting on every now and again, updating on if I’m successfully fighting my cravings or not (and I really hope I am). I’ll also experiment with healthy snacks to replace some of the naught treats on the list.

Wish me luck and feel free to join in and comment your success! :)

Working on balance, arm, leg and core muscles. Photo by Danielle Bussell

Yogalates: My Experience So Far

I love exercise classes, but sometimes, we just don’t have the time or the money to attend them regularly if at all. A great way around this? Workout DVDs!

As far as DVD workouts go, it’s safe to say I’m quite a sceptic. Or at least, I was. For me the idea of doing a workout DVD isn’t exactly thrilling, I’d much rather catch up on some Netflix, but when you don’t have time to go to the gym or to a workout class, DVDs really are a saving grace.

Now it’s important not to do what I used to do, which was to sit and watch them exercise while I had a well-earned snack (I mean, that’s exercise for your eyes right?!), but it can be really hard to remain motivated when there’s no-one to see you stop and your sofa is right there. But motivation is the aim of the game, try using a room you where you can’t easily fall and land on a comfy sofa, maybe a hallway (if you can see the TV or at least hear it, or maybe a conservatory or garden).

Being a sceptic, I really wasn’t sure if I’d actually get into it. I’m lucky I have a friend who’s also making changes to her routine, diet and exercise plans, so we threw ourselves into it together. My lovely yogalates friend Many The Miles brought her Louise Solomon DVD and we jumped right in. Here are my finding so far:

Working on core strength and balance. Photo by Danielle Bussell

Working on core strength and balance. Photo by Danielle Bussell

Listen when they say don’t eat up to 1 hour before doing the workout.

I wasn’t sick, but you do feel really sluggish and end up a bit bloated working out with food rolling around (enjoy that image). It’s just not nice! And when you put your head upside down for downward dog… just no.

If you’re on an exercise mat, don’t wear socks.

This applies everywhere really, much like the above, but this basically comes from me slipping over lots because I couldn’t get a good enough grip.

To improve motivation, workout with a friend.

I found that the time I tried to do an at home workout like this alone, I was flagging a lot quicker than I normally would. Doing these DVDs with a friend can help you to remain focused on the class rather than where your fridge is in relation to you and also means that if you ‘accidently’ fall onto the ever welcoming sofa, they’re right there to pull you back up again.

Be aware of your body, not just the DVD.

This doesn’t so much come from a special awareness of what’s around you, although that is important, but more from you needing an understanding of your limitations. The big drawback to working out at home is that you don’t have a fitness professional there to tell you when you’re doing something wrong, or potentially dangerous. Doing these DVDs with a friend can help in the sense that they’ll point out that your idea of left is everyone else’s right but you need to make sure you don’t push yourself too far too soon.

Strengthening back and core muscles. Photo by Danielle Bussell

Strengthening back and core muscles. Photo by Danielle Bussell

So, what have I noticed in myself?

I feel calmer

I find that during the workout I focus on my body and my mind (just like you’re supposed to), which is great because it really does make you feel calmer and more aware all at the same time. After a workout, I have better posture and just generally feel better. You can imagine the benefits of feeling more calm, especially if you have a stressful or busy job?

I’m more flexible

I’ve always loved the idea of being one of those people who can fold their bodies into the most incredible positions, especially when they do it on their hands, I mean wow! So I’m really pleased to find that I’m already feeling more flexible and more comfortable with the positions. Improving flexibility in these poses is also useful for stretching out after a run or gym session, it’s perfect wind down.

Working on balance, arm, leg and core muscles. Photo by Danielle Bussell

Working on balance, arm, leg and core muscles. Photo by Danielle Bussell

So there we have it, my thoughts on the Louise Solomon Yogalattes DVD so far.  I’ll keep posting about my progress and hopefully the pictures will become more and more impressive… hopefully…

And we're off! Photo by Danielle Bussell

My First 5k Race

As part of my running journey I’m doing as many races as I can this year. Here’s how I found my first race.

This year I’m taking part in the UK’s Great North Run. I’m so excited about this challenge, but equally so nervous as well! It’s 13.1 miles and includes hills (although when I’m running I imagine they’ll feel like mountains!). I’ve decided to do some smaller races along the way to build up my stamina and to get some experience of what a race is like.

My first race was the Stroke Association Resolution Run and such an occasion clearly called for a tutu. It was a 5k race on grass with a couple of small inclines, but mostly flat. Typically for the UK is was freezing, although luckily there was no rain!

Stylish as ever in my yellow tutu.

Stylish as ever in my yellow tutu. Photo by Danielle Bussell

In my journey I’m currently up to just over 6 miles, so a 5k (approximately 3 miles) seemed like it would be a breeze. It was certainly easier than a 6-mile run, but I hadn’t really run on grass before. It’s amazing how your body knows something isn’t quite right and I did find it harder than I’d expected. I’m used to running on roads or packed mud, and when I saw the grass I thought it would be easier, but I have to admit, my knees were beginning to hurt quite early on (and no one wants runners knees at 1 mile when they’re training for 13!).

Remember to always look your best when running.

Remember to always look your best when running. Photo by Danielle Bussell

I think the reason I found it so difficult was because my stride and the force I run has been formed by running on the road, and different surfaces do call for different approaches.

I’ve decided to look into this a little bit more, so coming up on the blog will be a post about how different terrains do different things to your running and ways I’ve found adapting can help. So keep an eye out if you’d like to know more about running on different surfaces.

I’m loving my journey so far and can’t wait to go running for longer distances. There’s a real sense of peace when you’re out running like time stops and it’s just you and your surroundings. It also gives you time to connect with you again, and when you’re working a 9-5 and have a stressful day, there’s nothing better to get your body and mind relaxed than a nice smooth run.

The home stretch!

The home stretch! Photo by Danielle Bussell