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Tina Muir is a Team BodyHealth member and the host of the No. 1 rated running podcast, Run to the Top. A leader in the running world, Tina is re-launching her website, tinamuir.com. We recently had the chance to catch up with Tina for the very first installment of BodyHealth’s new article series, “In Pace With …”, and here’s what she had to say:
Tina Muir: I am very excited about what is coming with my blog. As a perfectionist, it has bothered me having it “under construction” for the last few weeks, but I know it will be worth it as my web designer, Jen Rosario is already doing a fantastic job, and we are working with a photographer (Peter Chiapperino aka “Photocyclone”) to get some new photos, too. I just hope the readers like it as much as I do!
Tina Muir: My website will mostly be focusing on helping my community with not only running but balancing in the rest of their lives. I don’t want to just offer running advice, but show my readers, my friends, that there is more to each of us than what we are able to achieve running. Of course, it is important, but I would like my website and community to be a place where people celebrate their successes and get stronger mentally and physically, but also learn to relax and have fun with it. After all, that is what it should be about!
Tina Muir: We live in a world where we are addicted to social media, yet only willing to share the positive experiences with the world. Not really surprising, as why would you want to document a moment that doesn’t make you feel good, but either way, it leaves us feeling more insecure as we see the highlights of other peoples lives, and it makes us question our own. I like to share that not only do I have struggles and days where I wonder what I am doing with my life, but that you can get through those days, and enjoy the high moments even more if you accept those lows as part of your journey. I want to encourage my tribe to be vulnerable and to admit that we are only human, and that is okay!
Tina Muir: Other than the old “running is bad for your knees” lecture? ;) I would honestly say that 90% of people come up to me and begin with “I’m not fast like you, but……” and every time, they put down their own running accomplishments and explain to me why running is still important to them, even though they are not an elite. I always turn this right around as I know just how much time, energy, and heart every runner puts into their training, and it doesn’t matter if you run 1 mile or 100 miles, if you are out there doing it, you are a runner. I wish more people would not play down their own accomplishments because they feel they are not fast enough. I always tell them immediately that you ARE a runner, and you should be proud of yourself for committing to this and doing it. Running isn’t ever easy, so I give respect to everyone who puts themselves out there to do it.
Tina Muir: Absolutely! This is something I have a really hard time not getting on my soapbox about :) I realize that fuel is important for my training, and for the most part, I spend a lot of time making sure I am putting the right fuel into my body for my training, but I still believe that every single day you should enjoy something you love to eat that isn’t great for you. For me, I love my sweets, and so I have a dessert every single day. Even if I have a marathon the next morning, I will still have a serving of chocolate or something sweet, because I think it is healthy to have that balance and to not become so obsessed with clean eating that all the fun is sucked out of eating. I practice this every day, and I don’t intend on giving up my favorite foods any time soon!
Tina Muir: Oh, such a good question, and yes, without a doubt. This is something I feel very strongly about, and I am on a mission to show my readers, and as many people as possible, that they do have a true beauty inside that is far more important than a running accomplishment or looking like a runner. Each and every person has so much to offer this world, and it is only once they learn to appreciate themselves and what they have to offer, that they will be able to shine and show the world that beauty. I love to help people feel better about themselves, and although running can be a part of you, it should not define you, no action or activity should. What defines us is what is in our hearts and what we do to help others and become our very best selves.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.
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