The Minimalist’s Guide to Fighting (and Beating) Clutter Entropy | Zen Habits

Here are my favorite tips for beating clutter entropy, for the minimalists among you.

The Minimalist’s Guide to Fighting (and Beating) Clutter Entropy | Zen Habits

Great Blog on living a simpler more clutter free life.

Well worth reading.

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ChiRunning is oriented towards long distances efficiency not speed…

This is because sprinters make up such a small subgroup of runners, that there was little need for the information. The ChiRunning technique is geared toward long distance running. Because if thi

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s, you’ll have to do some adjustments for faster running that are not in the book. With sprinting, there is much more emphasis on use of the upper body (arm swing and lean) during running. Any time you are running faster than is normally required from most human beings, there is a need for more muscle usage, which is opposite to all you’ll read about in the book. But if you can learn to make your running highly efficient at all times, then when you need to run at sprinting speeds you’ll become a very efficient short distance runner…which equates to speed.

Danny’s Blog

But if you practice the techniques, the improved efficiency will help you maintain your speeds for longer periods of time.

I just found Danny Dreyer’s blog on his website

Great information and well worth revisiting.

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ChiRunning in San Pedro

This Saturday was just an amazing run in so many ways.

The diehards showed up to run despite the rain all evening. The day actually turned out to be quite beautiful.

We had a good turnout at both PV and Long Beach.

Remember you have to get used to running in cold rainy weather for winter training.

Where are the rest of you? Those holiday pounds will not disappear in the warmth of your house. Come join us. It is sooooo much fun running this winter.

For example….

We got lost. Sort of. We were going to run a new course. From Trump golf course to the end of the fishing pier at Cabrillo Beach.

I told Matt and everyone to “Stay on the Coast.”

Matt led the PV runners practically to downtown San Pedro.

I was sweeping the course and funny enough only saw two runners, George and Janet.

Being the sensitive type, I was getting bummed out. Running with my pity pot…I felt like eeyore…”why didn’t I give clearer directions”….”I need to plan more”…”wah, wah, wah”.

Then out of the blue coming from downtown San Pedro comes this big group of Beach Runners!!!!

“Weren’t you guys supposed to follow the coastline?” I asked.

“We were just following Matt. Until it was obvious he was not heading to the coast but to downtown San Pedro. We thought you were being figurative.”

“Figurative?” Well even though I do like to scribble a poem every now and then, the coast is the coast in my books.

“Well, we might as well go to see the beach. It’s just a half mile away.”

So off we went like Plglet, Pooh, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, Tigger, and Ru to go see the waves. But we had no Matt and no George.

And my what big waves they were. The chi was surging through the ocean. The air and the company of these wonderful runners quickly purged my eeyore thoughts from my mind.

We ran back this time ALONG THE COAST. We even got on some trails and ran with two inches of mud on our shoes. Laughing. Stumbling away.

We were tired. We have been doing long hard trail runs here in PV lately and this was to be an easy week. Instead it turned out to be over a half marathon.

But we kept going.

When we arrived back to the clubhouse.

We all hugged. And did the most exquisite loving parking lot yoga.

And shared how with such a long adventurous run it was soooo much “fun”.

The mud, the waves, downtown San Pedro, the conversations, the clean air, and most of all, the company of wonderful travel companions on our adventure.


IMPORTANT NEWS 2: Gary is feeling like eeyore again as he has lost his beloved green jacket last seen in this photo. Did anyone find it?

Short, Stout, Has a Handle on Colds – New York Times

Originally part of a millennia-old Indian yogic tradition, the practice of nasal irrigation — jala neti — is performed with a small pot that looks like a cross between Aladdin’s lamp and your grandmother’s gravy boat. The neti pot made its way into this country in the early 1970s as a yoga meditation device, but even as yoga became mainstream, the neti pot remained on the fringes of alternative culture.

Short, Stout, Has a Handle on Colds – New York Times

Finally the Neti pot gets some mainstream coverage.

This has been a secret health tool of the yogis for centuries.

Now even Oprah is using it.

I like to use it every day. Steve does also.

Your nose will never be the same again.

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Four health changes can prolong life 14 years – Yahoo! News

People who drink moderately, exercise, quit smoking and eat five servings of fruit and vegetables each day live on average 14 years longer than people who adopt none of these behaviors, researchers said on Tuesday.

Four health changes can prolong life 14 years – Yahoo! News

Interesting research article from England.

What is important is that even SMALL CHANGES in your lifestyle now have profound effects for the longevity of your life.

This is principle of COMPOUNDING. We’re all familiar with this from debt or interest payments, i.e the more you invest the more money you make.

So what are the four changes you can make TODAY for a longer life?

1.  Quit Smoking. The number one thing you can do to improve your health. Hey it ain’t easy. I smoked for close to ten years. (Bet you didn’t know THAT!). Get some help. Give me a call. Maybe I might even do a teleseminar on this one day. (Email me if you’re interested).

But this has me thinking that maybe the health of our lungs is the most important part of our body. Which means no pot smoking, no cigars, and minimizing exposure to air pollution (no easy task here in San Pedro or Long Beach).

2.  Eat five servings of fruit and vegetables. At a MINIMUM! Gary Null suggests to eat 10-15 servings a day. Which is quite easy to do if you use a superfood green powder and JUICE.

This morning I already had a green juice of Kale, celery, radish, carrot, apple, onion, and ginger. And am eating a grapefruit right now. Will soon eat a pear.

3. Moderate drinking. That’s like 1-2 drinks a day. Preferably red wine. Hey Jack Lelane has one glass of the red vino day, and if Jack at 90 is drinking that, I reckon it’s okay.

There seems to be quite a bit of research that indicates moderate consumption of 1-2 drinks a day can actually be beneficial for your health…lowers cholesterol…relaxes the body…keeps you happy.

Personally I have now gone close to nine months without a drink of alcohol. And feel great.

So it’s clear…either no or light or moderate drinking is key for your health.

4. Exercise. For all of you that are part of the SoCalRunning community that is no problem. You run. You come join us in yoga. You’re keeping the body active.

Keep up these activities for the upcoming year everyone. You can do it!

Neighborhood Yoga in Long Beach

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Larry Leads the Beach Runners in an After Run Yoga Session

Join Larry for basic, foundation yoga Tuesday evenings 6:45-7:45 PM

“The Neighborhood” (United Methodist Church gymnasium at 5th & Pacific)
507 Pacific Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802
(Public parking available at 5th & Pacific) $6.00/session
(Yes, only six bucks!) or 10 for $50

Email Larry for more information

It Rains in So Cal but Never on the Beach Runners

Only the Brave Beach Runners Came out this Morning in Long Beach

What a morning. Today was awesome and it has yet to rain out a Beach Runner Saturday. The warriors that came out today reaped their just rewards.

A dark sky, clean air, wet streets, sand on the bike path, good friends, a new Garmin and plenty of Chi.

I am so filled with spirit, love and overall good feelings. I am blessed. I ran with runners I have spent little time with. I ran easy and I ran fast. I flowed. My ChiRunning was on today. I fell gracefully, each step lightly touched the ground, my foot swept back, my heart lead the way and a smile was on my face. I was able to coach runners and get a great workout in myself.

If you are a runner and unfamiliar with ChiRunning, take a workshop from Gary and I or take a private. The dividends are priceless.Run with flow. Run inspiried. Run focused. Run with a smile because a smile can change the world.

Train Focused, Steve Mackel – Certified ChiRunning Instructor 

Yes, we are running tomorrow!

Despite the huge storms hitting the area…

Both Beach Runner groups will be running.

Rain or shine. We will be out there.

Bring rain gear, visors, and warm clothes for afterwords.

See you out there.

RunCast 22 – Happy New Years 2008

New Years Day I spent in three wonderful ways…

1. I went trail running with 10 Beach Runners. We ran 8.4 miles including to the top of Palos Verdes. And down some technical difficult trails.

2. I did this crazy Polar Bear Swim in San Pedro. Hopefully next year I will be able to swim out to the buoys.

3. And in the evening taught a wonderful candlelight yoga class at Yoga Bindu.

God has so blessed me with this gift of health and fitness. So to spend this day celebrating it with all of you was so very special for me.

So much better than sitting on the couch watching college football.

Some more reasons to declutter your “stuff”…

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