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For My Heart, Day 5 & 6: Woofstock and Mark Twain

Mark Twain and Blue

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain

Woofstock 2013

Woofstock 2013

What better way to spend a Sunday than amongst good friends, in a great city, with hundreds of happy dogs? Woofstock, the largest festival for dogs in North America, was the place to be for canine/human combos this weekend. The turnout was incredible. From Afghans to Hairless Mexicans, to my personal favourite, Chocolate Labrador Retrievers, St. Lawrence Market in Toronto had truly gone to the dogs in a great way. While we did witness a few unsavoury actions by careless owners, I’m choosing to focus on the paws-itive things: we got in a ton of walking, people/dog watching, and free swag.

Rain

Today’s weather was in stark contrast to the loveliness we experienced yesterday. Days like this are perfect for curling up and reading some Mark Twain. He always gets me thinking about relationships. Things like how it’s possible that a man will ‘bite’ you, no matter how good you are to him. And that putting energy towards making yourself the best person you can be is far more productive than trying to change someone.

With those thoughts, I had excess energy to burn and opted for strength training. Since I’m wary of re-injuring my knee, I gave my dad a call (he’s a personal trainer) and then took to the interwebz to search for visuals to his recommendations on exercises that build muscle around the knees. I came across this great article on box squats from a really cool blog. What do you do to stay focused, despite the ‘rain’?

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For My Heart, Day 3: “Yezzir”

Pharrell Williams

“No incision in my vision just to get me where I’m at. That means I didn’t compromise; I stayed me for you. I stayed me for you.” – Pharrell Williams

“You don’t go for no ordinary Joe,” my mom said one time while I was professing my love for Pharrell Williams. I have to admit, she’s right.

As I set out to brave the sinister clouds threatening overhead for my daily trek around the track, the ‘why’ of it suddenly hit me. It’s because Pharrell really means it: everything he does sounds, feels, and looks like it’s from the heart.

13 laps = 5.2k

Those are the types of human beings I’m most attracted to. The sincere ones. The ones with passion. The ones whose creativity is intrinsic. They enchant me.

Maybe it’s because I feel like I can relate to them. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an insatiable curiosity for things. I could read before kindergarten, started playing piano at age 6, not because I was some kind of baby genius, but because I loved it. Spending hours just doing scales, or reading novels start to finish, or writing…it was, and still is, euphoria.

My Yamaha Clavinova, 20 years young

So when my heart and mind drifts to something in the past, it’s very unsettling. Can’t move forward if you’re holding onto something that’s behind you, right? Regaining balance is the reason why today I simply didn’t mind the rain pelting down on me as I methodically moved around the track, listening to some of my favourite tracks.

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For My Heart: 802k in 329 days

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Cast off your fear. Look forward! Go forward! Never stand still. Retreat and you will age. Hesitate and you will die. – Zangetsu

There are a lot of quotes out there. With sunsets in the background and Helvetica type, it’s easy to like, double tap, or retweet and forget about the meaning behind a sentence that has the potential to change your life. For me, words are too powerful to be forgotten.

Prince William Park, VA

So, I’m applying Zangetsu’s wisdom to For My Heart: 802k in 329 days. (April 30, 2014). Beyond physical fitness, it’s about personal growth. It began today, and it already feels right.

Along the way, I’m celebrating victories big and small, and will chronicle them, along with other daily musings.

I also want to hear from you: what are your goals? How do you lay them out? What do you do once you reach them?

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