I have a few (kind of random) things that I want to share with you. From the educational (Blog School), to the healthy (Mimi Kirk), to the (for me) exciting (Honolulu Marathon), to the mundane (health insurance), I decided to just jam it all in one post.
Going Back to Blog School
Blog Genie’s Blog School is back and if you’re a blogger, you really should think about signing up. Rita Berry kicks off school season on February 2 with a free, three part “Road Map” to blogging.
The Blog School Traffic Roadmap, 3 part training is totally free and will give you the tools and strategy you need to start building your traffic, whether you’re just starting out or have been blogging for years.
- The 2 critical components you must get right before you build your traffic
- Why promotion is the last thing you do to build your traffic and why most people try it first (and why they get frustrated)
- The most valuable blogging exercise you’ll ever do, it’s what I still do every time I start a new blog or product
- How to blog less for more traffic
- Why the way we think about blog traffic is backwards and how correcting our mindset makes traffic so much easier to generate
- The difference between high and low quality traffic and why you can create a better and more successful blog with less pageviews than you might think
I was a student in the first session of Blog School, so while this is affiliate link, I speak from experience that it is totally worth the investment.
In case you missed my Instagram post:
Well, I must be feeling better because I just signed us up for the 2015 @honolulumarathon! It will be 19 years since I ran my first ever marathon in Honolulu. I loved it so much I went back 5 more times. @alantwoodruff ran for #teamintraining back then and raised so much money I got to go along. He ran the race 10 years in a row! If you want to join me, now’s the time to sign up. Early registration is only $55! Now to start saving for the trip!
(I thought it was kind of cool that @HonoluluMarathon reposted this!)
Yes indeed, I signed Alan and myself up for the Honolulu Marathon! It seems like spur of the moment, but it really wasn’t. We’d hoped to go last year, but the stars did not align, so when a friend tagged me on a link to the early registration (only $55!), I took the plunge.
In case you didn’t know (or didn’t read the Instagram comment above), Honolulu was my first marathon. I wrote about it here. I’ve done the race six times, but I haven’t been back since 2003. Eleven years, but our plans will be the same. Fly over to Oahu on Friday before the race. After the race on Sunday, catch an island hopper over to Kauai, our favorite island, and spend four or five days in Hanalei. It’s a great place to relax after a marathon. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually want 2015 to fly by because the 2015 Honolulu Marathon is on December 13.
It sounds kind of silly to get so excited about something I took for granted while I was employed at my former job, but my new medical insurance starts on February 1! Yes, I have been uninsured since I was fired last summer. All that time, in spite of being really healthy, I’ve been worried about getting sick. Fortunately, it hasn’t happened (or won’t happen in the next 10 days, knock on wood). Thank you ObamaCare. Before my last job, I was denied affordable health insurance because I had a pre-existing condition: exercise induced asthma (I mean, come on, how ridiculous is that?). I will sleep much better now.
Fascial Stretch Therapy
I don’t talk about it very often, but I have been dealing with chronic lower back pain for several years now. I’ve tried a few things, including a chiropractor, stretching, and medication, but it has continued to be an issue for me. I’m sure some if has to do with what I’m doing right now, sitting here typing for a couple hours at a time. I think that finally I have found something that will make a difference.
Although Stretch to Win and Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) have been around over 20 years, most people haven’t heard of this undulating stretching technique that focuses on fascial continuities, rather than isolated muscles. Fascia is the connective tissue that that form sheets or bands beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and other internal organs. FST is a special and specific technique that addresses the nervous system and joint capsules to help our muscles, which are surrounded by fascia, to function better, relieve pain, and correct minor structural issues of the body.
It is very popular at my fitness center right now, and I hope in the future to get certified myself, but last Saturday I became a true believer. We had a fitness event and I, sick as I was, manned the personal trainer booth, doing fitness and body composition assessments. We also had some lectures, vitamin B-12 shots, free chair massage, and other informational booths.
We also did free 10 minute FST sessions, which were the most popular item on the agenda. I finally had a chance to take a turn at the end of the event, and I got a little extra time (about 30 minutes). The therapist worked on my lower body, since that was my main issue. Afterwards I felt fine, but nothing super special. Of course at that point I just needed to go home and go to bed.
The next morning I woke up, and for the first time in months, maybe years, my back didn’t hurt. That was Sunday. Today is Wednesday and I am still pain free. As I said, I am a believer. FST is becoming popular among professional athletes as a way to correct imbalances in the body and improve athletic performance. I really suggest that if you have chronic pain that you look into FST. You can find certified therapists in your area here.
Mimi Kirk at Bikram Yoga University Village
Finally, for locals. My friend Kim, who owns Bikram Yoga University Village in Palm Desert (aren’t I lucky to have two friends who own yoga studios?), asked me to spread the word about a special event she is hosting at her studio on Sunday, January 25. Raw food chef, author, and “Sexiest Vegetarian over 50,” Mimi Kirk will be discussing raw food preparation, along with a food prep demonstration, tasting, and book signing of her book “The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing.”
By the way, Mimi herself is the best model for her vegan, raw food lifestyle. This “sexiest vegetarian” is actually 75 years young!
Have you ever tried (or heard of) Fascial Stretch Therapy? Want to join me in Honolulu on December 13?