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The Millennial's Guide To Changing The World Review

This post is sponsored by The Millennial's Guide To Changing The World book by Allison Sher.

I was given a digital copy of this book. I thought that it would be good to read, even though I am a Gen X'er. There is just so much talk about the Millennial's right now that I thought that it would be good to get to know what is going on inside their head.


About the Book  The Millennial's Guide to Changing the World teaches young people everything they need to know to change the world, while building a happy, healthy adult life for themselves. It explains how our current social systems work, the challenges young people are inheriting and how millennials can step into our power to create a critical mass conversion to solve them. Everything from politics to spirituality to love relationships to education to sex to economics to mental health is covered. And it includes 50 or so juicy, true life stories from millennials across the country…

Discoveries

 Today's slog - 2.5mi on the Ghetto Renew TM.

I have only been running/slogging/training for this marathon thing for about a year. I feel that I am at a point that I feel like I have made progress. Some of the good and bad things that I think I have discovered about myself in this past year.

1. I am finally losing weight. Yea, it took nearly a year to see the scale move without changing my diet a whole lot. 6 pounds as of today. I guess 6+ hours of slogging a week is my magic metabolism number.

2. My legs are more muscular. 3 semesters of weight training 4 days a week, 4 summers of  bike commuting, and 2 years of using an elliptical did not help my legs as much as running has. Plus I can power up hills on my bike way better with these bigger quad/hammie muscles.

3. I have more spider and varicose veins. Not a good thing in a vanity aspect. I only had, like, 2 ugly veins before. I have a lot more now. I should be wearing compression socks more, like when I go to work and raise my feet after slogs for a few minutes. This is a good excuse to lose weight so running is easier on my legs, and a healthier weight won't be pounding.

4. I can recover faster. After my half-marathon, my legs were pretty stiff and sore the evening of and the day after. Now, after slogs of 13+miles, my legs are not so sore. Maybe my knees feel a little stiff and swollen, but I am able to walk around and get up and down the steps to my house.

5. I am proving people wrong. Whether it is from their own jealousy or insecurity, or they really truly believe that I can not do it, I am proving them wrong. I am even proving myself wrong when I don't think I can finish, I get it done.

6. Shoulders and blades. I have bonier shoulders. I can feel more bone then padding then what was there before. Arm swinging repetition are getting some parts smaller. I can even get my shoulder blades to stick out a bit. The muscles around and under my shoulder blades were so tight, I could not get the muscles to relax. Ever. Now my back tension does not bother me like it used to.

7. My body is connected. When my posture is off, I feel it affecting somewhere else. If there is a pain in my IT Band, it affects my knee, which affects my gait, which affects my posture ect. Things compensate for something else. And I get how the body works so much easier then looking at a Kinesiology textbook!

8. I have lost flexibility. I have not been stretching as much as I should. Which can potentially be a problem. I used to be able to keep my knee straight when touching my toes. Not anymore. I used to easily be able to touch my foot to my butt to stretch my quads. Now, it is a little further away then it used to. I have to stretch more.

9. I am faster. Today on the Ghetto Renew TM, my speed was more comfortable faster then around the start of summer. From struggling at a 4.3 to a 5.5. I think this is a big deal.

Boise State lost today. I am spending the rest of Saturday grieving.


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