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Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips

by Jessi Cargill

Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips

Its that time of year: Shopping, parties, dinners, and traveling to see family & friends. Unfortunately, it also means a lot of opportunity for predators.

So here’s 10 ways you can keep you and your family safe this holiday season:)

1) Walk confidently and with purpose. Observe those around you. Assertive body language can help keep you out of the target pool.

2) Keep your head up. This is NOT the time to be on the phone texting, talking, checking off lists, or updating your status on social media. Distraction makes for easier targets.

3) Be wary of anyone approaching you in parking lots or any area slightly away from the bulk of the crowds.

4) There’s safety in numbers. So whether its shopping, a night out on the town, or traveling, go with a group when possible.

5) Don’t leave valuables (purses, tablets, wallets, gifts,etc) visible in the car while you are shopping. If you have to leave them, hide them before getting to the parking lot.

6) Park in well lit, high traffic areas. Avoid parking near anything that might limit visibility.

7) Carry only the credit cards and ID that you need. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Cards can be replaced, cash cannot. Also, be aware of what you’re wearing. Wearing big, or lots of ‘sparkly” jewelry may draw unwanted attention.

8) Keep doors locked and windows up & locked if you are sitting in your car waiting to pick someone up. (Also, still not a good time to be distracted by your phone. It can wait…go back to #2)

9) Do not post your travel plans on social media.

10) As always – be sure and trust your instincts. If you see or feel anything suspicious, there is a reason to pay attention to those feelings. Don’t be embarrassed to go back inside and ask someone to escort you to your car or to be loud (yell, scream, honk your horn) and draw attention to your situation.

#awareness #befearless #mysafetymyresponsibility #designingasaferwoman 

It’s not how fast you know; it’s how well you know fast.

how well you know

by: runhers women’s association

“It’s not how fast you know; it’s how well you know fast.”  Let’s break that statement down. Fast learning is good, as long as you are drilling straight into the facts. Or getting to the heart of the matter quickly with good information. You don’t need more info. You need the right info, at the right time.

Reading a headline, or seeing an image on the television, in the paper, or on social media, doesn’t automatically mean it is true. So, you may ‘know’ something, but it may not be actually or even partially true –  or it could be a twisted opinion of something. And in many cases, it’s a flat out lie. Often times it is a clickbait type attention grabbing headline designed to get an advertisement (or three) in front of you. Willful ignorance is the not the way out, especially when setting examples to kids, or others you may have influence with.

Speaking of influence, many experts, leaders and celebrities are not educating you – they are being paid to sell you specific products. In fact, most sports stars and celebrities are endorsing unhealthy food and drinks.  Even our ‘peers’ are now selling out to companies who will provide them a few dollars of free product – in exchange for endorsements, which the company writes, on their social media feed. The more ‘likes’ (analytics) you can generate, the better. And marketers believe that peer to peer selling is the most effective way to move product right now.  So, be careful what you allow yourself to know fast – and don’t fall for all the ‘10 things you are doing wrong’ links. You’re NOT doing everything wrong!

If you are interesting in knowing more on the social media ‘influence factor’ – this is a good start. “Being A Social Media ‘Influencer’ Is Officially Meaningless.” http://www.vocativ.com/332174/social-media-influencers-lol/

On the opposite side, how ‘well’ you know fast, is a more robust view and understanding of what you are reading or seeing.  At IBM, Tom Watson had one word posted around the campus – think. Steve Jobs said at Apple that we have to make the details unforgettable, even intuitive. They knew, along with many other talented thinkers, that it is well worth the extra step, staying with a problem a little longer, to get through the clutter and find clarity. They actually did question almost everything.

Others insulting our intelligence is not the answer. Yet, every day we are bombarded with words, statements, and advertisements that do insult our intelligence. Our bullshit radar is on high alert almost full time these days. Or we have been habituated to filter and ignore, or accept the noise. So, science is faked (pseudoscience), health claims are unsubstantiated, research and studies are completely biased, or the number of participants in a ‘study’ is very low (non-conclusive) – and on and on.

So, how do you find clarity and truth in all of this? It’s not always easy. Of course there are things you don’t know, or are doing wrong. That’s the case with all of us. We can all do better. As women, when the hair stands up on the back of our necks in a social situation, we know something/someone is just not right. It’s sensory, and very real. You call bullshit, or leave that environment. It’s nearly the same thing with continued learning, whether it’s personal – or you are learning to help your family. Both are very important.

One way to getting to the root of an issue is using Sakichi Toyoda’s “5 Whys” technique – a simple but powerful tool for quickly uncovering the root of a problem, so that you can deal with it once and for all. Ask why 5 times on the matter at hand.  It can produce amazing results.

So, open your mind, and trust your instincts! Be your own best advocate, and that will take you a long way. And by the way, science says you think better when you have a run, or a walk – which only cost you a little time!  Not to mention all the other good feels!

Our New Norman Director!

Sara R NormanJune 16, 2016
BREAKING NEWS:

We are happy to announce that Sara Riester has agreed to be the Director of the runhers Norman organization. Sara has been a part of the team for a few years.

Sara lives in Norman with her husband and two children. She began running four years ago to help manage the stress of motherhood and hasn’t stopped since. She credits the ladies of runhers Norman for giving her the inspiration and support to embark upon training for her first half marathon three years ago and her first full marathon last spring in OKC and hopes to extend that inspiration and support for other ladies in the Norman and surrounding communities whatever their personal goals may be. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in music education at OU.

Sara states, “I am excited to build on the foundation that’s been set here, and connect more women to our project. We want to be a great resource for the Norman community, and the surrounding area.” She continues, “We want lots of new women to come out for a run or walk with us, and see firsthand how inclusive and fun the environment is.”

And one of Sara’s favorite quotes, “We rise by lifting others.” ~ Robert Ingersoll

Now, let’s have some summer fun!

Summer Adventures (in the culinary style)

summer adventure culinary

by: Lisa Harrington

Summer invites the opportunity to explore the unknown, which we often fail to realize can be achieved inside ourselves or within our own homes. One of the best places to make new discoveries with our friends and families is in the kitchen. Summer is an excellent time to seek out a culinary adventure inspired by health and curiosity. Exploring new recipes, cooking techniques or foods can be much like an exploration into an unknown land which individuals find reward via a variety of approaches.

Some will embark on a quest with an adventurous itinerary where every step has been planned in advance to achieve the maximum benefit that is available. If this is your style of exploration, then your culinary adventure could begin by identifying areas of your diet that are boring, redundant or lacking in health. For example, if you have the same ten recipes on rotation that you crank out over every two weeks, then your goal might be to peruse the internet or visit with friends to identify a new recipe each week this summer. Or perhaps you have noticed that your family does not eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day; therefore, your challenge might be to bring new varieties of vegetables into your home more often. The summer offers a bounty of in season vegetables, such as beets, broccoli, cucumber, kale, turnips, tomatoes, radishes and a variety of herbs—there is something for everyone.

What if you are not a planner? Are you the type of woman who would love to spin a globe, apply friction by way of your index finger, and set off to travel to the location identified when the globe stops? You have no plan—part of the adventure is the unknown itself – and the opportunity for spontaneity provided by the lack of structure. Your appetite might best be served by making a trip to your local grocer and selecting a handful of new ingredients—a protein source like an unknown fish, with some fresh herbs you have never tried, or some obscure spice mixture. Pair your new main course with a twist on stuffed peppers that use a new grain like millet. When your family asks what you are having for dinner, tell them it doesn’t have a name yet. Kids are remarkable taste testers, and often times offer the most raw and valuable advice; so, enlist their help in tweaking your recipe – and utilize their carefree imaginations in developing a new name for your summer 2016 recipe invention. What a great way to share your adventurous spirit with your kids and ignite their sense of curiosity without even leaving your own kitchen!

As women, sometimes we are challenged by the limitations of everyday life and breaking out on that adventure that our hearts yearn for can be difficult. We have jobs with finite amounts of time for vacation, we manage the schedules of multiple people which is often more complicated during the summer. So we encourage you to create your own adventures and what better place to start than in your own kitchen.

Oh, and speaking of millet stuffed peppers …
Recipe: http://www.foodandnutrition.org/May-June-2016/Millet-Stuffed-Peppers-with-Chipotle-Tofu/

Global Running Day is June 1st – Join us!

Wednesday, June 1 is Global Running Day, formerly known as National Running Day! Join us as we enjoy a 30 minute out/back led by Jessica from The Patriarch in Edmond then hang out and enjoy some pizza from Pagoda Pizza food truck and a beverage! Bring your crew for some run and fun!

For more info on Global Running Day, visit our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1696753247239578/
And Global Running Day Main Page: http://globalrunningday.org/

Note: The Patriarch is 21+. Anyone can join for the run portion!

United Relay Across America runs through OKC this weekend!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
OKLAHOMA CITY – May 17, 2016

Contact: Staci Patton (405.990.2299) Laura Mullins (630.670.1346)

United Relay Across America runs through OKC this weekend!
runhers women’s association to host May 20 – 21

The United Relay of America is the first ever triple coast-to-coast charity relay setting off from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles and meeting in New York City!
Three routes from the West to the East coast of America, hundreds of runners and cyclists with one aim: inspire, empower and connect people across America – to not just be part of relay history, but to be united for a better world!

The White Route will run through Oklahoma City May 20 and 21st. runhers women’s association is hosting the OKC legs, and the major group stage, which will meet at the Chesapeake Boathouse in the Oklahoma City Boathouse District. runhers will run stages 200, 201 and 202 (https://unitedrelay.org/run/white/OK/#r). Stage 200 will begin later Friday evening at 10:55pm, Stage 201 will be the group stage, a 3 mile run, Saturday, begins around 12:10am, and Stage 202 will begin at 1:40am. The public is invited to join in to run united in any/all stages.
There are 16 charities the United Relay is raising money for ( https://unitedrelay.org/about/causes/).

Laura Mullins, the Director of runhers Norman, who discovered the opportunity for runhers to participate states, “We always try to do imaginative and connective things in our communities, so for us, having fun running in the middle of the night was right up our alley – and all for great causes.” OKC runhers Director Staci Patton picked up stage 200 to lead, “We love to do projects or participate where others benefit and our women can do something they may have never done before. The United Relay offers that, and being a part of running history gives us an opportunity to support some great missions.”

About United Relay
https://unitedrelay.org/ – presented by We Are Here. “We Are Here is your one-stop donation shop. We take the guesswork out of where and how to give, by curating a coalition of the best organizations, causes, and campaigns that are ready to change the world.” www.http://weareheremovement.com/

About runhers women’s association
We are a creative force that empowers women to discover, design and activate their version of a healthy and happy life. We create partnerships and experiences that engage, entertain and inspire women everywhere. To connect, please visit us at www.runhers.com or facebook.com/runhers – twitter: @runhers – email: imagine@runhers.com

“Hey Clickbait, there’s something wrong with you.”

“Hey Clickbait, there’s something wrong with you.”
~ internet of things

From viewing today’s twitter feed:
@wrongwrong – You’re doing abs all wrong (running, exercising, eating, etc)
@wrongfood – Forget everything you know about food.
@wrongway – Why you are not getting the belly you want – 6 weeks to a flat belly!
@wrongsecret – Secret yoga poses to lean you out.
@secretscience – 6 foods for 6-pack abs
@buymyshit – Try this at night, you’ll wake up gorgeous.
@glamsquadtricks – Celebrity secrets to the beach body you want.

Scroll down the timeline. Click on the link. Read. Click on another super sounding link. Read. It’s a different sensational headline about how I am not doing this or that right, how I should change, be better, be like this, and be like that. What you are really telling me is I’m broken – and I need your help. I need your product, your fix, to be all that I should be. I’m not good enough. I better click and see what I’m missing. Yes, I am somewhat insecure, and self-conscious about what I see in the mirror. I don’t look like any of the women in the magazines or the advertising. If only I try this or that …

STOP. What the hell is going on? Smart advertising, neuro marketing, that’s what. Slick images that are photo-shopped, or even completely computer generated. Teaser phrasing – and wording to pique your curiosity. Professional athletes, or fitness models/competitors that spend hours every day in the gym. Don’t think for a minute these advertisers haven’t done their research, and know you are scrolling through the social media feeds until some headline captures your attention, or hits home (my hips) a certain way. Wait, I can re-shape my hips with one easy to use product? Before and after pics don’t ever lie … right?
It’s called Clickbait. And it’s effective. Let’s explore.

Clickbait is a pejorative term describing web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy, relying on sensationalist headlines to attract click-throughs and to encourage forwarding of the material over online social networks. Clickbait headlines typically aim to exploit the “curiosity gap”, providing just enough information to make the reader curious, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content.
The key words here, quality and accuracy. Sounds like we digressed to the current state of politics, right? Well, the 80/20 rule applies here. 80% of what you’re clicking through on these sensational headlines doesn’t hold up to scientific scrutiny. Simply put, its bullshit, designed to get you on the path of a purchase somewhere down the road. If you re-tweet or ‘like” – it’s more likely for your friends to think you’ve researched or checked this out already, so a peer endorsement is way better than an advertiser’s claim. That’s where the socially influencing systems are at work, spreading junk science to the masses, many times without the re-poster even being aware that the claim is false. We want easy, we yearn for shortcuts – this is the society we live in.

The truth is … there is truth, and there is bullshit. The old saying, ‘if it sounds too good to be true’ has stood the test of time. You are worth more – take the time to do your own research on the facts before you try, or buy. Be your own best advocate. Question everything. There’s no one size fits all. You’re not doing everything wrong. You are doing many things right – reward yourself for that. At the end of the day, it really is all about those small daily smart decisions that add up over time, to significant change. You are not clickbait, you are smarter than that. Stay curious. Adapt good things into your world as you find them. Designing your life, your way, takes time. Have fun with the process!

NEWS: Staci Patton is new Director of runhers OKC/Edmond

BREAKING: We are happy to announce that Staci Patton is our new Director for OKC/Edmond! Staci has been involved in runhers for a long time, and after being an elite BMX racer, a successful business owner, instructor for Piloxing, Body Pump and more, she’s agreed to lead us and grow our community here! Staci states, “I am excited to lead this organization and grow and connect with our community! Come run away with me in 2016! And by run away I really mean show up on Saturdays and drink coffee and run some, too. We’ve got a lot in store for the coming year.”

We are AMPED! Let’s GO 2016! Closing the year out STRONG!
‪#‎runhers‬ ‪#‎OKC‬ ‪#‎Edmond‬

A Navy Seal’s 4 Tips To Boost Mental Toughness

By: Mark Devine sealfit.com

I’ve had a 20-year career as a Navy SEAL, 30 years of martial arts training and more than 15 years of yoga practice and teaching to warriors. If there is anything I can teach you, it’s how important your mental strength is, over any physical ability you may possess. The mantra of mind over body is true — you can do anything if you set your mind to it. Here are a few tips to help you build mental toughness, the body strength comes later:

1. Focus on yourself first.
Self-awareness is a place to start building what I call your “unbeatable mind.” Greater self-awareness will help us avoid making the same mistakes over and over, and allow us to get aligned for serious forward momentum. When I was younger, I was a daydreamer. If you asked me to describe what my future looked like, I would have given you a blank stare. This is not uncommon.
A journal is a good place to establish self-awareness. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, find a quiet place where you can avoid disruptions. Do some deep breathing to center yourself and then spend some time candidly reflecting on who you are and where you are in your life. Do this every day and build it into a reliable habit, like brushing your teeth.

2. Figure out your purpose.
My investigation into integrated training and optimal performance propelled journeys into CrossFit, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Pranayama, remote viewing, visualization, mindfulness meditation, Apache Sacred Silence, Tibetan mantras, Ninjutsu, and San Soo / SCARS. All of these practices had a large impact on my worldview, the way my mind works, and my performance benefited because of it all. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine if you’re on the right or wrong path:
• What have you been conditioned to think you’re supposed to do with your life?
• What do you think you are really supposed to do with your life?
• What do you feel you are really supposed to do with your life?
• Is there a tiny voice of doubt deep within you suggesting you are on the wrong track?
• Is that same voice nudging you forward with the sensation that you are on the right track?
• What ONE thing do you think you are here for? What ONE thing would you focus on if you had nothing holding you back?
• What would you do differently if you knew you had one year to live?

So what do you do with the insights that follow? For me, it was a powerful self-realization that motivated me to leave a career path that was eating me alive. Asking myself these questions provided guidance and enabled my pursuit of what was my true dream: To become a Navy SEAL.

3. Determine your path.
Developing skills like discipline, dedication and acquiring a capacity for high-performance first requires tuning in to your true self. A path with heart will be authentic to your true self. Not some muddled version of what others think is best for you, but the real you.
This was my situation years ago, my lack of clarity and self-awareness had me chasing goals imposed on me by others, like a life of corporate success on Wall Street. I felt like I was on the wrong path and the only way I got back on track was by becoming more self aware. Start off with the questions listed above and see where they lead you.

4. Support your new purpose with a healthy lifestyle and the support of others.
For many, if you’re life is on the wrong path, you don’t have the energy to make a fitness program part of your daily life, or to fuel yourself with a healthy, energizing diet. A consequence of poor self-awareness is that a life rut will claim your spiritual, mental and physical health.
A platform of self-awareness that leads to a renewed purpose in life will ultimately require you to take care of your body in a complimentary way. The good news? You’ll be so fired up about being on your true path that energy will no longer be a problem. The key is to harness this energy and commit to a fitness lifestyle (both exercise and nutrition!).
If this is a problem area for you, don’t do it alone. Perhaps the most important attribution to the Navy SEALS is the prominence of the word “team.” Find a group of like-minded others to who will support you. This is how you not only get on the path, but stay on the path.

let’s talk street harassment. on twitter.

Have you ever been cat called while out running or in other public places?  Let’s chat about it.  Join us on February 5th at 12pm EST with Runner’s World Chief Running Officer and the Mayor of Running Bart Yasso; Runner’s World’s Zelle; Stop Street Harrassment’s Holly Kearl; along with freelance journalist and author of the upcoming book Running: A Love Story Jen A. Miller, whose article “Wearing Her #Whorepants” took social media by storm.

Most of you are familiar with Twitter Chats. If not, the way, here’s how it works: we will tweet the questions, and you can give us your stories, perspectives, thoughts and ideas on how we can all work together to address these important issues of street harassment, cat calling and other harassment and violence in public places. The hashtag we will Tweet with is #RWsafety

We’ve designed two Twitter chats on women’s safety and street harassment in the past year.  We’ve been blessed with wicked smart people who have supported and helped us in our work producing the document Designing a Safer Woman (http://runhers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DSW_Final_V1_Sept_2013.pdf) – and yes, we should come up with a better name for the project. It was our working project name for Version 1.  Maybe you can help retitle it for Version 2? 

We came across Holly Kearl in our research on street harassment, and she has been an inspiration and a passionate leader addressing these issues here in the U.S., and internationally.  Holly has her own story about being harassed while out running.  She has been instrumental in providing clarity and thought for our research at the hers projects.   You can learn more about Holly at www.hollykearl.com, and you can also learn about her cutting edge work with Stop Street Harassment, which is helping women across the globe, at http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/ .It’s loaded with everything from definitions to research to projects and plenty of compelling articles and stories. 

Here is a link to Jen’s story “Wearing Her #Whorepants”: http://zelle.runnersworld.com/style/wearing-her-whorepants.  Jen A. Miller has been a freelance journalist for the last 10 years, sticking with the work from home lifestyle because she likes running before lunch and working with her Jack Russell Terrier by her side. She’s a frequent contributor to Runner’s World, Running Times, Zelle, The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer and her memoir, Running: A Love Story will be published by Seal Press in early 2016.

Please share this with men, women and any organizations you think have an interest.  We will compile all of the chat, and write a summary and action plan based on the information shared. 

#runhers #hersprojects