Half Marathon Training Update
Countdown: 42 days
Training: week 7
Longest run: 8 miles
Fastest 5 mile pace: 7:42 min/mile
Cross-training: Yoga, Pilates, Elliptical, Bicycle, Walking, Weights, Stretching, Foam Roller
Strong Core, Fast Feet
While I am running, my mind is focused on everything and nothing. My body knows what it’s doing but I check in with it often … shoulders down, strong core, neutral pelvis, elbows in, fast feet … the list goes on. How’s my breath? I check my time and pace. Then, my mind floats away … green grass, birds, cracks in the pavement, rocks, wedgie, sweat in my eyes, cars, flowers … where am I going today? Shoulders down, easy focus. I am creating jewelry, ads, newsletters, photos, my blog … I am inspired. What’s for dinner? How’s my pace? Fast feet … 1,2,3,1,2,3 … shoulders down, strong core, neutral pelvis, elbows in. Almost home. I don’t want the adventure to end but I know it’s time to stop, stretch, and rest for my next run.
“Let us dig in our gardens and not be elsewhere;
Let us take long walks in the open air.
Let us bathe in the rivers and lakes.
Let us indulge in games.
Let us be more simple:
simple and true in our gestures, in our words,
and simple and true in our minds above all.
Let us be ourselves.”
– Robert Linssen
I saw a man standing — glassy-eyed
And upward looking — at the side of the path.
There were a few things he said that I cannot
Be at all sure what they were.
But these came through clear and bold:
“I am OK.
It is your choice to believe me or not.
I do not wish to control what you think or
What you do with what I tell you.
May divine blessings go with you whether
You bless or curse me.
My belief is that this is what I can offer you.“
~ by Stan Stewart
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“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ‘em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not.”
– Spoken by Ratty to Mole in Wind in the Willows a children’s book by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932).