Learning from Larry McMurtry + Vanessa Zeuisei Goddard
Today’s “present” is breakfast at a cafe overlooking the caldera of santorini island in the Mediterranean. I’m fully there.
Terrell, as you begin to embody the words you have read & written, I believe you will discover the “yoga” of running. Those moments of increasing frequency when the body, mind and spirit are fully yoked together and you appreciate “life” in all its awe & wonder. For those who have not experienced this on the yoga mat, running is a great opportunity to be mindful and present in ways that modern culture drowns out. And perhaps, as this “oneness” is experienced on the road or trails, you, like me, will truly fall in love with running all over again. It is my daily “sacred” hour that I totally look forward to...and if the running becomes distracting, I slow down to walk and just “listen” to the morning Sun arise in the East and know that there is so much more than I can witness but am grateful for what I can...
Thank you for this lovely reflection. Sometimes we focus too much on the "product" e.g. miles covered, personal records etc. and not enough on the "process" of the running itself. I try to remind myself how lucky I am that at age 67 I am still doing this :<) and to enjoy that my body is still moving.
Nice job on this one, Terrell! I read it after coming back from a run in which I couldn't wait for it to end! I'll pull my attention into the next run!
I run because it gives me a piece of mind I have very stressful jobs and I have 2 jobs actually. I'm always I run cause I love you and I love to meet people and talk to people this is how I train when it's time to really race then I race to me it's always been a joy just to go out there and see the world. Even on my different websites we communicate and discuss issues as well as runners that has been real eye opener in the past 2 years for me we lose people and we have We haven't built a beautiful community of runners who just enjoy Joy of it
Having read this in the morning, I went to do my weekly swim (which I despise, but it's so good for me). I tried and tried to stay in the moment, feel the water, my breath, even how tired I was...Just couldn't do it, and it was very frustrating. That said, I did a cold water plunge afterward and attempted the same...be present, not cold, embrace the cold, and after a few seconds, it was incredible. Baby steps.
and the 10K????
Quiet this morning as it is everyday. Listened to the sun coming up. One little bird, the Pie-bald Junco is around. Soon, the finches will be tweeting, asking for food. Chickadees calling and more Juncos. The hummingbirds come dashing over in a few minutes letting me know they've arrived.
Learned to listen to the inside voice and the country a long time ago. Running blocks out the outside chatter. . .
Out on the Trail in a few minutes. . . 3 miles. Take care. . . :)
I have done two sports at international level, rowing and equestrian endurance. It's always a balance between minimising wear and tear in training, being fitness enough and saving your body for optimum performance on the day. I mostly used a pendulum (my instinct on the end of a piece of string) for training for me and my horse and I also applied a quantum attribute to amplify the benefit of each session. In fact, I recently published a book and talk more about this in it, if anyone is interested. It's called 'The ultimate relationship... the one with yourself'. My name is Fiona Price. It's in the usual online book stores.
(Book) “Running with Mindfulness”
Running with Mindfulness is also a great resource by therapist William Pullen, and he has an associated app called Dynamic Running Therapy
Couldn’t agree more with the need to block out the noise. Maybe I’ve done too well with that lately as I’m just catching up with your recent posts! Anyways, Lonesome Dove is my favorite book and I am always trying to get reader friends to give the western a try. And on a running note, I asked a few weeks ago about west coast runs. You brought my attention to the Big Sur 21 miler.. long story short I am running in it in April! So thank you Terrell!
Thank you Terrell for a great reminder and message. Life has so many things for us “to get done” and I admit, sometimes getting that run in (5 miles on indoor track this morning) was something I needed to get done. Your message reminded me of how important it is to “enjoy the run” more
On a run the other day, my knee started hurting and I thought about what type of runner I wanted to be. Did I want to be the runner who never listened to my body? I knew I didn’t that this time around and have been/ will be walking until my knee tells me it’s time to go again 😊
Terrell, I meant to leave this yesterday, but forgot and now have lost the article. In any event, Xero Shoes did a write up on Chris McDougalls new book, "Born to Run 2" and the signing he did in NYC. Seems they were offering free workshops there on Sept. 5 in NYC Chinatown. Keep your eye on it. . . looks like it is going to be a good one! This is as close as I could find: https://www.fox5ny.com/news/christopher-mcdougall-born-to-run-2-nyc-clinics