If we really want to get rid of suffering, completely and totally, then clinging has to go. The spiritual path is never one of achievement; it is always one of letting go. The more we let go, the more there is empty and open space for us to see reality. Because what we let go of is no longer there, there is the possibility of just moving without clinging to the results of the movement. As long as we cling to the results of what we do, as long as we cling to the results of what we think, we are bound, we are hemmed in. Meditating on No-Self: A Dhamma Talk (Edited for Bodhi Leaves), by Sister Khema(1994)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

No snow, plenty of rain

Ran as it was getting dark.  Always difficult, but done most of the time.  Roads in Kyiv are sometimes not the best and you definitely have to keep a look out.  Also, at night you have to keep a look out for those dogs referred to above.  For some reason at night they are much bigger pain in the ass.  It was definitely wet out there today. There is one road I run on that is so bad that for about 300 meters any car in the inside lane will spray the entire sidewalk up to the buildings there is so much standing water.  People at Mashrutka stops know to stand well back of the road while they wait.  I of course get wet.

Today was the 12k loop day after 25k, started very tight, just trying to keep one foot going after the other, but eventually started to loosen up and toward the middle I started taking about 180 steps per minute. 

This is also a planning day, I am headed to London tomorrow for four days so have to get with the weather (nice supposedly) pack the right clothes (long sleeve, compression shorts, shorts, footy socks, hat gloves and a brand name jacket and the lunarglides).  The other thing is planning a trip to a running store as shoes here are usually 3 x's the price as in western Europe.  My current pair were purchased in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The run itself will be a repeat.  I've stayed at the hotel in the past (last year, same time) and it is on Greenwich Park ( the prime meridian line, GMT)  the park has a major hill which is good but if done right you can work out 12 to 15km with only two loops of it and the cricket/football fields next to it.

Hopefully, will be running in London by 4:30 GMT tomorrow.

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