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)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ragged and progress, the dichotomy

Ran at mid afternoon today.  Snow still falling in lightly.  Just seems to get weirder and weirder.  The streets are in pretty good shape, but unfortunately the streets seem a little slimmer with the snow thrown to the side.  The sidewalks are 50/50 but that might have made the run quicker.

I felt ragged out there, the start was tough with a slow 3k uphill that the first half had snow on it so trying to find the small steps and good footing was not very successful.  Snow cleared off in a couple of places so it go better but I felt ragged the whole way everywhere I ran.  Just kept trying to stand up straight and use good foot work.

By the end it was 6 minutes quicker than the last two days.  But felt rough, probably a combination 4 straight 15k days and the roughness of the terrain at this point.  Positive sides were the good work up the hills and concentration.  I managed to get some good speed going toward the end and hit some snow patches that were like sand and noticed that if I have good rhythm going and hit a bad patch of snow that my steps are very efficient, quite small and really good.  Interesting that I can't do that at the beginning and it takes about 1/2 the run to get to that point.

Something to think about.

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