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)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Nice Surprise

We had more snow.  Overnight though "they" got to work and it turned into a rather pleasant piece of work.  A few areas were in terrible shape (one I will refer to lower down), but the majority of the streets and walkways had turned into runnable areas.  25km was the goal today and it happened.

Temp was -9 C with a light wind (nothing really but when you ran into it you knew).  I didn't run until 11:30 so there was more traffic than there usual is on a Sunday and that added to the fun and excitement.  Again I took the run with the traffic approach; but, I also ran against the traffic today a fair amount.  This is just a fascinating thing to me.  Even more data collected on this today especially about motorist behavior. 

Far more people honk at you here if you are running in to the traffic.  You can see inside their windshields that they are not happy to have to slow down for you or that you are running in to traffic, one of them.  On the other hand, running with the traffic not one person honked at me and I again had a lot of room (3-4 ft) when cars went by me.  Conversely, running in to traffic I think I had at least 15, probably more, cars honk at me.  One might ask, well then run with the traffic, right?  The problem, as I thought it through after the run, is training, I instinctively head for what I feel is the safe side of the road.  I would much prefer to see it coming than not...

Today the second half was clearly faster than the first.  Once I got to a more deserted road I really worked hard for about 3k (this was about 15k in to the run), and all the significant hills are on the second half of this run and I worked all of them hard.  I have adjusted this route from when I lived on Shulavska and it now starts at the new flat and ends about 800 meters from the flat down by the Circus, ends on a downhill.  The overall time was tolerable and I felt very strong the whole way.

Blood sugar was 133 to start, I took some Coca-Cola before I went out.  I stopped at 67 minutes to take on water and one GU.  At the end of the run I was 110.  I was very hungry afterward so I had some walnuts, sunflower seeds, water, some dark bread and some ice cream.  But also took 7 units of Humulog to offset that.  Post two hour was 194, not surprising, took 3u to get it where I want. 

It is very interesting about the city itself.  Like all big cities some places get more good treatment than others.  Today, just before water i ran for about 400 m over a 6 inch ice glaze that was left over from the last snow three weeks ago and I was wondering if the folks in that district of the city had fallen or were there injuries in this area or not. 

I would say roads were better than sidewalks today, but sidewalks were not as bad as I thought they would be.  By the way, over 110 dead from the cold in Ukraine.  Making news everywhere, I sad statement of the country.  We have about two more weeks of serious cold.  But today was a nice surprise.

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