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)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Still more information

Got 15k done today.  It was a struggle to make it happen but I did.  I also ended up walking about 8km today in dress shoes, something that needs immediate adjusting.  Since I've moved I walk about 2k to school/office and back and on Tuesday and Friday mornings I walk about 2k to an in company VIP that I teach.  I need to come up with something about the shoes.

I ran about 4 p.m. today.  It was till light, it is getting dark around 5:30 now.  I knew that today would be a learning experience but I just didn't know what I would learn.  Pre run blood sugar was 154, I had a piece of chocolate and bread and honey.  Post run blood sugar was 280 and that means I didn't process well at all and that the 154 was an end of uptake not mid or beginning, i.e. the insulin had already run its course that I took during the day.

Posture was good, foot work was good, but I could feel the tiredness in my mind and my legs.  The mind tiredness didn't last long though because the city is still a complete mess but I managed to get mostly road time to avoid the horrible sidewalks.  When I couldn't I was reduced to well below 11 minutes a mile.  Also, the traffic is terrible because the roads are all missing about one lane to work with because of the snow plowing, or lack thereof.  So the mind got focused pretty quickly.

My legs, on the other hand, seemed to be pretty annoyed with the whole thing.  I made a conscious effort not to push anything in order to maintain some sort of stride and rhythm.  The stride rate was a consistent 90 on the road, not on the sidewalks which were just like snow trails except for the Ukrainian women in high heels everywhere.

Interestingly, working the big hill resulted in getting real smooth and real quick going over the top and the last half of the run was a good pace, form and rhythm.  I've notice that this is beginning to happen with every run and hope this means the hill work is paying off.  I need to research on the good sites what it means to "warm up" before an Ultra.

The left outer knee has a twinge but nothing painful but I will need to focus some ITB stretches tonight.

Hope to get another 15k in tomorrow.  Like I said, more information today, probably tomorrow also.

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