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)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

At some point you just have to take the first step

And out the door you go.  15k today, finally, on a Saturday.  First things first, the paths, roads are in pretty good shape.  I would say all but about 1% of the run was clear of snow and ice.  Very positive.  Secondly, once I got started it really felt very nice, there were two or three very mellow moments where I was just stepping along nicely and it really felt natural.

Hill work went well, the only odd thing is I began to get a little tired in the legs in the last two kilometers.  I hope that is not a precursor to having let it get out of control and gotten a little out of shape. I don't think so, I think it was just five days off.

Blood sugar is another issue.  High BS this a.m., took 7 u, woke late, High BS a mid day, took 1/2 the amount in order to go for the run, and still High BS when i finished the run.  Took another 7u and will test again.  This could be a variety of things.  One, the endocrine effects wore off and without running, the low intake of insulin does not satisfy the body need; two, eating crap (more likely), even when getting in a lot miles if you take all this refined sugar processing is really just not good, but if you stop running for a few days, more than two in my opinion, refined sugar begins to win the battle for BS supremacy. 

Tomorrow it is officially 4 weeks to Connemarra.  Just getting out and taking the first step after the 50 makes me happy.

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