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, March 8, 2012

Holidays, observations and monitoring

It is International Womens' Day.  This is a national holiday in Ukraine.  No work for a majority of the city, inf act, most of the city also has Friday off.  Good days to get in mileage in Kyiv.  15km today at around noon.  Very little traffic, pretty good paths, weather about -3C not much wind, Blood Sugar 175 to start. 

In my mind, I've had this great plan all week that has crumbled nicely by not running Monday or Wednesday.  Today's run actually fit in the plan.  Goal has been to get at it at or below race pace.  Today that was done.  This is the monitoring part of this blog. The foot work, turnover and pace were consistent, during the workout there was only one quick period (last about two minutes) where I felt that I might be a bit tired in the legs which then led to panic that this was only a 15k run, blah, blah, blah. 

Really, just take each run as they arise and then cease.  Continue to try to remember that.

Sad moment for the day, I saw a dead dog in front of one of the police stations at about 8 miles in.  Since it was mid afternoon I kind of wondered why, since it was in front the police station, no one had gotten it off the street.  Of course that is how Kyiv works.  Dead people stay on the street for a day, why not a dog.  Not the best selling point for the city, our police department that is.

I work tomorrow, but others don't so maybe a morning run would be nice a quiet?  Monitor some more, observe some more.


  1. What a great idea-International Women's Day!

    Congrats on having the run you hoped to today. I hate when the legs, (or for me it's the lungs) threaten not to make it the whole way. Very wise words in taking each run as it happens. Sometimes when I'm not expecting to accomplish much, those are the days when I happily surprise myself with what I get done!

    So sad about the dog. I don't understand how some people can not be moved by the suffering of others.

    I think early morning runs are my favorite. No body else around but the newspaper and bread delivery trucks!

    Be Well!

  2. Well, see that you haave at least one other reader. You are clearly on pace for Ireland. It's mostly mental now and not physical.


    1. hey Dad,

      thanks. i feel the same way. time to have a race plan.