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, June 6, 2012

Remember its a vacation.

It's Tuesday!  That means nothing on vacation.  But certainly running is going just fine.  On Sunday I went shoe shopping at the Capital City Runners store.  I looked at a variety of shoes with minimal drop and then had my feet checked out for various orthotic inserts.

I ended up buying something called Saucony Kinvara 3. A very nice shoe so far.  I took an insert that has less of a hard arch as the machine seemed to think i had great arches.  But this insert has a metatarsal displacement pad and that is useful so far. 

I've run twice in these shoes.  Yesterday was a nice 12 km on the roads on my usual out and back.  Good time, solid pace, very hot and humid in the morning.  BS was good before and after.  I did get hot feet, but I do almost every time I run in a new pair of shoes.

Today I went and did intervals with the Tuesday evening interval group run by Gulf Winds Track Club.  I used to do this every Tuesday when I lived here.  I wanted to check to see exactly what sort of fitness I might have as I also signed up to run the Melon Run on the 16th, its a 5k.

I did a nice 5k warmup, the intervals, then a warm down giving me a total of 12k for the day.

The workout was 4 x's 1200.  A tough workout for me given I was just trying to run hard.  Remember that several weeks ago I did 8 x 400 and it gave me some heart.  I have to say, from a positive standpoint, I did manage to finish the workout and I ran better than I thought I would.

For the workout it went 4:31, 4:38, 4:43, 4:49.  As you can see I was by no means burning it up.  But I was working very hard and it took awhile to work into it.  In general I thought that it was hard but enjoyable.

Learning?  I'm still way overweight.  Working on it.  I don't have much leg turnover, but I do have the desire and the shoes worked out nicely.  I think I will try to do intervals again next week.  I'll be interested to see what tomorrow's workout will be like.

This weight thing is tough, I just don't have any discipline it seems.  Once I get hungry I just eat like maniac.  I am eating a fair amount of nuts, but it is still vacation :)

Its a vacation, try to live a little. 

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