Open Swim: 1500 yards
Thunder storm hit right after I made it to the little beach. Had to evacuate water and walk/run back to the big beach. Oh well. It’s the first time that open swim has been cancelled this year.
This afternoon, I started work on a story about why I’m training for/running the marathon:
WHY AM I TRAINING FOR A MARATHON: 26.2 Reasons
Attention, as in paying, not asking for,
Adventure, facing Adversity
Absorption: more time outside to take in the world.
Breathing in and out,
reclaiming a Belief in myself and in possibility,
Because I want to and I can.
Conservation of energy, sanity, exuberance, joy,
Care of soul/body/intellect.
A desire to be Dedicated and to redefine Discipline.
a way to Experiment,
Form: a Focus, a Form for my creative explorations,
improved Form in running,
a stronger, healthier Form.
an expression of Grief and evidence of surviving it,
Gravity: defying it by flying.
Humility: practicing it, confronting it, learning to embrace it.
Inspiring, as in inhaling and feeling motivated to create and to Imagine new ways of being.
Knees that I used to believe couldn’t, but now know they can, run for hours without stopping.
Limits, pushing at them, playing with them, accepting them,
for the Love of running.
Mind/body split: proving it doesn’t exist,
Mom: a runner for many decades, dead now for almost one,
Mystery: in the woods, on the long runs,
Magic: in the movement.
Nostalgia for an athletic childhood.
Opportunities: to open up, to commit to something important, to try something new.
a big fuck you to Pancreatic cancer, the disease that killed my mom and that made me question how much I could trust a healthy, strong body.
Questions! So many Questions about running, training, enduring, the body, breathing, injury and more!
Student: to be one again, learning new things about the body and creativity,
Something to Share with Scott,
Seeking the Sacred.
a lack of Traffic
ignoring, surviving, resisting Trump.
Undulating grasses and waves to watch and admire.
Vision: new ways of “seeing” the world without relying on diseased eyes.
celebrate Winter and
examine the Wind: how many versions can I name while I run?
Xerxes Avenue: I don’t want to train for any marathon, I want to train for the Twin Cities marathon. The marathon in which I can run through my city, by places I haunt, places I’ve lived, places I love, including right by Lake Bda Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) as it intersects with Xerxes Avenue.
a Yearning, Youth revisited, Youngins: a role model for my kids.
an expression of a Zeal for living and being present/alive/healthy/active/energetic.
æthereal or ethereal: an airy, other worldly, dream-like state that can be achieved during long runs and that makes me feel calm and peaceful and relaxed and removed.
(∫ long s)
to ∫tretch and