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Just Keep Running

23 Oct

Well, I’ve officially begun training for La Transtica’s 200KM, 5 stage race across Costa Rica. I’ve got a month before the race so I’ll be running more frequently and further than sanity should assent. Every other day will be a distance day (like today’s 17 mile run) buffered by a shorter 6-12 mile day or bike ride. Shorter days will be fleshed out with circuit workouts at the gym or pool sessions, while daily yoga will balance out the chaos.

I’ve been running with music lately. Bad idea. I’ve come to the conclusion that its use severely impairs my running performance. Individual results may vary, but in my case music is detrimental on a number of levels. First and foremost, I do not run, I dance. This is a problem that is most easily detected when I run dance on treadmills. Balance and focus dissipate. Arms go flying and eventually so do I. Second, I lose touch with my surroundings, the music draws my attention away from little unimportant details like cars, traffic lights, or unsafe trails. Lastly, I lose sense of my condition. The music elevates me above the terrestrial experience of “one foot in front of the other”. I assume I’m breathing because I have to gasp for air as I silently (or not so silently- I can’t hear) sing along with the songs. Pain flares up in my joints, but from what and for how long- I have no clue.  Quite frankly, it’s nothing short of a miracle that I’ve not had a second trip to the ER this past month.

For me, running is moving meditation. It’s a mental exercise which just happens to require quite a bit of physical effort as well. My headphones will be tucked away for the next few weeks as I find my natural rhythm and rack up the miles. I’ll just have to save all the dancing and the mayhem for after the run.

Running with Music

listen 2 ur heart

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Waves to Wine 2011

18 Sep

It was a wonderful weekend riding my bicycle beside the 2000 other cyclists during the annual Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride. Now in its 28th year, the two day event is famous for its picturesque routes with various mileage options, appealing to both new and experienced riders alike. Saturday’s 100 and 75 mile route took riders on a breathtaking tour from San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge, over Mount Tamalpais and up the California coastline on scenic Highway 1. A 40 mile option weaved around Northern California’s wine country, merging with the 100 and 75 mile routes for the finish in Rohnert Park. On Sunday, riders rolled out on a beautiful 75 or 50 route through classic vineyards and golden rolling hills.

Armed with tools, a spare tube, an emergency number, and a cue sheet, I was a Ride Marshal for the weekend, acting as both a good will and safety ambassador for the National MS Society and Bike MS while on the road. Over the course of the event, I helped fix a flat, examined a squeaky pedal, enforced safe riding procedures, and made sure that people along the route were well taken care of while enjoying the ride. It was a nice change of pace to have the extra responsibility while on the road and to share the experience with my Ride Marshal buddy since I’ve grown accustomed to riding solo. Needless to say, I was worn out after the two days of marshaling, but I couldn’t have had a more worthwhile weekend on my bicycle.

And I Quote… Week #52

14 Aug

No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. -Maya Angelou

No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. -Maya Angelou

And I Quote… Week #51

7 Aug

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -Miriam Beard

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -Miriam Beard

And I Quote… Week #50

31 Jul

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

And I Quote… Week #49

24 Jul

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. -Native American Proverb

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. -Native American Proverb

And I Quote… Week #48

17 Jul

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street. -William Blake

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street. -William Blake

And I Quote… Week #46

3 Jul

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. -William S. Burroughs

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. -William S. Burroughs

And I Quote… Week #45

26 Jun

The sun is gone, but I have a light. -Kurt Cobain

The sun is gone, but I have a light. -Kurt Cobain

And I Quote… Week #44

19 Jun

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. -Buddha

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. -Buddha