Training break #161

25 09 2009

If you wish to change the world, better to first know the world you wish to change.

— Robert Fripp

The week in training, 9/14-9/20

24 09 2009

Whenever I near the peak of a long training cycle, I often have to remind myself that running over the same roads and trails for many hours over many weeks is not always the same, so long as I pay attention: the albino peacock hesitating, one foot raised, in a field of dew-heavy clover; the gradual lightening of the sky in early dawn revealing new and constantly changing patterns of cloud; the way the quality and texture of light changes as my part of the world swirls a little further from the sun; the statuesque opossum stiffened in death by the roadside; the high chattering of the rogue flock of parrots in the power lines by the lake; the oddly pleasant deep ache of my muscles as I turn up a hill. These are the reasons I run and sit: to bear witness to and celebrate the eternal changes, the coming and passing of a million tiny things as I slowly pass through them … all of it, and all of us, arising from nothing, returning to nothing, over and over.

It’s getting cooler over the past few days. Fall is here, even if Summer is still stuck in the doorway, saying goodbyes. Just one more weekend of hard training, and it’s time to taper for Palo Duro.

May I continue to stay aware, and be thankful.

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 42-minute tempo @ 8:00-8:10 pace
Wednesday: 1.5 hours @ moderate/easy pace
Thursday: 1/4 mile simulated hills repeats: 1 x 6% incline @ 8:27 pace, 2 x 7% incline @ 8:27 pace, 3 x 7% incline @ 8:20 pace.
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 5 hours; very humid
Sunday: 4 hours; very humid

Training Break #160

18 09 2009

The wise man is restful, never restless or impatient. He each moment abides there where he is, as some walkers actually rest the whole body at each step, while others never relax the muscles of the leg till the accumulated fatigue obliges them to stop short.

— Henry David Thoreau, Journals

The week in training, 9/7-9/13

15 09 2009

Minor complications forced changes in the weekend long run schedule, but both runs were dispatched in competent form. I’m actually more excited about my weekday progress, especially my Tuesday tempo and Thursday simulated hills workouts. These are progressing noticeably better than similar workouts last fall and, with the addition of the 1 1/2 hour run on Wednesday (I took Wednesday as a rest day last year), appear to have me in significantly better shape earlier in the cycle.

Just two more weekends of long runs before tapering for Palo Duro.

At the zendo, everyone seems to have returned from summer vacations and trips near and far. The traditional Monday Night At The Zendo sitting group is back, and it feels like home to be sitting with old friends again. The practice proceeds. And I’ve been inspired by the wisdom of one of my favorite Zen teachers, Robert Aitken, while reading this book.

Monday: Yoga
Tuesday: 40 minute tempo @ 8:00-8:10 pace. Yoga.
Wednesday: 1 1/2 hours moderate-easy pace.
Thursday: 1/4 mile simulated hills repeats: 2 x 6% incline @ 8:27 pace, 2 x 7% incline @ 8:27 pace, 2 x 7% incline @ 8:20 pace. Yoga
Friday: 5 hours in sopping humidity.
Saturday: 2 hours in the rain.
Sunday: Yoga

Tao Te Twitter

9 09 2009

At last, an interesting use of Twitter: Son Rivers, who is also responsible for your daily dose of Thoreau’s Journals, is translating the Tao Te Ching into Twitterspeak. It’s worth a look, especially if you’re already familiar with the Tao Te Ching in any of its many translations. Rivers’ creative condensations retain the spirit of the original chapters, while casting helpful new light on old familiar passages. A neat bit of work.

One of my favorites, from his translation of Chapter 30: “As armies occupy, thorns arise.”


8 09 2009

After two weeks of running lower mileages due to weekend family obligations and other routine concerns, returning to higher-mileage training, with three intense weeks coming up as part of my final training stretch before the Palo Duro Canyon 50 Mile.

After over a week of Internet fasting, returning online — hopefully with greater awareness of when I’m on the net with a real purpose and when I’m just logging on out of restlessness/boredom.

After having to miss out on the Labor Day sesshin at our zendo due to other obligations, returning to sitting with others.

Returning with awareness and with purpose, but carrying that purpose lightly: that’s my mantra, this week and for the weeks ahead.


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