Ya'll know how much I LOVE RUNNING! I started running in college to stay in shape, and really dedicated myself, i.e.; became addicted, at University when I stopped smoking. I've been running (nearly) consistently since 1996; I like to say my running career started when I put down my last cig and picked up running instead: July 16, 1996. Last year, I celebrated my 20th year as a Runner! (Ironically, ran almost nothing last year; but I'm back!!!)
I must admit, I identify as a Runner, it is ingrained as part of my ego identity. Therefore, when I am not running regularly, I get down in the dumps. Running positively effects all levels of Me: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It goes without saying that running keeps all aspects of who I Am healthy: body, mental state via instant stress reduction, same for emotions and heart, and being outside in nature address my spiritual health. I am strengthened in all aspects as well. No wonder I have not managed stress well the last year-andone-half: the loss of cycling and reduction in running added to the distress of injury and other goings-on!
Because of all the above: seeing myself as a Runner (in caps!), all the positive attributes and preventions it offers, and well, and simply loving to run, I have been so excited to be inspired and ready to run again! When I begin an action with determination and dedication, I become completely focused and one-pointed! That's how I feel and why I created a spreadsheet (what a surprise, right?) for my training this year. I am soooooo grateful on many levels...
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I have returned to "normal" on every level and in every aspect of my Being. This alone makes me superkalifragilitically grateful!! Of course, a lot of this "return" to normal is owed to the kickstart I received from my recent visit to Satchidananda Ashram - Yogaville, wehere I renewed my dedication to living a yogic lifestyle and starting that practice with vigor and Sankalpa! The effects of healing and energy created through pranayama, and the strenght of vibration experienced during puja cannot be overplayed! I am so grateful!