Running Through Winter

This is the first full winter that I’ve trained through. Believe me there were some sub freezing days that were less than ideal but I went anyway. I learned how to dress not only for the weather but for running in the weather. There were the had to hit the dreadmill days, but there was rarely a missed schedule training day and for that I’m proud.

Here is what I learned; even though the world seems asleep there’s still lots of life. Robins were replaced with darting chickadees and juncos. Ducks and geese still took the icy waters. Trees bared all the crooked misshapen branches no longer adorned with the color of fall. The sun’s angle created haunting shadows as I ran. The barren landscape of winter gave me space to go inward for some incredible reflection. Some I wished I shared with you all but selfishly kept to myself…

Spring is here my first race of the year behind me, it was difficult long, windy and sometimes cold, yet like the winter it had moments of clarity and peace…

Run on

G

eventually snow melts and spring will appear…

Peace and Joy

I’m coming down from my soapbox — My last few posts have been rather pointed and for good reasons. However I’d like to get back to the “Joy of running”.

Fall is just around the corner, although it feels in full swing in my coastal neighborhood. Temperatures in the low 50’s and a gusty northwest wind made me adjust my Friday morning park run. Instead of running along the water I ran through the middle of the park and onto the wooded trails. I’d forgotten how much I love being in the woods (not fun in the heat and humidity with mosquitos) the grounding solitude running trails gives you is like no other running.

If I had to rank running surfaces, trails would be my favorite because it seems the most natural — Where it all began. It’s funny because my preferences reflect a progression from most natural to least; wooded trails, bike path, streets, tracks, and treadmills in that order.

My senses are definitely heightened because of the tricky surfaces, the occasional squirrel, rabbit, chipmunk or woodchuck dashing about. The air was clean with the crispness of the impending autumn even a few leaves have started to turn. It’s humbling to think about the history of this beautiful land and how blessed I am to be living here and now to enjoy running in this beautiful natural cathedral.

What was supposed to be a two mile training run turned into a 3.5 mile run/hike, which was fine by me because everything including the few wrong turns was perfect  — the way life should be experienced, with peace and joy!

Where do you find your running bliss?

Ginnie

 

 

 

Small Wonders…

Ah spring and all the wonders that come with this season of awakening! Heading out the door today for a short run I couldn’t help but just stand still for a moment and take in all the sights, sounds and smells! Spring’s essences is about renewal and rebirth!

Before setting out I retied my shoes and that’s when I noticed all the worm holes and how the lawn in front of my condo was coming alive because of the wonderful aeration work by these little thought of creatures. I stood there in awe and wondered why I failed to recognize this miracle before and wondered how many other similar events I failed to see?

That newfound awareness turned an ordinary run into an extraordinary run! I ran with my eyes and heart wide open appreciating all the small wonders around me, and realizing what an incredible universe we live in – No small wonder there!

Peace, love and worm discoveries for you all!

Ginnie

Observing The Observer…

One of my favorite meditations is when I imagine my self high in a corner of the room observing myself meditating. This allows me to become “self-aware” to observe how my body and mind are working. I’ve taken this technique to the road and sometimes to the treadmill. It allows me to be aware of my mechanics, breathing, stride but most importantly me “The Observer”.

Some of the things I focus on other than my actual running are the things in my environment. Bird song, scents, colors, temperature changes. Using all my senses creates a greater sense of Joy with the run, it no longer is a physical exercise but a metaphysical exercise.

Try Observing yourself even for five minutes, you may discover something wonderful!

Ginnie

On Th Lookout…

It was dusk when I drove home from the office today and I knew there could be the potential for spotting deer on route 136. Though I didn’t spot any there I did see a young doe in a clearing not too far from my mother’s home. When I told my mother of the deer she seemed surprised that I saw one so close by, “I’ve never seen one,” she replied.

My mother’s response surprised me at first, because I see at least one deer a week. I also see red tail hawks, wild turkey, and osprey. All of which my mother and many others rarely see.  Then it struck me, I’m always on the look out for these beautiful creatures. Mostly not to run  into them with my car but also to catch a glimpse of nature’s beauty.

My guess people only see what they want to see or what they’re looking for; I suppose this is the basis for manifesting. We don’t conger or create we become aware, and when we become aware we see what we’re looking for…

Ginnie

Have To, Should Do – To-do’s…

My recent absence from blogging has a lot to do with my perception of Have To’s, Should Do’s and the always present To-Do list!  Being an over-achieving, goal oriented, control freak I’m a master of all of the above. However what happens when the To-Do’s rule your life? Your productive yes, your organized yes, but are you happy and content? To be perfectly honest not always. I love the satisfaction of getting things done and achieving my goal the only problem is there’s always another one to start and or finish. Which makes me feel like a hamster running on its wheel…

I know I’m not alone in this dilemma as many friends and associates claim to be caught up in the same hamster cage! What is the solution? I’m not totally sure but answers are always found in meditation and introspection. Take today’s jog for instance; while running around the reservoir  I realized that the swans, geese, blue jays, goldfinch and assorted fish had no agenda – They were present in the moment and I sensed peace. Then I was inspired by the beauty of the wild flowers Queen Anne’s Lace, Cat Tails, buttercups and assorted types of field grass. None of these seemed to be bogged down with have to’s and should do’s; The just were…

I’m not advocating doing nothing full-time but maybe putting it on the To-Do list would be a start to getting grounded…

Ginnie

Caretakers …

There has been a major shock in my professional circle… The kind of news that shakes you to your core — Makes you reevaluate who you are, and ultimately makes you choose to either do something or do nothing…

I’ve chosen to do something, starting with this blog post. We all need to become ADVOCATES for those who are dependent on us to care for them. More importantly to keep them safe… In these next few weeks I will be exploring ways that I can educate myself, and my staff and maybe even a few of you on Preventing Abuse of all types.

We need to come together as a community to protect those who can’t protect themselves.  This past weekend a friend told me about a recent hike, where she witnessed three bucks protecting a fawn from a coyote. The bucks surrounded the fawn. Isn’t this the least we can do to protect our young?

 

Ginnie