Sunday was scorching with a 102˚ heat index. This morning was a glorious rainy and breezy 61˚. It felt like fall. I enjoyed running in the rain. I was so grateful for the ability to move with agility. I am loving this body and what it can do…even more at this age.
There is no place more humbling than the bottom of a hill...I'm back at it. 5 days of running the trails around the lake. It's been difficult...However, today's time was minute faster than yesterday's time. I am humbled and grateful for this practice. I will never give up running. I hope to run 'til the end of my days...
I'm in a thrilling place with my running practice. Taking my run off-road onto the field, backwoods and expansive open fields that are all around me has set my spirit free! The run is harder, yet my body does not feel the brunt of the impact. I feel myself getting stronger. I've been researching the benefits of grass running. I will continue to train this way for the half marathon I have coming up in December.
Awoke to 25 degrees this morning. Hello November. 3 miles in the book.
Took this photo during my run yesterday afternoon. The temperature was brisk at 41 degrees. Still, I wore my running skirt and compression socks. I love my new Nike neoprene running jacket. I swear by Nike running apparel. It's the best. Ran off road on the open fields; I felt like a mustang...
It seems that a run across the Newburgh Beacon Bridge last weekend caused me to have an epiphany as it relates to my running. That PR 2.42mi @ 9:46 pace (personal record) had me thinking that I should begin to incorporate speed drills into my running practice. So, I've been running 2 mile interval drills. It's all new to me and so very far from my normal and very natural Zen approach to my running. However, my Vo2 Max has been rising in the process. I will write more about this later. In the meantime, I read an article about Ida Neeling, a 100 year old runner and record holder of the fastest time for an American Woman age 95-99 in the 60 meter dash! I am in awe. I am so inspired by Ida Neeling!
body is poem
spirit is breath
mind is sweat
earth is lover
Shelita Birchett Benash
I am still running. I've been running every day since Thanksgiving 2015. It is now, January 6, 2016. I've also been taking nature photographs during my runs here in Upstate NY. I'm in the midst of a creative cleanse. I am distilling.
The only game changer in this equation is me.
I'm in the midst of a run streak. I was already running 6 days a week. However, I saw the Runners World Run Streak 2015 challenge posted on Instagram that challenged runners to run every day from Thanksgiving until New Year Day 2016. So, runners are tagging #rwrunstreak on Instagram photos from their daily runs. This is my first experience with participating in a social media virtual run streak. I find it quite amazing. I appreciate seeing other runners journeys and stories. There's so much beauty out there!
I already use nature photography as part of my creative practice. However, my photography is taking on a whole new significance, as I am determined to run through winter 2016. I am so grateful for this practice. And I am so excited for this #rwrunstreak!
Here are some of the photos from my Instagram gallery. All photos from my runs are taken with my iPhone 6 Plus.