Snow days are an excellent opportunity to recalibrate and center oneself. Gratitude.
4 mile run. Done. I've been reading MLK for inspiration, peace of mind and lessons for the way forward. Onward!
©Shelita Birchett Benash
I found a private lake today. I paid to enter and found myself on the most beautiful trail. I'm going to keep this place a secret. I will run the trails there through this winter. As I marveled my way around the lakeside, I could hear God say, " You're welcome."
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.
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