Posts Tagged ‘running’

So I tried something new and fasted for 48 hours. I have only drank water for the last 2 days. Amazingly, I have had a very great experience.

 

I took it kinda easy the first day yet, I did walk a couple of miles and did attend a yoga class other then that I read and took it easy getting in

 

more tune with my body. My yoga class was one of the best ones I ever attended I felt tremendous amounts of joy. The whole fasting

 

experience was full of joy quite often. I was surprised that I have not felt to much hunger or cravings for food. There were some but I guess I put

 

myself into the mindset of seeing this through for the betterment of my health and not as some sort of sacrifice or as depriving myself of food. I did have

 

some dreams of food and of eating It seemed tougher in the dreamworld more so then in my waking world. Perhaps That is where I dealt with

 

some of the tougher times which then allowed me to enjoy the fast. I honestly did enjoy it so much I decided I was

 

going to go for a run today. I was not sure what this would do but I felt it was what I should do, so I did.

 

I ran 5 miles at what would be hour 42 of the water fast. Running on empty was surprisingly one of the most amazing joyful runs I have ever

 

had. I was smiling and loving it all the way. I went into the gym and thought lets have a go at some pull-ups. I have been working on those

 

since the winter and the maximum I have done at one time was 5 or maybe 6. Today I was able to do ten no problem.

 

I do not recommend for anyone to do what I do. I do recommend getting in touch with your intuition and listening to it and your body then you can

 

never go wrong no matter how outlandish it may seem. I do recommend to push the limits of yourself to question everything you think you know and

 

to try knew things in life. This has been my third fast ever the other two were for 24 hours. This by far has been the most enjoyable body and mind

 

learning experience of the three. Maybe next spring I will go for a week fast who knows I will have to see that then for now, I know I have made the

 

right decisions. I am now at hour 46 and still feel quite well and not overly hungry. Energy wise I still have much. Who would have thought?

 

Not me! You never know nothing new until you try something new. I do look forward to eating in 2 hours though!

 

Happy Easter to ALL !!!

 

The other day having read a post by a facebook friend of mine

“The best runners are the ones that can suffer better.” by Gary Allen,

an experienced marathon athlete /motivational speaker who has done

a sub 3 hour marathon in  5 consecutive decades. It got me thinking about

my views on this. Having read the responses, I  realized that I think

quite differently  then  many about this. I really don’t think there is one right

way or wrong way to look at it. Whatever works for you, works for you. I do think

in sharing our different views we can learn from one another.

 

 

Running to me is not about pain or suffering and not about shutting off parts

of my brain from feeling the pain.

Addiction is  about suffering and pain.

Running is not an addiction to me.

I worked hard to cure myself of many addictions.

I make sure running is not one of them.

I see running as a healthy habit.

Addiction in many ways is the embracing of pain as a form of pleasure.

Addictions give short term pleasure and long term pain.

Healthy habits are the opposite short term pain, long term pleasure.

When I run more  times then not, there is no pain at all just pleasure.

Yet,  to say there is no pain in running would be  a lie.

When pushing your self limits there is what I like to refer to as discomfort, not exactly pain.

I feel running addiction is something to beware of, something to watch out for in yourself.

It is easy  to go through life quitting one addiction then developing a different one.

The transfer of an addiction to running addiction could be a considerably tricky one,

in which you may think you are doing something good for your health.

We must check ourselves as to what we are running from here?

The root cause so to speak.

With many addictions we are doing a substance or habit to avoid some pain, yet

in return it is causing us  long term pain on top of the pain we are  avoiding.

In my mind, if running were to be about pain and suffering it would be almost exactly like  addiction.

 

 

So how does one suffer better  to become a better runner?

Initially my short sightedness did not see the truth in this statement.

To some it may mean suffering more and fighting through that suffering.

To others it maybe conquering suffering through engaging pleasure.

Either way the wisdom and words of the experienced athlete Gary Allen ring true.

I think with running and with much of life we will find that there are many different ways to do things.

It’s our jobs as individuals to find  out what works best for us.

 

So what is running to me?

 

It is my love and my passion.

It is  my gift to  myself as it is my gift to the world.

It is a constant attempt and pursuit to the  perfection of the mind, body and soul.

It is overcoming difficulty not  by adding suffering but by adding pleasure.

At times it reminds me of a hurricane where there is pain and chaos all around but,

if I  persist and push through the discomfort and see it in the best of light I will

arrive in the eye of the hurricane.

This is where I strive to go.

This is where there is peace and tranquility.

This is where I feel overwhelming pleasure.

I do not look for this perfect place outside of me, I look for it and find it inside of me.

Within this state of grace there is no pain, just pleasure.

Running to me is about love and pleasure.

This I find most powerful!

This is what I run with!

 

 

© 2012 Louis J. Auslander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I run through all kinds of weather,

all kinds of weather runs through me.

I run through pain and pleasure,

pain and pleasure run through me.

The more I look into running,

the more running looks into me.

The more running gives to my life,

the more life I have to give.

I run with life,

life runs with me.

I am running,

running is me…

© 2012 Louie J. Auslander

     Oh jeez, I just looked at the temperature now 16 brrrrr…. degrees in Chicago.

I thought it was kinda cold out there on my run today.

It was not that big of a deal though…… Why?

Partially because I am used to running in all types of weather but, more so

because of the mindset and perceptions I choose to embrace.

First off, I never checked the temperature before I ran. I watched no scary news

that said “Bitter cold freeze, bundle up and stay inside!” With that I was open to experience it,

as it is with an open mind and an open body. Well, the open body thing I kind of made up,

that is a way I came up with to go through cold weather. You have to be loose and non-rigid when it is frigid.

I kind of vision the cold wind going through me as I put up no resistance to it. This seems to work for me, with that out of the way I can focus on my running

and the environment laid out before me. I have little time or energy to concern myself with an unecessary mindset of suffering due to

conditions that are out of my control. I adapt to nature and in return suprisingly at times nature adapts to me. The symbiotic relationship

between nature and I puts a smile on my face more times then not. A smile can can take you through many of mile.

    This sort of mindset tranfers to other areas of my life. There are many situations in life out of our control. I know the ego does not like to here that.

In my experience it is not the ego that truly gives you the strength to carry on. It’s beyond the ego where the true strength to endure great feats of physical and

mental endurance exist. Life will certainly throw its fair share of trouble and difficult situations our way. Adding suffering to them, adding more pain

by thinking in negative ways only makes it worse. How many times do I have to hear ” I had a tough week I deserve to ______!”. You can fill in the blank.

I have filled in that blank with so  much more pain then was ever needed for more then a decade. I have unlearned much of this and relearned to treat my body and

mind in a good positive way. Filling that blank with something good for yourself is what you deserve. Dealing with situations in the best light that you can when they occur,

rather then building them up all week then adding more pain as an avoidance of it is only creating more pain for yourself. The ego will always tell you “Stay the course… Do as I did yesterday…Why change?”

It is the small voice of reason behind this voice that is worth listening to. Build this small voice moment by moment and in time this voice will become stronger as will you!