Monday, April 05, 2010
Waking up in a hut of open doors, stars, moonlight & night pours in, divine- the sound of burbling creek, of trees at night, small creatures, frogs...
Feels more like Autumn up here in the Yarra Valley.
I ran, I ran uphill for a long time. A dirt track, ferns and bracken, and tall trees.
I ran without music and my ears were filled with morning birdsong: Kookaburra, lorikeet, finch, and lyre bird.
And those bloody noisy rascally cockatoo, I cannot believe their raucous business morning and evening!
As I ran I remembered that I ran like this in my past.
A child, a teen, a young adult - unfettered, free, leader of whichever group I was hiking with, needing to be ahead of them.
Scouting out the path and meeting wild creatures - snakes, 'possum, roo, wallaby, goanna and my favorite, the echidna.
Observing dew on webs, impossible fungi, insects disguised as sticks, I longed to merge with this bush.
I ran, like this, and then I ran way past my c25k week 7, day 3 program length.
It was so joyful & easy on my knees & feet. I relaxed tense calves with conscious breath.
The next day, Easter Sunday, I unexpectedly & easily walked 13 km along a country road (but that is another story).
So Sparkfriends, I am totally hitting my fitness minute goals!
Friday, March 19, 2010
1. Feeling the rain, air, sun on my face as I run connects me to natures cycles.
2. Calming my mind in the discipline of stretching my body in yoga.
3. Weight training - this is the difference between having crippled, painful knees and being able to run, pain-free.
4. Buying fresh, organic, local fruit & veg once or twice a week at local markets - for the social atmosphere as well as making nutrition easy.
5. Preparing, cooking and eating consciously loves and acknowledges my family.
6. RESPECT - my healthy food and lifestyle choices are slowly creating a me who respects herself, who tells herself affirming words and looks in the mirror.
7. All these habits and choices support my artist soul, I plan on creating and exhibiting for a very long time.
Our home garden veggie boxes in Dec that have taken over the front lawn.
Now it is March and pumpkins have really sprawled out!
Monday, March 15, 2010
>Entered & completed my first ever sporting event, a mini triathlon 7th March.
I entered the min-tri rather than the starter.
May I preface that strapping cousin Jane & my mountain bikes onto her bike-rack was like an Olympic challenge at 6.40 am...with NO coffee in me.
The 200 Metre swim that I was looking forward to as something I know I can do turned into a disgusting soft-sand run/stagger due to the previous night's falling ice balls churning up Port Phillip Bay and making the water too toxic to swim in (poor dolphins)...
The 8 km bike ride was cool, I got to see so much of the area, nice homes, the bay, because there were no cars on the road because they somehow detour for our event.
The 2 km run was doable also...
And Jane was there cheering me on at the finish line...she could most likely have done the entire event twice whilst I was getting there...
I smiled the entire way, and I was quite possibly last in every event.
I noticed an awesome chunk of rainbow in the overcast sky as we waited to begin.
I noticed the variety of women who participated, in all age and ability ranges.
I had a HUGE endorphin buzz that lasted til the next day.
...1 WEEK ON...
>Still pain free running! Begin week 6 of Couch 2 5k tomorrow.
The best thing that happened to me this week is running 20 minutes on Sunday 14th.
I was out the door before 7.30 am, leaving the 5 yo & his Daddy sleeping...
Gorgeous autumnal morn, dew-soaked grasses, sparkling cobwebs and a day bursting with expectancy! Drank 3 glasses of water (!) followed by lots of stretching before I left. Sure it was a bit of a challenge for about a minute, but I just love this program!
>Have drunk a total of 3 glasses of red in 28 days. All were consumed last weekend (x2 Friday, x 1 on Sunday) - what is going on here? I made a committment to not drink until Easter!
>Have been feeling not so positive since doing the mini-tri BUT I have been taking good care of what I eat and remembering to drink water.
I have not blogged, I have not written my papers, made any art -I feel shattered somehow. I have been isolating from friends. I feel sad.
I am up and it is 3.15 am, I need to sleep. I know I can work this out, I just have to digest it a bit more.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Already the air feels fresher.
On my run on Monday night, I was cold for the first time in months.
I remembered running as a teenager.
The cold air hurting my nose, sometimes my teeth as I ran on frosty grass. I loved long runs in the countryside, I forgot.
It is cold where I grew up, I remember swimming in a wetsuit on a snow covered beach! I was mad for oceans, sailing, surfing, but especially windsurfing.
Where has that person gone?
She is buried under layers of negative self talk, the city, a crazy work schedule, an unexamined story I told myself that artists do not exercise or live clean.
Wow, I can feel this younger self, this person who is compelled, bursting with vitality, to move and stretch and lift and balance.
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