Roald Dahl. Here are some concerns, in no particular order, that plagued my monkey mind as last weekend’s half marathon approached: low mileage weeks, a skipped 10 miler (flu), another supposed 10 miler that went so badly that I called … Continue reading
Thich Nhat Hanh.
After several weeks of mostly consistent running, I’m looking forward to my first big race of the year — the half distance at Sunday’s Oakland Running Festival. As usual, it’s 6 days out and I’m trying to determine the line between stupid and lazy. How to keep one’s head on straight while making space for potential magic? Some days I imagine PR-smashing victories while other times a heaving 2 hour finish sounds massively lucky. Just your ordinary pre-race psycho-jitterbugging.
In the meantime I play and work, I read and eat. With regards to the last two, I’m taking inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh’s “How to Eat,” purchased from Pilgrim’s Way Book Shop in lovely Carmel-by-the-Sea this weekend.
— Do you delight in meditations on a string bean?
— Believe a cup of tea contains the universe?
— Invite space for mindfulness when table setting and/or dishwashing?
Well then this one’s for us, ladies and gents.
In fact Sunday loops around Lake Merced followed by a nap and house cleaning listening to audiobooks and preparing a butterflied trout with a roasted crispy-skinned sweet potato and pot de creme for dessert might be just everything…
…Not to mention that one-night-only Carmel vacationette, perfect and sweet as a little jar of chocolate.
Well, I guess it was a good weekend!