“Perhaps the earth can teach us, as when everything seems dead in winter and later proves to be alive.”

Pablo Neruda.

What’s going on? Not much blogging, it seems. So, if you will, bear with me for a post about the blog.

Although the name and “About” section of the WAWT blog suggests a more wide-ranging exploration of wellness in general, it’s obvious that the main focus up to now has been running. When my interest in the sport led me to races and wanting to discover more sophisticated training methods, run-centric blogs fulfilled a desire to learn and engage with athletes of all levels. And reading these blogs inspired me to share my own experience and insights not least because, as I’m sure many of you have learned, while family and friends are generally supportive, not everyone wants to hear the daily details of your marathon nutrition plan or splits from your morning tempo run. 🙂 In addition to serving as an outlet for my health pursuits, this blog began as a way for me reconnect with the joy of writing, which has always been a passion.

I began 2017 excited about some longer-term, lofty-but-probably-doable goals. But throughout the year, these ambitions have naturally fallen by the wayside and I haven’t forced myself back on the track because, honestly, they just feel too narrow. Running seems to be settling into my life in a way that is more integrated, balanced, and deeper. I’m less focused on quantitative goals, like running a particular race or making sure I get in a certain amount of miles so that I don’t “lose fitness.” Less concerned about what I “should” do and less fearful of what will “happen” if I don’t. Now, running is just THERE. I just trust it so much more… so generous and available whenever I need it!

So how am I filling all of this spare time now that I’m not eating, sleeping and exercising like a marathoner? Well, lots of yoga, vipassana meditation, reading, moisturizing my dry hands, discovering podcasts, cooking vegetables, finishing rounds of golf with IPAs, buying jigsaw puzzles, listening to music and I mean like REALLY trying to LISTEN. I’ve also gone on some beautiful, soul-nourishing runs. Basically, I am trying to, as much as I can, live with some fucking ease here, guys.

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So all of this preamble just to lock in an intention to use this platform to share, expand, and deepen my passion for physical and mental wellness, using this term as broadly as possible.

Finally, as you might know, “Well and Warm Together” is a line pulled from one of my favorite books, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway:

“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” 

I chose to name the blog after this quote because it reminds me about the small things that make living life more bearable, sometimes even exquisite and joyful. This is sort of the thesis of what I want this blog to be about, so I hope that some of you will continue to join me in this conversation!

Ok. That’s it. Oh jeez – I really didn’t mean to make this sound like some kind of eulogy for my running career… it’s not! ANYWAY I hope you’ll forgive some of the earnestness in this post too. I promise to try to infuse my natural proclivity for dry wit and sarcasm in to my future blog posts as I’ve attempted in the past. But goddamn all of this oneness with the universe is making me soft! 😛 Ok I’m really going to stop writing now.

xo

 

 

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9 thoughts on ““Perhaps the earth can teach us, as when everything seems dead in winter and later proves to be alive.”

  1. I love how you describe your current relationship to running–it sounds wonderful. It also sounds like a wonderful stage–I love that about running and other hobbies/passions–there seems to be room in life for different stages and experiences, they don’t have to be one thing for us all the time.
    Adore the name of your blog as well–that’s a beautiful line!

    • “there seems to be room in life for different stages and experiences, they don’t have to be one thing for us all the time.” <– THIS! 100%! Seems simple but it's so easy to lose sight of this kind of perspective.

      thank you so much cat! =)

  2. Ahhh reading this in the middle of a summer marathon training cycle triggered a serious case of people-who-aren’t-stuck-in-summer-marathon-training-cycles envy. It has been historically hard for me to keep up with running without a training plan or goal to work toward, but as I gain more experience in the sport, I get a little closer to that point. Getting out of shape this year after taking tons of time off made me realize how much I hate being out of shape and don’t want to go back to that place, and I’m gradually starting to learn that I feel much better on the days I start off with a morning run than the days I don’t, so I’m basically crossing my fingers that those lessons will stay in my brain after I cross the finish line. Honestly if it weren’t for the exorbitant amount of money I dropped to register for Chicago I’d probably be in the same place as you right about now. Marathon training is a drag.

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  4. I’m very much in the same boat with you in regards to running. I keep thinking “I’m sure a running goal will come to me eventually ” but it’s been 8 months and I’m just chilling. Looking forward to reading about your other ventures into wellness.

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