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The Way I See It #76

The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Waiku No. 483, Seeking Peace & Tranquility

Massage tonight, hot
stones, no conversing with her.
BlackBerry off. Peace.

Photo credit: J. D. Morehouse

Insomnia visited, so I read my new marathon walker's bible for a long time. I now know what interval training is (for walkers) and the 4 different workouts I need to alternate to reach my goal.

I know how to eat so my body will feed itself from my fat stores and my carb stores, leaving enough carbs to fuel my brain, but also feeding from fat so I don't hit the wall. I can pretty much control whether I do or don't hit the wall.

I have a regimen of stretches that put those stretches I previously loved to shame.

My maximum heartrate is 170. I know which routines to use on the days I need to perform at 75% and 80% and 85% of my maximum. I understand how this is done!

I don't know why some days my feet plod like ducks' feet, but I know something to try next time they do. For someone who has walked as many miles as I have, I don't seem to know anything about walking. Mostly, I do it all wrong. At least for marathon walking.

And I think I can do this! I don't have to have walked a marathon before I walk the marathon, but I have to have had some long walks. Maybe 20-22 miles like TOB suggested.

I'm very excited. I feel more powerful because I have knowledge and there is a plan set out for me. 16 weeks of training and then a month to just keep building on it. I like things set out on a calendar - I like the visual. It's comforting to me. Something that surprised me: this marathon walking guru encourages complete days off sometimes. I don't think that will work for me, but he recommends it.

Learning new things . . . . it's a beautiful thing!

In my ears right now: ZZ Top ~ Deguello

Why I like it: ;)

Something that charmed me today: E-mailed praise for something I wrote from someone whose opinion matters the most.


  1. Love the waiku! You are well on your way to becoming a marathon expert. :-) And I'm impressed that your brain functions when insomnia hits. Mine is fuzzy and retains nothing.

  2. I'm not sure it's a good thing, but this is what I'm hardwired for: if you're alive and breathing, you must be DOING something. So. It is what it is.

    I've just come in from walking for 4 3/4 hours. No harder, no faster. Just longer. It was OK. I'm not in pain. I think this is doable. I believe in me.

    Thanks, Doozyanner missed you while you sistered away! I wish I had one.

  3. Limes, I admire what you're doing. It's a beautiful thing.

  4. Very cool! Congratulations on your education...and, like Doozyanner, I'm amazed you can call your brain to action at 0Dark:30 during your bouts of insomnia.

  5. Hey, thanks to all of you for the encouragement! I am going to blog about that walk in excess of four hours. I'm not feeling too wonderful today, physically, but I'm not discouraged ~ just sore. I think I'm just lucky - for whatever reason, despite my advanced years, I still get high marks for "instant on". Even when I'm wiped out, I still function pretty well in most ways.