Life’s Too Short to Go So F*cking Slow: Lessons from an Epic Friendship That Went the Distance I stumbled upon this book while searching the Velopress website. I picked it up because it looked like a quick read, and might offer me some encouragement. It is indeed a quick read that held my interest through one sitting. I was careful not to read anything about the story before picking up the book, and I’m glad I did. I really don’t want to give away to much of the story, but it’s a memoir of a woman who wasn’t quick sure where she was headed in life. She met a friend that taught her what life is all about while training her for her first of many triathlons. We all need a friend like Carlos in our life. It’s definitely worth a read.
Finally, things are feeling a little happier, and a plan of action has been but in place. I used to be at a place where if everything was taken away I would still be okay. I lost that feeling, and I’m trying to get back to it. Each day, each moment of breath is not promised. I think Rennyo Shonin says it best:
On White Ashes (Hakkotsu no Gobunshø)
This letter by Rennyo Shonin is usually read by Shin ministers at funeral services.
Now, if we look realistically at the nature of human life, we see that it is fleeting and unpredictable, illusive almost. Birth, life and death pass by in the twinkling of an eye. Thus we never hear of the human body lasting for ten thousand years.
And who today can keep the body young and healthy for even one hundred years? Yes, how quickly our lives slip away. Whether I am the first or someone else, whether today or tomorrow, our lives on earth do indeed one day come to an end. Life seems to vanish unseen like ground water, or to evaporate like the morning dew on the summer lawn.
Thus our bodies may be radiant with health in the morning, but by evening they may be white ashes. If the right causes and conditions prevail, our two eyes are closed forever, our breathing ceases and our bodies lose the glow of life. Our relatives in great numbers and with great wealth can assemble, but they are powerless to change our situation. Even the rites and rituals of grief and mourning change nothing. All we can do is prepare the body for cremation; all that is left is white ashes.
In view of these facts, does it not make sense to focus on the things we can change? We cannot control the passing away of both young and old alike, but each of us can take refuge in the Buddha of Infinite Life who promises to embrace, without exception, all beings who but recite his Holy Name – Namo Amida Buddha. This you can do here and now, freeing yourself of any worries concerning your future life.
With friendly reverence, I remain,
I knew I forgot to post something last night for NaJoWriMo. That’s not to say that I didn’t spend time on a journal post. It’s just that it was all in my head. Yesterday, was challenging. I was mostly trying to figure out a plan of action on how to proceed in certain aspects of life, and time got away from me.
Today was a supposed to be a short recovery run. It was, but my side was hurting the whole time. I couldn’t shake it. I’m thinking it was that I just ate too close to running. It always fun running in town, but hot. The Ironman racers are in town, and I enjoy watching them train. I’ll tell you a little secret. I would like to try for the Hawaii lottery to make it into the big race. I have one goal that I’m working on that needs to be completed before I give that a real goal. Also, finance kinda put a damper on race fees + additional gear needed. If you like to sponsor me in that goal I’m taking offers. In the mean time I’m going to keep on trucking along with my current goals.
I don’t have much to journal about, but l’m determined to write something today. There have been som changes in life that requires me to cut extraneous expenses. Sadly, that meant giving up my trainer that I’ve been with since May. She helped me get fast, and stronger. I’m hoping that I’ve learned enough to continue to improve on my own.
Apparently, there is a new thing call NaJoWriMo. It’s like NaNoWriMo, but you write a journal everyday for October. Let’s see if I can get back in th swing of it. I also have several races to report on. I don’t think it will be a problem. Haha.
I started the morning with a 8 mile training run on the Bird Marathon course. I started at the Volcano Golf Course, and ended at Akatsuka Orchids. I had side pain until mile 5, and then it was all winnahs.
I headed into Hilo afterwards.
Got out of my car in Hilo. Guy sitting at a table talking to himself. He turns to me as I’m walking. He say “Can I have a fist bump for old times?” while holding out his fist. I oblige with a fist bump. He said he went to Japan and never came back. I start speaking my basic Japanese, and he responds back in Japanese. I think we both made each other’s day. ( Yes, he was high as a kite)
The Kona Marathon was this weekend in Waikoloa. After switching races last year due to an injury I was back to complete my goal of running the Half Marathon. The races and the Hilton Waikoloa offered a very generous room rate for Kama’aina runners, which allowed us to stay at the resort for the first time. I’ve always wanted to stay here, and play in the water slides and pools, but the Marriot has always been considerably cheaper until now. So, we made a fun day out of the event.
We arrived early for packet pickup, I check to see if we might be able to get our room early. They allowed us to check in at 12pm, which was really awesome, as check in is usually 4pm. We got a room in the Hale ‘Ike Palace Wing, which was very nice. The building was quiet, and the room was huge.
Since we got there so early we took the time to play in the water. Sadly, I still have a cold sore so I had to keep my head above water. I wasn’t able to go on the larger slides. I made do, and the kids thought I was ridiculous going down the little slide.
After, swimming we ate bentos in our and enjoyed the sunset.
I woke up at 4:15 to walk over to the start line for the 6am send off. It was a beautiful morning, which a slight breeze.
I finished with a PR of 2:25. I had been shooting for 2:20, but that’s okay. I was on track until the last few miles. I felt good for most of the race, but really started to feel it at mile 9. My Achilles’ tendon has been bothering me a bit, and it let me know it was there at 9 miles mark. I didn’t push it, as I want to keep that tendon happy. I also did a PR at the 10k mark which was exciting.
Here is my annual finisher photo with the UCC cup. I was ready to go stretch, eat, and put my feet up at this point. I really gave it my all for this race, and I was feeling it.
Half marathon race swag. The kitty wanted to be in the picture. Say hi kitty.
After, much thought of late I decided to try a personal coach. I’ve always been pretty self motivated, but haven’t been holding myself accountable on some of my goals. I’ve been thinking about this for quite sometime, and thought now might be the time to give it a go for a month or two to see if I progress.
The Kona Jingle Bell Run was a very soggy affair this year. There was a very big storm that pushed thru, but luckily there was only a light drizzle by the time the race was underway. My time for this race was 32:18. Again, I can’t seem to get my time under or back close to 30 minutes for 5K. I think I’m still recovering from the marathon last week. I had a bit of pain in the right foot, but I need to figure out how I can sustain a faster pace. I have some training changes coming up, but not sure how much I can push without an injury. I have to be a bit careful with myself. Overall a fun run, and great to see all the festive costumes.