March 25, 2007
every day's a holi-day
Spring break's officially done and boy, are my arms tired. Between schoolwork, regular-work, running, and other stuff (like bassplaying) I've managed to pack more into this past week than most normal weeks. School starts tomorrow, which adds 6 hours at just about half-speed to every weekday. I am almost, but not quite, looking forward to the boring bits.
Running's been going fairly well, not least because I've been able to recover at my own pace. The week went like:
M: 6mi (8:11)
T: 17mi (7:49)
W: 6mi (8:13)
R: 8mi (8:28), ok, it's catching up with me
F: 7mi (8:09)
Sa: 9.86mi incl "5K" (3.21mi) race - 20:05, 1OA. 6:06/6:15/6:26/1:17 (.21mi)
Su: 16mi (8:26), yes I am tired now
total: 69.9 miles
I'm pretty sure the 5K course was long. The turnout was ultra-low, and I led from wire to wire. A 5K won in 20 minutes is nothing to crow about, but I got a nice-sized gift certificate to a good restaurant, so I ain't complainin'.
Running the 5K was part of my plan to rid myself of the aversion to speedwork and short races. I can't say that I now looove fast running, but I didn't die or stop or puke and it was really bearable for a short while. This coming week I have no races planned, but there's a track workout Wednesday afternoon and I am just going to have to do it, no arguing or whining.
Something I've been thinking about: the whole idea of praying on your knees. To me it says: you are big and I am small; do with me whatever, or nothing, as you wish. Not that I pray on my knees, or even really pray at all. But I wonder what it would be like to believe in something to the point where you would - without thinking - throw yourself on the ground because it is big and you are small, and it made you and could unmake you. I haven't ever discussed it with anyone (except now you, dear readers, all 3 a' ya), but I suspect that many people are really reluctant to consider something that 1) is bigger than themselves and 2) might not be interested in every little thing they think or say.
Posted by joe positive at March 25, 2007 8:12 PM
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are you suggesting the three of us should throw ourselves to the ground should you ever materialize before our very eyes? I am already losing my balance...
Posted by: corrado giambalvo at March 26, 2007 6:10 PM
I've never quite understood the praise thing, or the fear thing. Though I have to say (and I can see your eyes rolling) that having a kid gives you this tiny glimpse at magic and majesty that is totally out of our realm. And that makes you think about how each person is really an amazing miracle.
Saying thanks is easy, though. Not because He/She/It needs to hear it, necessarily, but because we need to say it.
Posted by: Tina at March 28, 2007 11:51 PM
Congrats on the 5K+! A win is a win; enjoy that meal.
Hans Urs von Balthasar, a leading Catholic theologian, has a famous statement among many: "All theology should be done on the knees." In this sense, kneeling is as much an intellectual act as one of obedience, gratitude, praise, and petition. Yes, it is done in the realization of the immensity out of which we were all created, a realization that is written on every human heart. We don't have to wonder; we merely have to open ourselves to it, an act (to paraphrase Aquinas) of the intellect's raising the will to God -- the definition of faith.
Posted by: stephen at April 11, 2007 8:36 PM
My only comment to this posting is to mention that you have more than three readers; this, unlike the existence of God or goddddduh or gods or the FSM, can now be proven. Amen.
Posted by: duncan at April 12, 2007 11:54 PM