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Noticeable Improvement

May 21st, 2011 No comments

I like to run. I ran a lot during my teenage years; often times running 3-5 times per week. I took a hiatus from the activity for a reasonable length of time. Perhaps several years. Now I’m back at it, running consistently for the last few years again. It feels good. Although the activity has become a bit more painful over the last few years, I have resolved that running through the pain will pay off for the long-term as it pertains to physical wellness.

Running is a tough animal. There are many variables that can make the activity quite tedious even a tad frustrating;

1. It’s monotonous

2. It’s painful

3. It’s hard on the joints

4. It’s time consuming

5. It’s often a solitary activity

6. It’s exhausting

Despite all of my listed whiny complaints about the sport, it does tend to test the mental resolve and toughness of the human mind. It makes a person test their will power and endurance.

The last 2 years of running have been difficult. I’ve only seen a gradual and slow improvement. It’s frustrating, sometimes discouraging to only notice small incremental improvements. Yet I can say that I am finally beginning to see noticeable improvements.

2 days ago I did a lengthy loop with an extremely steep climb in the middle of it. I wanted to stop but decided to bull on forward. I kept going and finished strong. The next day I felt weary. My muscles were stiff. My chest a bit tight. And my lungs somewhat tired. I got another run going though and felt it may be wise to shorten the distance for the day.

It turned out to be a good idea. My body had had enough and needed a day of rest. Funny thing though, at the end of my sluggish run, all of the sudden my legs said ‘hello there my friend, I am here for you’. In an instant and hearing the word ‘Sweet’ echo through my head, I kicked it into high gear, feeling like a juggernaut plowing through a brick wall.

Have you felt this kind of noticeable improvement in any aspect of your life as of late?

Matthew Polkinghorne

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100 Shades of Ridiculous

May 8th, 2011 No comments

Sometimes I get lost in the randomness of personal thoughts. I can drive my mind to the verge of insanity in the snap of a finger and restore it to iron-clad aegis just as fast.

I think about the gambling expert who teaches people how to gamble on T.V. while they sit in their hotel room and ponder what to do next; and I wonder Рhow did this person come to be an authority on playing the odds? I think about how I listened to and viewed  all of the various gambling strategies and laugh myself into stitches after hearing the statistical probabilities, likely outcomes, and catchy one-liners that get people jumping off their seats and chewing on their fingernails.

I think about the word {without} and feel how it translates into the creative sound of diminished chords and melodies. I think about how the taste of the right alcohol enhances fullness of individual tones and the pleasant ache of hollow chords. Alcohol has this seeming effect of slowing the mind to point out where the aches are in the body; where the internal tension distends and resides.

And I can feel how there are many times when I think too much and I be too little and resolve that I need to accept that this is a segment of time and only natural.

I only now see one image; a constructed dam that allows a giant basin of water to fill up behind it. The water is slowly filling up in the basin and this is the fun part for all of you creative existentialists out there (everyone really). And there is that river down below after the dam. It has a slow current with a beam of sunshine that creates a golden sheath of glass.

There’s a pine tree that juts out of a rock surface at a forty-five degree angle. It overhangs the water, creates a shadow, and a place to not be scorched by the sun.

As I said, 100 shades of ridiculous. Rational.

Matthew Polkinghorne

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