However, I am thankful that I made it into the woods on the most beautiful fall day of all, and I played Poohsticks with my children. The foliage was vibrant, and little critters were scurrying under leaves. There were even some bugs buzzing around, but I understood it would be brief.
Fall and Winter Habits and Aspirations
Mind, Body, and Spirit: What have I been doing?
I have started reading The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (the original author of the book Practical Magic which was made into one of my favorite movies.) So far I love the balance of historical events with mysticism and feminism. I hope it turns out to be amazing as I’m in the beginning chapters right now.
I’m also reading Willful Disregard by Lena Andersson. It’s translated from Swedish, so I am finding the writing more interesting than most romance novels. Her writing is captivating and I can’t wait to finish it. I’m not in love with the story itself, but I’m still intrigued, which I think says a lot about the writing style.
Body: Running and Yoga
I have really started to love running again, and I love it so much that I switched up my routine by focusing on running, taking a break from the bike, and entering my first 10K! I wasn’t on the podium, but I was successful and finished well. It was the coldest running I had ever subjected myself to for outdoor running as the 31-degree day surprised me, but it was very motivating, and if I hadn’t needed to skip a few long runs I would’ve signed up for a half-marathon happening the first weekend of December.
Now, in early November, I have decided to focus on the indoor bike trainer with a shorter amount of time dedicated to running. I’ve also found an early Saturday morning yoga class; I have been neglecting group yoga even though the community energizes me.
Spirit: Podcasts and Yoga
In the car, usually on my way to work, I like to listen to podcasts. One of my favorites is Endurance Planet. The most recent episode is an interview with Sanjay Rawal. I loved it and recommend it for all people, but especially those who love running and are familiar with meditation. I started meditating frequently over one year ago, and I appreciate the spiritual connections made with running, and how Sanjay speaks about your feet praying to the ground.
From the Podcast’s Website: “Sanjay Rawal is a filmmaker and runner. His most recent film is called 3100: Run and Become, which documents a small but mighty race in New York every year in which people spend nearly their whole summer running roughly 60 miles every day consecutively on a 1/2 mile block until they reach 3100 miles, taking them on a path to self-transcendence.”
My goal for this winter is to stick to my healthy habits, such as moderate running and getting on the bike. I also want to make sure that I prioritize my yoga and meditation practices because those help me stay centered and happy. I want a happy and healthy fall and winter, so when I’m reborn in the spring I can become a better version of myself.