Home sweet home in New Zealand.
Got reacquainted with my cat
And reacquainted with a whole lot of sheep (more sheep than people by far in our weird/awesome little country… chasing them out of our garden is always a good time)
Obsessed over my sisters hair skills
And went for a run and got chased by the goats as usual.
There is just something so special about running the hills of my childhood.
I learnt to drive on this road, came home from school and ballet along it every day, got held up by cows crossing, and now have been pounding the pavement with my running on it for the last 7 years.
Whenever I run here again now I always reflect on where I am in both my running and my life.
I’ve run it and been obsessed with getting faster and that was awesome.
Now I run it and don’t think about pace and time and endurance. I walk a few hills. I take photos of the pretty sheep. I gaze at the green hills and think of my childhood here. I run only for enjoyment and that’s pretty awesome too. I feel slightly amazed at my lack of drive to push myself for a faster run. There are definitely times when I enjoy running fast like a sweaty beast but when I’m home in the green rolling hills, I just want to drink in every second.
I feel like this is inextricably connected to my yoga practice. Before running was something to constantly do better in, which was awesome and I certainly cranked out runs faster than I do now. But yoga has pushed me more into letting go, into non-attachment to the final result and into more focus on the feel of the moment, the here-and-now of the running experience. Neither is better than the other, just different.
How times change.
I wonder where I will be in my running journey in another seven years?!
Finished off the day with a delicious home cooked meal
And baked an apple cake to be enjoyed by a nice fire. Skillful, I know. I’ll let you believe that until I post the recipe tomorrow and you realise that there are basically three steps.
It’s good to be back.
How has your running changed over the years?
Do you care about different things with your running now than you did a few years ago?