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Running challenge

13 Feb

Last month I was looking for some new books to read. By browsing a few websites where I use to purchase my books, I found Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. I haven’t read any of Murakami’s books yet and I thought that now it is the time.

Since I started to practice running again, this book imediately got my attention. A novelist who describes his passion for running and training for marathon would be great inspiration for me. So I am now reading every page with curiosity how does he do this. How in the world is it possible to run every day such a long distances and keep it going for so many years.  FullSizeRender

Seriously I admire all of you out there who run marathons. I am trying to keep practising my running routine in order to become serious runner.It just hurts so much.

It hurts me when have to wake up that much early in the mornings. It hurts me when I realize that I have still a few kilometers in front of me. It hurts me when I breath and it hurts me when I don’t breath…OK, I am exaggerating little bit here. I don’t want to sound as a lamenting child. I am just at the beginning of my road towards becoming a devoted runner.

With this post I wanted to take a bow to all of you who get up at 05:00 a.m., run for about 1.5 hour and get million stuff done by the end of the day without crying from exhaustion.

I hope one day I will find courage to run marathon myself. Till that time I will keep practising and try not to skip the training every time when my alarm rings in the morning.

P.S.: I recommend Mr. Murakami’s book as well.

Yoga – My Second Experience

4 Feb

After my first stressful and painful experience, I didn’t give up and continue to practice yoga to this day. My first lesson didn’t go that well. Actually you can read the whole story HERE.

As soon as I started to feel comfortable and no longer felt as the most awkward person in the room, I realized another thing. Yoga classes are often visited not only by those of us who want to enjoy the true benefits of this beautiful exercise. There are a few individuals in each class I guess who actually don’t care about the whole yoga thing. They are coming to the class only because yoga is what everybody is talking about right now. The other reason for them can be to meet new people. But this is not one of my reasons. When I practice yoga, I want to enjoy every moment of each pose and by the end of the lesson I want to leave from the class relaxed and filled with positive energy.

These careless individuals don’t actually realize that they disturb other classmates. They are coming late to the class each time. They lay their yoga mat too close to yours. And then you can feel the smell of a cigarette. Ahaa, so that’s why they were late. Just one more cigarette before the lesson starts, right? Oh, I hate it. There is always time for a cigarette. Even if there is no time to come to yoga class earlier, last cigarette cannot be missed.

Then there are couples or even group of friends who attend the yoga class together. They use to lay their mats next to each other. This would not be a big deal. The worse thing is when they start to chat during the lesson. Really? You are going to yoga class to relax your body and mind and to learn something new from this philosophy and you cannot stop gossip even for those 90 minutes?

And then there is another type of these individuals, who are only complaining. And believe me there is a lot of reasons for them to complain. The classroom is too stale, there is no fresh air. The room is too crowded. The yoga trainer is too far away, he speaks too quiet. The lesson is too long. The lesson is too short. When the lesson will finally finish so that I can go out and lit my cigarette again? I will never understand why these people attend yoga classes. If it is such a misery for them, why bother and lose their precious time this way?

In a way I am sorry for people who don’t enjoy yoga as I do. I am not a professional yogi. My poses still look as a total disaster, but I keep practicing because it makes me happy. On my way to the class every time I pray that there would be no complaining classmate who would only hit my head “accidentally” when he turns around for each position. Well I guess nobody is perfect and I will have to accept the fact that there will always be someone in the class who will not devote all his concentration to the lesson. On the other hand I can take this as a challenge. And for the next few weeks and months I will try not to get disturbed by anyone. Challenge accepted!