First run with the group yesterday in about 6 weeks. I was surprised how good it felt to be back with them. Everyone is sort of in this in between stage – in between their spring marathon/races and the start of training for Chicago or other fall races. I also feel like, yesterday at least, I was in this in between place with the group. I’m not fast enough to be up with the fasties during the speed work that we did, but there is a new group of people that I am faster than, which surprised me. But it’s all good. I’m excited that there are going to be new faces with the training group this time around – always good to get to know more runners.
I loved yesterday’s meditation from my daily book. Part of it:
Stay Open to Surprise
Some experiences that I was told would bring me joy, didn’t . . . other experiences – the ones I had the least expectations of – surprised me. They riveted my soul, opened my heart, touched me, changed me in ways I didn’t expect. Stay open to surprise. Don’t let your dreams and expectations color what you know to be true for you. Trust your perceptions. Trust how a thing feels to you. If you expected something to work and it didn’t, trust that. If something has opened your heart and produced growth, love, and joy, trust that. Don’t let your expectations or prejudices color and distort your experience. You may be pleasantly surprised to find joy where you least expected it.
In running, but also in life, I have been keeping an open mind lately. And I have found myself surprised with new hope, growth and joy. And, in keeping with the not letting expectations/prejudices distort your experience and instead stay open to surprise theme, tonight I am doing something that terrifies me, but also sort of excites me at the same time. Tonight I am riding a Harley with a friend. Yep, I’m a bad ass, I know. 🙂