K to O_haiku

I'm in, I eat kale
Hipster healthy bio freak
We all gonna die
Yellow, reds and browns
Path rustling under my steps
Last leaf falling down
Monkey see, monkey
do. Lead by an example.
We are animals.
Dancing northern lights
Crisp wind reddening my cheeks
Soul frozen in awe
Proud and majestic
Sublime colours, shapes and scents
Orchids on display 

F to J_haiku

Harvest of ripe wheat
Endless golden long grass fields
Bread to feed the men
Mountain of garbage
Prominent and stinky sign
Welcome to our town
Horse showing his teeth
Eyes asking for an apple
in my pocket. Neigh.
Dry ice solid gas
Global warming is coming
Icebergs are melting  
Juniper berries
Bitter and sharp on my tongue 
My head is spinning

A to E_haiku

Leaves beating my face 
Ashes broken by the wind
Tree cemetery
Foam covered pebbles 
Tangled seaweed on the shore
Our beach paradise
Purr, meow, hiss, snarl, growl
Nigh time wanders and dead gifts
Does the cat love me?
Behind concrete walls
Atlantis under water  
Dam hiding secrets  
Reflection of sound
No need for eyes in the dark
They just use echos

[Z] is for Zeal

Z     Well, this was fun. I really enjoyed writing these running posts and I hope you have enjoyed reading them. Most of them were scheduled in advance and I apologise for my lack of interaction during the challenge mostly due to the fact that big chunk of my free time was dedicated to the training for the London marathon. In next couple of weeks I will try to read and enjoy as many blogs as I will be able to digest as I know how hard all the participants have been working on them.

I appreciate every visit, like, follow or a comment received during this month and I hope to see you around.

Thank you. This was a pleasure.

 

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[Y] is for Yoga

Y     I admit that I could not think of anything else relevant to running starting with Y. (Except maybe a why?) But as I have very recently started attending yoga classes it kind of fits. I used to do yoga few years back and they were always a nice relaxing sessions with lots of meditation and breathing. I remember leaving the studio floating above the ground, high on oxygen. But I moved so that was the end of it. The classes I attend now are completely different. They are hard. Very technical and sometime I even forget how to breathe. But I keep going back anyway. I can’t explain it. I want to achieve that light feeling after leaving the class again. I should probably find a yoga session more suitable but I like the challenge to perfect the poses.

There are endless lists of reasons why is yoga good for runners, mostly to do with posture and strength. I agree. But I think it also benefits my mind, it is calming in a different way that running is. I like that.

 

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[X] is for the Unknown Variable

X     As with everything in our lives, no matter how well we have things planned out, there are sometimes surprises that may cause this well thought plan to be derailed. The same goes for running. No matter how detailed your training schedule is and how dedicated you are to follow it, there will be circumstances and occasions where you will have to adapt and change it. It is ok. It also doesn’t mean it will be a negative influence or an unhappy event. Though most probably it will be perceived that way if you don’t allow yourself a bit of flexibility. Training for a marathon is not an easy task. I don’t think I have actually mentioned that yet! It takes lot of dedication, time, restrain and hard work. It is totally worth it but it is important to know why you are doing it. Because your heart and head need to be in it. Not just your legs and lungs.

 

 

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[W] is for Well Done!

W     Well done to all London marathon runners! I have to admit that it was harder that I would like and the few missed weeks of training did matter but I was also prepared for it so I was not stressing out when I had to take a walking break.

Overall I really enjoyed the race, the weather was runner-friendly, spectators were amazing and my head stayed in the right place throughout. My time was 4:53:45 so definitely nothing record breaking and a far cry from my marathon PB but very happy that I managed to finish without pain and blisters. I am already looking forward to the next race! Though I will give myself a week of complete rest before I take the body for a gentle jog again.

I’m not a fan of the finisher t-shirt or the medal though….and I was given a gender based deodorant in the goodie-bag again 😦

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[V] is for Victory

V     I’m going for victory! Tomorrow is Marathon day and although I’m not trying to break the record or even my PB this time, I hope to be victorious. I mean to win against the 26.2 miles. Finishing a marathon is a great achievement – don’t be disappointed if your time is ‘not good’ especially if this is your first marathon. There’s no such thing as bad result! You are amazing and you should be proud whether your finishing time is 3:00 or 5:30 – you are a winner!

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL LONDON MARATHON RUNNERS TOMORROW!

 

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[U] is for Ultras

U     Ultra runs, pretty much anything over the marathon distance. Me personally, I don’t think I’m there yet. I did couple of 100k (62miles) walks and that was challenging enough for me. I wouldn’t mind doing another one this year but it would be again just a walking experience. I am more inclined to do multiple marathons that an ultra-race – I think running all six World Majors in the same year would be incredible (I guess I should start working on those PBs to qualify for Boston!) However I would love to do the Hadrian wall run one day so I’m not saying never, just not right now. 🙂

 Btw the marathon cake sale went really well today – THANK YOU SOOO MUCH TO EVERYONE!!! – we have raised £260 for Action for Blind People (the charity I’m running the London marathon for on Sunday).

 

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[T] is for Time

T     Well, I originally wanted to dedicate T to timing chips and how great they are…but I have decided that ‘Time’ would be a more accurate topic as I don’t seem to have enough of it!

Btw this is the first ‘live’ (unscheduled) post in this year’s A to Z series from me! I am writing this in the middle of baking Nutella muffins and cheese straws…not very running oriented you think? Wrong! My colleagues (to whom I am very grateful) are helping me to organize a cake sale at work tomorrow which will hopefully raise some money for Action for Blind People, the charity I’m running the London Marathon for this Sunday.

I am now officially registered for the race, I collected my bib and timing chip at the Marathon Expo yesterday (I spent over three hours and way too much money there as well) and had my picture taken at the #extramile photo booth (below) so this is suddenly feeling very real. I am excited and nervous about Sunday in equal measures. But now I have to go back to baking…I don’t think people will want to buy burnt muffins!

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