Craig Wisner

Running (or Life): 5/14-5/20

Monday: 5.3 easy trail

Tuesday: 4 easy trail

Wednesday: off

Thursday:  7 easy trail

Friday: 3.5 easy trail

Saturday: 4 backpacking

Sunday: 4 backpacking

Total: 27.8 miles

Good week.  Not running on the weekend seemed to help my knee considerably; not feeling any tightness.  Ran a 5K yesterday with no pain or issues, so the walking likely helped.  Healing is coming along.  A free pair of replacement New Balance MT110s came in the mail today, will break them in tonight.

I was eating vegan for a few days, fell off during backpacking this weekend, back on for two days now.  I’m feeling good, trying new recipes, and raiding the local library for cookbooks.  One of the greatest difficulties is simply changing the way I think about food and so many of the habits that surround it. Many of the go-to snacks and comfort meals I once grabbed for are gone.  Rethinking shopping, trying to get a new sense of what basic ingredients to stock…all an adjustment.  But I feel good, both mentally and physically.

While I’m certainly no Buddhist, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about compassion and appreciation for life in all forms as advocated in many Buddhist and Shinto traditions.  While it may sound somewhat ridiculous, I’ve always felt a tinge of the monastic when vegan, due to the necessity of being present and avoiding mindless self-indulgence.

Reading Gary Snyder’s Turtle Island this morning I was struck by a verse in the poem “Spel [sic] Against Demons”:

The stifling self-indulgence in anger in the name of

Freedom

must cease…

But I have to wonder: is it self-indulgence in anger or is our plight angry self-indulgence?  Or do they feed each other?

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