“Daley Ranch in the northern part of Escondido is a 3,058-acre habitat preserve that is popular with hikers, horseback riders and history buffs. The hills and valleys of what is now known as Daley Ranch were used for centuries by Native Americans of the Kumeyaay, Luiseno, and other small tribes.
The first recorded European settler to arrive in this valley was a young English immigrant named Robert Daley. He settled into this valley around 1869 and built a small cabin.”
Labor Day running with great company. Got 13 miles around Daley Ranch and will be coming back here for more miles throughout the winter as it will now be cool enough to enjoy without the hot sun beating down on you. Looking forward to those runs and more friends joining me on these trail. Thanks @kyraoliver and @chriswernke1 for running with me today. #runinrabbit#hoppcantstop#daleyranch#RADrabbit
Exercising! We have been doing a new trail running routine and are LOVING IT! .
BUT. I haven’t historically loved it. I was the kid in gym class with the consistently slowest mile, first to opt out of the monkey bars, etc. It was the only class I ever got a B in. Ever. .
I didn’t know what to do with the constant back-and-forth of thoughts saying, “I like this--I don’t like this!--I like this!--I don’t like this!” It was too overwhelming to figure out which thoughts to follow and which thoughts to ignore. And even now, it’s like I’ve developed a rule system with myself where I say, “Ok, you can’t stop the first time you want to stop, but you CAN stop the second time you want to stop.” It’s not the exercising that’s a pain in the ass--it’s the BS in my personality that makes those situations crazy! .
So what if I had a new barometer for figuring out which thoughts to follow and which ones to ignore? What if I took an interest in being just a straight up good manager of my body, and only followed thoughts that were in line with that intention? So when I come across the thought that says, “Please stop! It burns! I hate it!” Instead of immediately following it or giving myself the out to follow it the second time it happens, what if I slow the fuck down and realize that I am not my thoughts, my thoughts are my tools to navigate my life. Being a good manager of my body means to investigate the truth of those thoughts--what will happen if I keep running? Will I pass out? Will I blow out a hamstring? Will I become so fatigued that I won’t be able to get back to the car? I can never know for certain what the future holds, but if those scenarios sound unlikely, then I’m probably being a better manager of my body to recognize those thoughts and then ignore them (as in, don’t do what they’re telling me to do). Or in the words of Dory: Just keep running (erm, swimming, but you get the point). .
Thoughts are a command. We decide whether to follow them. It’s revolutionary when we understand that we don’t need to do everything our thoughts are telling us to do. .
That’s it! Just a little trail running contemplation. Back to the run!!