Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'm Back (Sorry for the Hiatus)


Well, life has a way of putting obstacles & challenges in our path; often times resulting in our having to take a detour. Although I have not posted lately, I have continued to push my boundaries in many ways (spiritually, mentally & physically).

I have begun to pray (3) rosaries a day. Our lives, our families, our communities & our world severely need prayers so despite the fact that I am busy, I am adding more to my plate in the spiritual sense.

Mentally I have added in one more book to read. I am now reading (3) books at once (Return from Tomorrow - George G. Ritchie, Awakening the Giant Within - Tony Robbins & now One Tough Marine - First Sergeant Donald Hamblen USMC & Major B.H. Norton USMC - retired). Regarding our mental boundaries, I do not believe that man has found them nor defined them. It is the basis for the mission statement for Know No Boundaries that "we determine our own boundaries or limitations".
We decide how we will react to any given situation, we decide what fork in the road we take or what path we walk & we decide to keep on keeping on or giving up.

In the physical arena, I am trying to keep my mileage up (despite the fact that I did not run in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon this last Sunday).

Kudos to all who ran & who conquered!

Plans are underway for my "50 for 50" run this July. I am planning on running 50 miles on my 50th birthday. We will be starting the evening of July 10th & finishing up around noon on the 11th ( I was born then so I am told). In the mean time, I run, run, run & then run more. Then in October, K1 & I (K2) will be running the Heartland 100 in Cassoday, Kansas. I ran the 50 miler there (2) years ago so I know 1/2 of the course. I am really fired up friends.


Remember that as you go through your day & your life, keep in mind that there are many signs that if we are quiet enough & pay close enough attention, we can see where we need to go. Remember, God was not in the wind, or the fire, but in the ever so small whisper. Often times the direction that we need to go is right in front of us.
God Bless you;
K2

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Truly Knowing No Boundaries

It is right there before our eyes, every place, every where & within every person. We all have that Grace of God within us allowing us to break through the countless "boundaries" that life sets before us. The wall that blocks you from achieving your goal or dream is only there to keep people out who do now want to achieve their dreams or desires bad enough. For those of us with a true God-driven passion, there are literally NO BOUNDARIES.

Many times our journey to overcome these so called boundaries in & of itself is a spiritual journey bringing us deep within ourselves to the true dwelling place of God Almighty. It is within the human soul that God finds His true home.

The Marathon Monks of Mt. Hiei are without a doubt, the worlds most incredible athletes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S06oMxdt40A



See at the top.

K2

Monday, April 6, 2009

Running, the olfactory & Perfume

There is nothing like the an early morning run. On the trail, it is the smell of the morning dew, wet grass, jasmine or honeysuckle. In the city, it could be fresh brewed coffee, waffles or bacon wafting through an open window. As the day moves on, the smells of lunch or dinner move in or the smell of pinion wood in the Chimera.

Running with friends always makes it more enjoyable as the talk of eating is the subject of many of our conversations. This is where we can :stretch" the boundaries a bit. Seeing as we are running & burning calories, it is acceptable to talk about food. Too often we only get to have a few packets of GU although this morning, we were treated to pretzels, Cliff Blocks & other sundry treats @ Katheryn's house.

Thanks Kathryn.

I will have to say that the one odor that constantly finds the olfactory is perfume! I mean come on ladies, what's the point? Are you trying to meet your soul mate or impress that handsome dude in your running group? I mean, we are RUNNING, duh! We are expected to sweat. It an be kinda sexy to be hot & sweaty amongst those of the opposite sex.


I had a good conversation with Patti this weekend & she suggested that I cut our the feminist talk & to quit while I was ahead. I need to just get over it & accept that women WILL RUN with perfume & make-up.

I am not getting on to you ladies, it is just that I find it very odd. From a guys perspective, it is impressive enough that you are out there running & taking care of your body & trying to stay healthy. The perfume only detracts from the natural smells of life.


Until next time.
Happy trails.


K2