Run Before Dawn – William Stafford
Most mornings I get away, slip out
the door before light, set forth on the dim gray
road, letting my feet find a cadence
that softly carries me on. Nobody
is up-all alone my journey begins.
Some days it’s escape: the city is burning
behind me, cars have stalled in their tracks,
and everybody is fleeing like me but some other direction.
My stride is for life, a far place.
Other days it is hunting: maybe some game will cross
my path and my stride will follow for hours, matching
all turns. My breathing has caught the right beat
for endurance; familiar trancelike scenes glide by.
And sometimes it’s a dream of motion, streetlights coming near,
passing, shadows that lean before me, lengthened
then fading, and a sound from a tree: a soul, or an owl.
These journeys are quiet. They mark my days with adventure
too precious for anyone else to share, little gems
of darkness, the world going by, and my breath, and the road.
I love this poem! I like how it starts off about running being a kind of frantic escape, and then a more calm event – simply a hunt, then finally peaceful.
Everyone is talking cold these days! I feel so cold all the time, so in the winter months I am definitely feeling it. That said – I feel like such a huge softie out here in California in the 40 degrees LOL!
This guide on dressing in the cold for a run from Runner’s World put it in perspective for me.
And lastly, I posted a picture of the book Metabolic Efficiency Training: Teaching the Both to Burn More Fat, the other night on my Instastory. I got a lot of questions – so I figured I would talk a little more about it here.
This article does a really great job of explaining what Metabolic Efficiency training is. Essentially, it is teaching your body to use fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates. The benefits of this are many: your body can only hold so much glycogen (hence, carb loading is only effective for three days), whereas there are infinite stores of fat in any given human body. Using gels and gus during races can cause a sugar crash and GI distress as well. So the less of these you can get by on, the better for most people. This is something I am exploring with my coach (who is a registered dietician), so I will keep you all posted!
Have you heard of or tried metabolic efficiency training?
What is your favorite vegetable and how to do prepare it?