Slow Dancing

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Steve and I will be studying under Danny Dreyer of ChiRunning this weekend in North Carolina.

Beach Runners however will be doing a 4 yes 4 hour run in this August heat. There’s been many tips given to you already this year about running in the heat. But most importantly, you’ll need to run slow.

If you haven’t listened to Monday’s RunCall with Tim VanOrden it is well worth listening to as he explains the danger of running too fast on a training run like Saturday.

This is from someone who is training for the Olympic team and runs five minute miles.

Also, the last few weeks for me have been about loss. Losing some people, animals, even my cell phone…its like old layers are being shed off of my soul. Its not easy. Losing people or animals always brings tears to my eyes.

But loss always makes me think about life. And about slowing down…

This poem is from a terminally ill six year old girl courtesy of Tim Ferriss’s new book…

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Every followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?

When do you ask: How are you?
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’d do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time
To call and say, “Hi”?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower.

Hear the music
Before the song is over.

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