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February 7th, 2008 - Vigdisdotter

About February 7th, 2008

Feeling good about myself 10:33 pm

So I’m holding steady at the 7km in 42minutes jog time.  Apparently this puts me at an average speed of 10km/hr.  Not exactly fast, but a damn sight better then the 8km/hr I’ve been letting myself get away with for the last year.

I’m going to stay with this route/speed for the next month I think.  I really want to increase my cardio.  As it is, I’m puffing pretty hard at the end of that 7km, which isn’t good.  So the goal now is to get my lungs to chill and the muscles to work their best.  When I’m not out of breath after finishing, I’ll think about lengthening the route.  Hopefully I can up the speed too.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

Someone asked 11:15 pm

What do I get out of my martial art (Ninjutsu)?  Interesting question.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

Balance, mind, body and soul.  I know it’s a horrible cliché, but it’s true.  I’ve learned things about myself that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever even imagined.  And the esoteric side of the art even ties in with my heathen spiritual beliefs/practises.  Oh and being able to run down a muddy embankment in the dark is a nice bonus :P

My spatial awareness is fantastic (though not flawless).  I like being able to jog at night and know exactly where I am by the feel of what’s under my feet.  I like being able to walk into a club and move freely, even though the place is packed.

I’ve learned humility.  Alright, you can stop laughing now.  By humility I mean that I understand that there is always someone else out there that can beat me soundly in any given field.  Not just know it, I respect it, I acknowledge it and I do my best to be ready to learn form those that are my betters.

At the same time, I’ve learned to respect and value myself and my skills.  I’ve learned to be proud of abilities and not to short change myself.  

I train in a martial art that can kill people.  But I’m not about killing anyone.  I train because it’s a way to make myself better one so many levels.  In training, I’ve gained a kind of second family, and if anyone of them called for pizza or for help, I’d be there in a heartbeat.

The thing is, it’s not just a martial art.  It’s even more then a life style.  It’s a way of BEING.

That’s what I get out of it. 
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
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