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Thanks for visiting my blog! I love to share gluten-free recipes, running adventures, and stories of everyday living with you.
I hope you find usefulness or inspiration from within these pages of living life as a gluten-free cook/baker, runner & multi passionate artist.

Running. Meditation. Strength.

runnersworld.com/quotes For the last several years, I have wanted to learn how to meditate.  No matter what I try, where I sit, the time of day, I just never seem to have the ability to quiet my mind, remain open, and just be.  It is so hard to be present with ... the silence.  Nothingness.  Patiently waiting for ... for whatever is supposed to actually happen when you are meditating.

Over the last year, I have come to realize, for me, running is my meditation.  It is a time in my day when I am usually on my own, the rhythmic pounding of left, right, left... looking for traffic, simply observing the world and being present.  I can run for hours and simply enjoy BE-ing in the world, moving on my feet, smiling for no reason other than ... I am.

I have not run since Saturday, and I am feeling that ... yearning of wanting to get out and move my body.  I miss the quiet spaces I find while putting in my paces around the waterfront.  I am so grateful tomorrow is a run day!  Being on the taper, I think I will feel the difference - lacking the extra mileage, and for the first time, I feel like NOT running will be harder than running every day.  It's funny how things change.  :)

Happy Running! ~Alaina

The Taper & the Distance Flip

The View Out My Blurry Window