Nuun Powder

In this blog I describe how I use crushed NUUN tablets as a low weight electrolyte replacement.

The Brooklyn Half this weekend will be humid and that means lots of sweat and possible dehydration and the possible annoying complications of kidney failure and death.

I considered carrying two ten ounce bottles on my hydration belt as I do for training but I don’t want to shlep a pound with me and instead I’m trying something new.

I crushed Nuun tablets and put them in small bags. I plan to drink water. Pour water in the bag and walk 10 feet and then chug and run. I plan to do this at miles 6.2 and 10. I plan to use GU at the start, and then at mile 5 and 9

Tao Te Ching 39

Humility is the root of greatness.

Those in the high positions do well to think of themselves as powerless, small, and unworthy.

Isn’t this taking humility for the root?

Attain honor without being honored.

Don’t shine like jade, or chime like bells

Brooklyn Half Marathon Taper

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Finally, it’s the Brooklyn Half Marathon Taper.  The Brooklyn 13.1 is in 12 days so this is kind of a late taper but I went away for the weekend and although I eeked out an 8 mile hike, I felt like I needed to do one more 10+ mile run to feel ready.  I ran on the Montour Trail which is really pretty flat for this area.

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But even so, it’s not that far off from the elevation change in the Brooklyn.  It was a pleasant day in the 50’s with cloud cover.  I listened to the music I listen to during the run.  All the songs are chosen for a beats per minute pace that roughly approximates what I try to do in the race.  I also use BeatPacer on my iPhone to further refine the pace.  It really helps especially during the uphills.

So now it’s mostly rest.  I have a 10km training run with either Steel City on Saturday or Fleet Feet on Sunday.  Next week is usually really light with nothing more than 5Km.

Ta Chuang

To achieve true power and true greatness

one must be in harmony with what is right.

False power and false greatness can be seen all around us in the world. Through egotistical and aggressive manipulations many people obtain a temporary position of influence. The I Ching teaches us a different way of acquiring and using power, one that leads to true greatness and enduring influence. The way of the Sage unites power with modesty, justice, gentleness, and equanimity.

The hexagram Ta Chuang indicates that you have increased your power now by purifying your thoughts and actions. Through contemplation of higher principles you have begun to open doors for yourself; through alignment with what is true and good you gain insight into situations and the power to resolve them in your favor. But it is important to remember that it is the Sage who is the source of your strength. If your ego takes over and wields the power that is at hand, the ensuing misfortune will be great.

The I Ching counsels us not to misuse our strength by judging, condemning, punishing, manipulating, or dismissing others. It advises reticence in speech and action: more often than not, the truly superior relies on stillness and nonaction, allowing inner truth to penetrate gently to the heart of difficulties. The I Ching also cautions us to wait patiently for the appropriate time for speech or action. Power can make us eager, but eagerness unbalances and leads us into trouble. By listening carefully and patiently to the Sage we know when to move ahead, when to wait, and when to retreat.

In the end, true greatness comes only to those in whom strength and proper principles are firmly united. If you follow the Sage and persevere steadfastly in what is correct, you will inherit the power of the great.