Thursday, June 14, 2018



A kaleidoscope of beautiful thoughts swirl around my morning mind. Soaking in the mood of pleasantness created by the smell of coffee, flowers and the way air feels when darkness is extinguished by the first streaks of light.

I have been lucky enough to visit some beautiful places this past year. One of the best parts of traveling is reliving the feelings imprinted from certain moments. Often in the mornings, I relive such experiences with not one detail escaped. When the world of slumber is not too distant, certain smells, or the way light hits a leaf can have the power to transcend space and time.

So it is in the summertime when school is out and I have no particular place to be, one of my favorite hobbies is loitering. Loitering outside in remote corners of the island, on cliff sides with goats, empty beaches with crabs, or in cafes drinking unnecessary amounts of coffee. Catching snippets of others conversations, laughing to myself in silent amusement. Like the couple who were so delighted by their baked to perfection ginger cookie that they just had to have another.

Or a conversation I had with an Astrobiologist(Never knew such a field of study existed) about growing vegetables in space, the way dust is dispersed throughout our galaxy and the human threshold for sanity in isolated conditions. It has been concluded that 8 months time is about how long it takes for otherwise sane individuals to digress into “Lord of the Flies” type behavior patterns.

I just finished reading a book called "I Served the King of England" by Bohumil Hrabal, highly recommended! One of my favorite passages:

“He had an aristocratic habit of spending practically everything he earned, and now and then he would treat himself the way our guests did, but he'd always have so much money left over that he'd arouse the innkeeper of the emptiest inn in the village and order him to go wake up some musicians to play for him.

Then Zdenek would go from door to door and invite the sleepers to come down to the inn to drink to his health, and then the music played and there was dancing till dawn, and when they'd drain the innkeeper's bottles and barrels dry, Zdenek would wake up the owner of the grocery store, buy a whole basketful of jars, and pass them out as gifts to all the old women and men. He paid not only for everything they drank in the pub, but for all the jams and jellies and everything he'd given away. Then, when he finally spent everything, he'd laugh and was satisfied. At that point, his favorite trick was to pat his pockets looking for matches, then he'd borrow twenty hellers from someone, buy matches , and light his cigarette. Then we'd drive off with the musicians still playing for us, and if there was time, Zdenek would buy up all the flowers in the flower shop and scatter carnations, roses, and chrysanthemums.

The musicians would follow us to the edge of the village, and the automobile, garlanded with flowers, would take us back to the Hotel Tichota, because that day, or rather that night was our day off.”


Anonymous said...

keep posting
keep inspiring
sharing these bits of your soul

Unknown said...

If only you read this blog aloud, and the Hrabal passage...

I like that you see inspiration everywhere. This blog is a fountain-- Billy Barnett is The GUYser!

Just wanted to support you with some studies on how ultrarunning is good, before the race you are most famous for ☺️
if I may?

1. Ultra-Endurance Athletes Have Biological Ages Averaging 16 Years Younger

2. "Ultrarunners, he said, spend a lot of time at 50 to 65 percent of their maximum heart rate...This is probably a main reason heart problems show up less often during ultras than in marathons..."

3. Running Grows New Cartilage For Knees

Got a Garmin a couple days ago. My resting heart rate is now 45 (low bc i'm a yogi, not bc i'm a full athlete yet), and i break into smiles running, bc of how magical it was when you showed me how to do it ๐Ÿ’›

Garmin says my Vo2Max is in the top 5% for a 20-year girl, haha. (51 Vo2max. I'm increasing it) I'm slowing myself down to sub-145 bpm speed.

Mainly, running has helped me get around more like Forest Gump, the sequel.

Wishing you well. Congrats on your 2019 ๐Ÿ️๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒ‹ win

*scatters carnations, roses, and crysanthemums*

Unknown said...

PS updating my progress briefly as you are the one who showed me how to do. ๐Ÿ‘ณ‍♂️
Thinking of longer races as you suggested. Did an easy training run 10k at 53:40 per my Garmin. For a female that would place me finishing around top 5?

I'm only 4 months into learning this, so I'm aiming ๐Ÿน A LOT lower. Time drops almost every day. Running 40 miles per week right now (10% increase a week since starting at 6 miles per week) & take 1 day off per month.
Best wishes to my inspiration

Unknown said...

PS Congrats on winning๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ da Hilo International Marathon 2019 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿธ

Anonymous said...

Time for an update! ๐Ÿ˜Š