Today was my first run in three weeks. Unlike last time, the temperature was 29 degrees, which is a big difference of 7 degrees, but I’m pretty low on fitness to begin with, so it doesn’t matter what the temperature is, I’m not speeding. It’s just fast enough to walk.

I walked and ran from around 7km, but I did 8km at least. But I am so slow… It’s like a lie that about twenty years ago I was running at about five minutes per kilometer. I used to run mountain marathons back then, and it was so exhilarating to run in the fields and mountains. I was light and free, and I felt like a deer in the woods. Now, I’ve lost muscle strength and heart and lung strength, and I’ve put on a lot of fat, so it’s hard to run.

In any case, if you don’t always talk to your body, you won’t be able to finish the race. I have always tried to understand my body’s condition and maintain it at its best, not only in running, but also in my daily life. It’s important to talk to your body and mind on a regular basis.

I don’t mind running in such a clunky outfit, because I don’t care about the public eye, but the UV rays are no thank you.

If you understand and control your body and your mind, which is directly related to your body, what condition it is in, how far it can take the load, how to recover or strengthen it… If you can understand and control your body and mind, most illnesses and injuries will heal on their own, and no medical care or medication is needed unless there is a significant problem.

When you live with these ideas for many years, you have more faith in your own body and mind, and you don’t have to worry about a few things happening to you. I rarely get anxious about food, sleep, sickness, injury, interpersonal relationships, money… every aspect of my life, and I am able to deal calmly with situations that cause me anxiety, and when I can’t deal with them alone, I have the support of trusted friends. What a blessing….

However, I know that very few people can live in the best of circumstances like this, and most people are taught to believe the experts, the media discourse, and the messages of elites rather than their own bodies and minds. The Corona mess is just the result of that.

From now on, things will get more and more difficult, but depending on whether we can trust ourselves or not… our future will be very different. How much do you trust yourself?

Originally posted on September 15, 2020

English text translated with DeepL (Japanese to English) and checked by Mina.

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