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Shut up and run!

June 9, 2016

1 - ShutUpAndRun-WebsiteImage “Shut Up and Run[i] will inspire and connect with anyone and everyone who reads it. Through Robin’s unique perspective, she will motivate you to find the time for yourself and to put away any excuses holding you back.” (—Kara Goucher, American long-distance runner and Olympic medal winner)

Summary of this week’s Parsha Barmidbar from

In the Sinai Desert, G‑d says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts 603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary, replacing the firstborn, whose number they approximated, who were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel “ransom” to redeem themselves.

When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary’s vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary’s entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons.

Beyond the Levite circle, the twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad (45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400). This formation was kept also while traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own flag with its tribal color and emblem.


I am currently listening to a Rich Roll Podcast[ii] with Robin Arzon. She is an amazing lady with such a great attitude and #swagger.

But what does Shut up and run mean? I think it means making a choice to change and/or to overcome our bad inclination (Yetza Hara). (Robin calls it the “Internal hater“).

She believes in the mantra: We “SWEAT WITH SWAGGER” on the streets of our cities; and we never sacrifice style for function. Fueled by the ethos that there is no finish line, Robin’s life’s mission – redefine, reform, and rethink possibility through movement.

Rich Roll says “mood follows action

To make change and to become a distance runner takes time. The 49 Days between Pesach and Shavuot allows us time to work on ourselves. In Rabbi Chanan’s weekly Shiur he explains that it is a slow process.

In an article[iii] on  it describes – The growth that occurs during this time is akin to a marathon. We pace ourselves and seek to improve day by day until we reach the day that we again receive the Torah. In this process, we look deep within ourselves and work on all of our negative attributes. If we are challenged in the realm of acts of kindness, we go out of our way to do more charitable works. If we are lacking in the area of justice, we hold ourselves to the highest possible standards and are exacting and demanding in our personal behavior and habits. And so it goes for all of our traits.

This week one of the greatest sportsmen Muhammad Ali passed away. One of his greatest character traits was how he lived by his beliefs and how he changed over time to become such a humble human being. How from throwing away his Olympic Gold Medal, to become a symbol of the Games. Many of his quotes have been shared over the last week.

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 20 years of his life.” Muhammad Ali

He once said “don’t look down on those who look up to you”. From Ali we learnt lessons on greatness, faith, work and activism. But to achieve this took lots of work … The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights”. Muhammad Ali

People can change. Look at Triathlete Gwen Jorgensen who chats with Forbes[iv] about her path from tax accountant to Olympic favorite.

1 - TaralgonI used to run, but really not much. Cross country at school was my worst activity. The podiatrist I went to said I should not run more than 8-10kms. As I started to enjoy it more I built up my mileage. On Sunday running my 1st official marathon in Taralgon, I thought to myself when I crossed the line “I am a marathoner“. Look I only entered 3 days before as I could not decide if I had an injury, but watching the state of origin I noticed players with strapped ankles and I thought “shut up and run!”

PS – Thanks Aubrey – It was a “team effort” going under 3:30. Needed the support on a wet and muddy day and great to have company. Thanks also to TEAM Bears – Hilton, Malcolm and Willy.

In a recent post Joe Friel said “The pre-race routine should always be the same, no matter where you are or how important the event is.”

I am not sure. I think improvements can be made. Over the years I changed from white to brown bread and from jam to honey, but for my Marathon Loren suggested not having toast and honey, but rather having toast with egg, vegemite and avo. Idea was rather have savoury flavour as use gels in run and to get some protein. I think it worked pretty well as I felt fairy full for at least 1st hour of run even though had eaten 3 hours prior to the run. Improvements can be made to pre run and run nutrition!

Even in the world of professional sport there are changes that have been made over the years there will be more ….

Yup it’s true. As long as I stay healthy I want to race against the men in my final season…fingers crossed! ” – Skier Lindsey Vonn[v]

We all have traits that need improvement, but it takes time ..”Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you’re waiting.”

“I so believe in unchecking all the boxes and then creating your own or just living in that fluid space where you’re redefining yourself everyday.” – ROBIN ARZÓN

To end a quote from Andy Puddicombe of Headspace fame who is a meditation and mindfulness expert. Yip still battling to get into meditation??? – “reading & talking about meditation can all serve to inspire, but only through practice do we witness genuine change. #take10today “

[i] Title of Robin Arzon’s book – Shut Up and Run: How to Get Up, Lace Up, and Sweat with Swagger






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  1. Martina permalink

    You are a marathoner – congratulations Ian!!

  2. Mom permalink

    Wow Ian, impressive. Loved the blog &I all the quotes. Well done!

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