I quit running long marathons last year after having discovered Spartan Races. This, plus my love of CrossFit and I quit doing the many 10, 15, 20 mile runs I was always doing. In the nine months I’ve done very little pure exercise, spending most of my time in instructor duties. Easy to start making […]Read More Running and trying not to die (or trying to live)
I use running as a metaphor for a lot of things. So I’ll start here with another one. For some reason it was on my list of things to do to run a marathon. Not sure where I got this idea or why. I think that it might have been a thought along the lines […]Read More Do the work
I started running marathons when I was 39. Before then I rarely ran, if ever. I did a marathon because it was on my bucket list of things to do. I’ve logged a lot of miles over the years and really started to hit my stride in the last 2 years. Oddly, it wasn’t until […]Read More Running in a what?
I’m a runner. More specifically, I am a marathoner. Like some marathoners, I look at my runs as where they fit in regards to a training plan. Is it a short run? A long run? A pace run? A speed run? A drill? In the three months leading up to a marathon my seriousness hits […]Read More Runners Try
What does a 2 mile run test? Your ability to run 2 miles. Does it predict who can run a marathon? No. The 2 mile run is a short burst. Likewise, stuffing your emotions, shutting them down, in order to get through an intense moment, tells only that you can shut down your emotions for […]Read More Adversity is necessary to develop strength
… for a split second. Gripping the tree trunk I slowly stood up. I wouldn’t make my goal of 4 hours, but I wouldn’t quit. I would finish. Perhaps I could still set a new PR (which is 4:09). It wasn’t over yet, neither was I. Though it hurt, though I didn’t know where I was going to get the strength to keep going, I knew that my tank was not yet empty. There was more left and I intended to mine the depths of what I had.Read More Why I Run Marathons
Running in the dark changed to a devotional practice to a belief in myself. It became much bigger than simply running a long distance. For when you think about it, who the hell wants to run 26 miles for the fun of it? But now I am chomping at the bits to do it. I want to prove to myself that I can indeed be something for someone, that I can give myself to someone.Read More Thoughts on Running: A Devotional Practice
Darkness can mean safety but also a different perspective. All the things you miss in the light, all the things you skip over in your hurry, all the things you focus on (because you are blind to its essential nature… ironic in the light) you begin to pick up on in the dark. It is in the dark that we begin to percieve (instead of only seeing) the things around you… the things within you.Read More Running in the dark