Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mini Mission Mission

Today: 5
Present: 50
Count: 6

In the past year, I've learned a lot about suffering. And having dipped my toe into the world of ultra marathoning, I've met people far more familiar with the concept than me.

Suffering isn't just about feeling terrible. And it's more than having the fortitude to endure pain, to push past the point where most people would stop. To run well, and long, you have to embrace the suffering, to welcome it like an old friend.

In a strange way, it's why we run. Because in pushing ourselves, in enduring the tired legs and aching body, the heaving lungs and blistering feet, we reach deep into ourselves and find out what's truly inside.

And more to the point of this blog, when you run present, you can go forever. You can always take one more step. It's only when you step back and look at the entire path that fatigue sets in.

Sometimes you go running because you're feeling bleh. Because you're hungover, or just don't have it. Some training runs are for your mind, even if its just five miles around the Mission.

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