The Logic of Long Distance
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• Return to kicking my own ass by 2018
She was not strong. She was valiant. Radiant. Brave and broken. The beauty she discovered in the aftermath was unparalleled to anything she had known before, because it had come at such a cost.
Why is it that we can run so much faster in races than we do in training?
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Alright, so maybe I was being a cheeseball when starting this post...
3. There is a healthy feeling of strife. I'm talking about competition. Most of the time when I'm at odds with my wife, my peers, my friends, my fellow drivers, the tension between us feels unhealthy (see Mike's description of the adult soccer league on another thread). We experience strife between ourselves and the world on a daily basis. The competition of a race allows us to embrace that strife, to make it our own. In a race, it's okay to be faster. It's okay to beat others. It's okay to be beaten. This is a rare occurrence in contemporary life--we can be at one with strife.
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Races are simple when done right. Good races just happen to us--we don't produce them. And maybe that's because in a race it's okay to let yourself go a bit, to drop for a few minutes all your compulsions, to quit trying to control all the details. For a few moments, it's all about something as simple as letting yourself go, letting your feet fly. Running.
Roads were made for journeys...