Obsessed Runner Blog
4.1.20 - Yes, you can, (A break from the COVID emails ...)
In 1980, my new bride and I were sitting on our couch watching The Ironman Triathlon on the Wild World of Sport. I could only imagine what these athletes were thinking as they lined up in the water waiting for the starting cannon to fire, knowing what a long and painful day was before them. When the show ended, my wife turned to me and said, I could do that... we should do that. I said nothing, my head needed time to process the comment. She was serious. My wife swam in college and had become a solid runner, we biked but not too seriously, just a long charity ride or two. I said, OK. Immediately, I knew this was a big deal, I had no idea how much that two letter response would change our lives forever, and no longer did I have to wonder what it was like to hear that starting cannon in Kona. Our world may seem small today, make a big plan.
Just say OK,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, missing lining up with all of you.
Last night I escaped the COVID 19 world for a bit as I was transported to the front of the pack of the 2010 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run by watching the movie "Unbreakable", on youtube.com. Upbeat, motivational movies and books can change a negative thought pattern to one of hope and wonder. Seeing what the human spirit is capable of might give us the push needed to reach our potential. Vegan athletes, the best long distance runners in the world, who run 150 to 200 mile weeks up and down mountains, alone in the wilderness, have incredible insight, not unlike cloistered monks or gurus, and they share them in this movie. A common thread was leaving structured training behind and trusting long hard miles with thousands of feet of climb on rocky rooted trails, letting the run teach us the way.
Let's use this time to grow,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner on life's journey.
As runners, we are trained for adversity, these are hard days but for most of us who are not fighting the virus, not life or death, just tough. There are a lot books centered on World War Two on the best seller's lists these days. Staying home, with the heat on and a fridge full of food, compared to hiding in a freezing attic with almost nothing for months on end, with the enemy just outside, helps put things in perspective. That said, once again, the value of today's run is inversely proportional to the stock market, a solid investment, get out there.
Things are tough, you are tougher,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, whose morning run is still paying interest late in the day.
PS: The Crew at RF Events are hard at work, creating creative ways to lessen the frustration we all have from cancelled events. This NY Times article explains our pain well. https://static.nytimes.com/email-content/RU_sample.html