“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable
reason to continue. Your only recourse is to
call on your spirit, which fortunately functions
independently of logic.”
- Tim Noakes: The Lore of Running
If you want to move forward you have to be ready.
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
- Steve Prefontaine
“Good things come slow, especially in distance running.”
- Bill Dellinger
“I write to find out what I think”
- Stephen King
|A section of Pre's Trail in Eugene, Oregon - Jan 2013|
“Dig deep into that inexhaustible well of grit, guts and determination.”
- Ken Chlouber, Leadville Trail 100 Founder
In running and in writing, I find the more I “do”, the better I think, feel and perform. There is of course a limit and I’m always pushing up against the limit, expanding my boundaries, refining, tweaking, breaking it down to make it whole. Our move here was the third in “recent history” in our quest to find something we’ve both been looking for and by the time graduation came in mid-December I was exhausted. My training slowed, but was never put on hold. I kept at it, week after week. Progress was slow and motivation was low, but I kept moving forward.
You could worry about tomorrow or not.
You could imagine horrible fates or garland-filled tomorrows.
None of it mattered as long as you moved,
as long as you did something.
Asking why was fine, but it wasn’t action.
Sometimes you just do things.”
- Scott Jurek
Digging deep into that place, that state of mind, the switch flips, the trick is that you never know when it is going to be flicked. One minute you’re dying and the next minute you’re at the threshold of enlightenment about to take a sip from a sacred fountain.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
This fall when I began building the blog, documenting The Experience that is The Moose Lodge, I ordered business cards for networking, to include with hard copy submissions, etc. It wasn’t a big deal, they didn’t cost that much, but they symbolized something important: taking my writing and my experience seriously. The business card had a line for a corporate motto or other related information. Puzzled, I thought “what am I all about?”.
“Isn’t a runner’s story merely a collection of experiences defined by both risk and passion? We can define risk as a willingness to embrace the unexpected, unpleasant or downright awful in exchange for a chance to feel something strong, pure and barely controllable.” - Rickey Gates, Trail Runner: Dirt, 2014 ed.
Last January I opened a new chapter in my fitness and embarked on my “Bad Ass Mother Runner” fitness routine (“BAMR” for short), modeled after an idea for a strength training circuit in Train Like a Mother and Run Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. I incorporated an easy warm-up and cool-down, with varied sets of weights and body weight exercises using the bosu, yoga ball, blocks, resistance bands, and gravity.
What I learned after finishing the Big Wild Life Marathon in 2012 was that my core wasn’t as strong as my thirst for running craved. I set to work and did daily planks in addition to the BAMR routine and regular triathlon training. Why? Because if you want to run well your core has to be strong, if you want to live well your core (values) have to be strong. Run Life From Your Core became my personal “mantra”, the fuel that keeps the engine running smooth. My core. The foundation. Building it up, to tear it down and start all over again. Training brings you to your knees, if you work hard enough and remain consistent training will grant you your wings.
One page, one mile, one plank, one day at a time.