The Wednesday Word from Deb Runs this month is “dazzling“. In honor of the 4th of July and in the spirit of the quote above, I thought I would give you some “dazzling” running aphorisms.
“The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky.”
This beautiful running quote is by Haruki Murakami from his book “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running“. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it, especially if you are a runner. The quote matches the theme of my blog so well – running and thinking about life. My thoughts come and go, but I remain the unchanging element. Running inspires thoughts that I explore through writing.
“Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.” – Dean Karnazes.
I think a lot of runners see running as therapy. I often feel as though have a lot of energy to dissipate, especially in the morning. When I was teaching, many of my students appreciated the patience, calmness and laid-back attitude that came from running before school, sometimes as early as 4:30 a.m. Running allows me to focus and relax. And I believe heading to the corner pub for a pint before school started would probably have been frowned on by my administrators.
“Crossing the starting line may be an act of courage, but crossing the finish line is an act of faith. Faith is what keeps us going when nothing else will. Faith is the emotion that will give you victory over your past, the demons in your soul, and all of those voices that tell you what you can and cannot do and can and cannot be.” – John Bingham
In this quote John “The Penguin” Bingham is talking specifically about marathoning, but I believe it applies to other races as well. When I sign up for a race and get to the starting line, there is usually a rush of excitement and a shot of adrenaline. It takes courage to believe that you can accomplish a difficult task, which is why we can sign up for challenging races. Faith is what allows you to actually get it done. Faith in your ability, your training, your body and your mental game allows us to persevere and cross that finish line.
The final aphorism, by Chris McDougal from his book Born to Run, needs no explanation to anyone who has ever done this.
“If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.”