Here’s a short video about trail running and ultra-distance runner Jim Walmsley called “The Distance”.
It looks good to be out there running in the woods.
I’m not sure about running 100 miles, though.
I had a dream last night that I was going to run a half marathon.
In my dream, I was lining up with accomplished runners and friends, shifting from side to side, feeling the stones in my shoes.
I knew that I shouldn’t start off on a journey like a half marathon with stones in my shoes, so I took the shoes off and emptied them out.
When I looked down again, I realized that the shoes that were uncomfortable only moments before were now non-existent.
They weren’t in my hands and they weren’t on my feet.
I looked for a pair of shoes to borrow when I couldn’t find mine, but couldn’t find any.
That’s when I woke up.
Maybe it’s all a commentary on preparation and making excuses?
I have shoes.
I know how to empty out the rocks.
I know how to run.
So….what’s the excuse?
In my dream, I hadn’t trained for the run at all.
I was going to go out and just run this thing without getting ready.
That sounds kind of typical.
If my preparations aren’t a dodge and a way to avoid committing, they’re woefully under developed.
I once almost started a road trip with a nail in my tire.
The car was a Dodge.
I don’t know if there’s any correlation.
I think that if you let your preparations become the activity, and the preparations keep you from doing the thing you’re preparing for, you’re going to miss out on a lot.
This is a good short film.
I know how to empty the stones from my shoes.
I can do that much, at least.