Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human

I want to be able to keep running as free and democratic as possible. I run because it gives me far too much that I couldn’t possibly not. It makes us more intelligent, de-stresses us, and makes us fitter. It gets us away from technology, allows our brains to rest, and encourages creativity. Running can be all that.

Running is not just a sport. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/running-books-jogging-health-science/

Ultra running

“Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of spaceships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being – a call that asks who they are …” – David Blaikie

Stars

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

The everyday eternal

https://youtu.be/w78uXXVsO4Y

The distance runner is mysteriously reconciling the separations of body and mind, of pain and pleasure, of the conscious and the unconscious. He is repairing the rent, and healing the wound in his divided self. He has found a way to make the ordinary extraordinary; the commonplace unique; the everyday eternal. Dr George Sheehan

JaBig: Help Replace Stolen Items

The mixes from JaBig compagnon me on several long runs. Great tracks, mixes, good tempo for running. On his  incredible bid to ride across Canada on a fixie all of his worldly possessions were stolen today while in Halton, ON.  His bike, his laptop that is so necessary for DJ’ing, his passport… You get the picture.  Help him with a donation.

https://www.gofundme.com/2hq49zyy