“Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself.” ~Thomas Merton
Any long term runner understands that one single run neither makes nor breaks training, although the line can be thin between a focus on consistency and a bout of neglect. The day of racing itself is a singular chance for things to come together as planned and to celebrate the rewards of the time and effort of training. Sudden illness, a rolled ankle or accidental tumble, a wrong turn, unexpected weather…many things can make this one day quickly trend towards the opposite of the positive visualizations a runner tries to build leading into race day.
A personal best all the way down to the worst case race scenarios never take away from the rightness (the truth) of running though. No other physical pursuit feels quite as true as running. The calm of slow easy miles to the hypnosis of sinking into fatigue and higher effort, there is no escaping the rightness of running. Running has an integrity that is hard to find in many other places. The runner is tired or energetic, fit or on their way (or sometimes not close at all), flowing or struggling. In each mile there is no escaping the weather, the surroundings, the company. Luckily, most of this can be predetermined with a little planning and luck, and that’s what today brought.
Sharing miles once again with Chris, as we have for years now, and getting out to another stunning alpine run, there was no question the rightness of the morning. It was distinctly and genuinely what it was, and luckily today, that meant a steady and rejuvenating meditation with uplifting company. No charades, no deception, no mask, no barrier.
It was running.
~Get out and get after it. Happy Running Ya’ll.~