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July 24, 2012

Tuesday Attitude: Born to…

run.
“Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life…” ―Haruki Murakami

“The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else. We can enjoy every moment of movement, as long as where we are is as good as where we’d like to be. That’s not to say that you need to be satisfied forever with where you are today. But you need to honor what you’ve accomplished, rather than thinking of what’s left to be done.” ―John Bingham

“That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation…we were perfecting the art of combining our breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild terrain…You had to love running, or you wouldn’t live to love anything else. And like everyhing else we love–everything we sentimentally call our ‘passions’ and ‘desires’ it’s really an encoded ancestral necessity. We were born to run; we were born because we run. We’re all Running People, as the Tarahumara have always known.” ―Christopher McDougall

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Comments
  • Kate July 24, 2012 Reply

    This post speaks to me. I love to run for a hundred differents the least of which is exercise.

  • Scott July 24, 2012 Reply

    running=youth

  • Wicasa Yatapika July 24, 2012 Reply

    I’m not a runner. But this post speaks to me, and maybe all of us in a way that is unique and personal. The message to me is exercise in any form is really a natural extension of who we are as human beings. Running, cycling, CrossFit, or whatever it is you do are the stories, and the stories may be different but they are written in a common language. That language is the exhilaration, the focus, the effort, the confidence, the suffering, the trials and tribulations of pushing beyond yourself and breaking free from the minutiae of the daily grind to find a solace and contentment in doing what makes you feel truly alive. It is in these moments when the mind and body are elastically stretched past the modern day boundaries imposed by an existence that is, too many times filled with stress and feelings of being overwhelmed, that we find out who we really are…

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