Just me and the trail

Distance: 4 mi.

Time:  36:29

Seems that Columbia is on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule when it comes to workouts.  Yesterday, everybody was out… today… 5 people in 4 miles.  Not that I’m complaining.  I love the solitude that running provides.  And running longer distances, I love the total self reliance.  There are no excuses, you can’t fake it.  When you are 8 miles from the car, you had better be prepared and LISTENING to your body at all times.  If not, it’s a long (and usually dark) walk.  And you answer to yourself alone.  When the consequences include things like walking long distances because you hurt yourself, ran out of energy or didn’t prepare properly. Or you get blisters because you thought “these old socks will be ok”, or worse, you toss that greasy lunch you had at about mile 6 because you weren’t thinking when you ordered…  The responsibility all comes back to you.  There are only so many times you can say “that was stupid” to yourself before you start to modify your actions.  It’s too bad it isn’t that way in the rest of our lives.

And on the other side of that coin, when you have one of “those” runs where everything works, the weather is great, the people on the trail are all smiling, you blow your PB away by 2 minutes, the clouds break, the lights shine down, the angels sing, you lose 10 pounds, etc., then you get to (although sometimes we don’t) take credit for it because what you are doing is WORKING.

But the bottom line in both scenarios is that it all comes down to you.  The good and the bad.  Nobody in the office to blame it on (or take credit for it…!), it’s just you.  I think that makes me, personally, a better person.  It makes me more honest and dedicated in other parts of my life.

…it’s bewildering what I think about when there is nobody on the trail but me…  scary…


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