Born to Run

May 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall may have been the most random, and best, book on my reading list. It was fantastic, and here’s a bunch of fantastic quotes from it. I think the philosophy behind successful ultra running can be easily applied to any other activity.  I’ve been running more, and recently I committed to a half marathon training program for the first half of the summer. After that, maybe a marathon. Long distance running appeals to be largely because of the mental discipline involved, something I really, really need to cultivate. I love the idea of the ‘wall’ and that you can ‘break through’ your limits to accomplish the unthinkable. Maybe if we all learned this kind of mental discipline, and lived with the goal of ‘breaking through’ we could find solutions for all kinds of problems much more easily. Maybe.

Anyway, quotes! Motivation Motivation Motivation.

“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…You had to love running, or you wouldn’t love anything else. We’re all Running People.”

“There’s some kind of connection between the capacity to love and the capacity to love running. The engineering was certainly the same: both depended on loosening your grip on your own desires, putting aside what you wanted and appreciating what you got, being patient and unforgiving and undemanding…We wouldn’t be alive without love; we wouldn’t have survived without running; maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that getting better at one could make you better at the other.”

“When I’m on a long run, the only thing in the world that matters is finishing the run. For once, my brain isn’t going blehblehbleh all the time. Everything just quiets down, and the only thing going on is pure flow. Its just me and the movement and the motion.” [Jenn Shelton]

and another one, but not from the book, from my friend Zu’s twitter, from some triathalete:

“Obsessed is a word the unmotivated use to describe the dedicated.”

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