How to Suffer

“People think I’m crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.” 
― Dean KarnazesUltramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

I wanted another hard workout today. So we started at the LL TH and ran up. Up. Up. Up. I had one goal in mind: don’t stop on the climbs. If I had to take tiny baby running steps, I was still going to run up the hills.

We ended up doing “only” about 6 miles, but it was a steep ascent up to the Eagle’s nest, then a straight drop down Free Lunch and Tabeguache. When we were done, I was tired. I felt like I had really worked hard.

Running is great, and I do still get a workout; but when I want a real challenge, a painful, exhausting experience, I run.

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