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Pushing the Limits

“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.” 
― Rumi

“Suffering is humbling. It pays to know how to get your butt kicked.”
― Christopher McDougallBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Yes, we wanted another hard run today, and were time-crunched. I sometimes ache to get up high, and today was that way. I just wanted to get high.
It was cold, and I’d been busy at meetings all day, changing from my business attire into running clothes in my Jeep. We hit it, and went hard right from the start. But this trail up is too challenging even for us. We would run, then hike, without our heart rates decreasing in any way.
So I set myself a challenge. Go. Keep going. When my body was screaming to stop, I would go; be it a few steps or a few yards. If I push past the point of suffering, I have no doubt that the point of suffering will expand with me.
Any part of the trail we could run, we did. We didn’t stop at all on the way down, and in fact increased our speed as the trail led us closer to the finish. It was hard, intentionally so, and thus satisfying. IMG_1956 IMG_1958 IMG_1961 IMG_1962 IMG_1964 IMG_1966 IMG_1967 IMG_1968
I even earned a crown: http://www.strava.com/activities/215218037
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Vantage Point

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
― Carl SaganCosmos

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
― Carl Sagan

“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.”
― Carl Sagan

Melinda and I had a lovely run/hike up to Liberty Cap, then a fast descent down Corkscrew. She’s still recovering from a bad DH crash last weekend, but did very well nonetheless.

The sunrise was a gaudy monstrosity this morning.

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I’m right, right?

Second story: I’ve “followed” this guy named Rob T. on Strava over the last year or more. He’s obviously a total hard-core runner, and biker, and I keep thinking with the kind of mileage he puts in I’ll run into him on the trail. But I haven’t.

So every time I meet a man who is out running alone I ask if his name is Rob. We met one such man this morning on our way down the trail and so I asked him, “Are you Rob?”. No. He was Evan.

But then a second man came running up. “Are you Rob?” The man says “Yeah. I’m Rob.” But it wasn’t THE Rob I was looking for. This Rob had only come into town yesterday. False alarm.

(insert laughing here)

 

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Embracing

“It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all!

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me I’m free!

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry!

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on!” -Let it Go, from Frozen

I thought I’d start with something short and challenging. Just test out my lungs. Riggs Hill.

It felt so good I drove over to Corkscrew and did that, too.

I’m recovering.

At last.

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