Monday Meditation: The Long Way

22 Apr

This week’s meditation seemed fitting after trying to explain what it’s like to train for a half marathon or to get to a point where you enjoy long runs:

“Runners are not elitists in general. They welcome all manner of persons to their sport. But they are elitist in this respect: they see only one way to run, and that is the long way. The long way means putting in the time. It means spending an inordinate amount of your waking hours alone or with other similarly afflicted souls, pounding the pavement. It means coping with a variety of aches and pains and small physical indignities to achieve a greater sense of health and well-being. There is only one way to happiness in running, and that is the long way. There are no shortcuts. Take the long way to happiness in running, and you’ll be sure to find it.”

– Kevin Nelson, The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration

I’m sure we have all had that moment in training where we wish we could just fast forward to the day where our endurance is at its peak and the hardest workouts were over. Once we come down from that grand delusion, we recognize that putting in the time is the only way to achieve our goals.

Through the long miles, hill repeats, double run days and track workouts we are not only building up speed or distances, we are cultivating a certain peace within ourselves that endures far beyond the miles.

Endurance runloving

Happy running 🙂

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5 Responses to “Monday Meditation: The Long Way”

  1. Sarah Christine April 23, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Thank you for this! I’m looking forward to my runs becoming longer, not because of the runs themselves, but the feeling I will experience after the run.

  2. Amanda April 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    I loooove this. I’m definitely getting to the point where short runs kind of stink because it takes my legs a while to really loosen up. I always sort of felt that way, but now I really get it. Running long takes a lot of work, but it’s so beyond worth it.

    • Nikki April 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      I agree! I feel like anything under 4 miles is too short for me now.

  3. Diana April 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Yesterday, I had on a shirt that says “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” Your post reminds me of that. There are no shortcuts – and, really, why would you want to short change yourself? (Using the general “you” there, not YOU. LOL)

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