When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Monday, January 09, 2006
Do I ever keep my promise to myself?
On another not, I went to high school today to meet with a track coach, and he is a sweetheart. He knows what WS100 is, and a couple of local ultra guys (who are also fast...). He is also a friend of my chiropractor, who is my friend as well and who runs with local x-country team kids on their off-days, so we had a ton to talk about. I explained to him that I once raced 800m (my proposed team is middle-distance, ha!, say it again, middle distance of 800m, as in meters), and my time was 2:57. That was also 3 years ago. The thing is, the coach has to run with the kids. At the track, for the workouts. If I have a really good day, I could pull 3:30 800s, may be 5 of them. Or 4:20 1000s (at least I did before WS100 last summer). That would be the slowest group here...what he said is no problemo, he's got teens that slow (hmmm, that sounds very...encouraging). However, he is in awe at the distances I do (Coach: "On the weekend I do a long run of 6-9 miles", I: "Cool!! Change it to hrs, and we are set!" It's a joke) and we seemed to have a mutual attraction. He will give me a call tomorrow after he talks to other applicants. I assured him that kids' interest should be priority, and if someone be is better qualified (he said he had interviewed dorks worse than me), than I'd be willing to volunteer and learn the basics anyways. I am so psyched and scared of this opportunity!!! The closest I ever came was teaching Bikram yoga for 2 years in NY as a side job (passion more, but it was 4-6 classes a week, and I absolutely loved it!).
OK, that would be it for today...no, I promised a few passages from the book of Dr. George Sheehan.
Wisdom is meaningless unless our own experience gives it meaning.
When I began running, I rewrote mi life story. It has become a biography of pain. I have made a career of suffering...I developed every runner's injury in a books, and some that weren't.
US is the best place to be if you’re sick - but one of the last places to be if you wish to remain well.
You should never do anything merely because it is good for you...Long distance runners...develop contemplation on solitary runs, art of conversation on a run with a friend, sense of community, agony and relaxation for the race, and maximum physical capabilities, helping find maximum spiritual and intellectual potential.
Play is the key. We all love to play. We should be in sports not because they are practical, but because they are not., not because we feel better but because we don't care how we feel, not to increase fitness but because we're so interested we don't even notice.
A man of world of brilliant words...life or running.