Archive for January 1st, 2009

Ask anyone who has ever been there, it speaks a truth that is beautiful and terrifying at the same time.  It is beautiful because everything just works and you can’t do anything wrong.  It’s like time stops or slows down enough you notice your own breath and hear a fly in the distance.  It is terrifying because once you get there you never want to let go.

In running, it can happen with a perfectly-executed plan.  Or when running trails as if you are flying and watching yourself jump in boundless leaps across streams and big boulders.  It can happen when you are giving it your all, but your body doesn’t want to stop.  The finish line seems like a betrayal, and you stand there dumbfounded and don’t know what to do.

It is something that happens mostly with hard work and practice.  Sure, the talented among us can probably bolt into it without a second thought.  For most of us, it forms a goal which is never spoken.  You get into competition for more concrete purposes, and soar into the air when you achieve your purposes within the zone.

Look for it always.  But don’t work towards it.  The surprise of being in the zone is worth all the peripheral work that goes into it.  Trust me.  You’ll love it!


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My short answer is–stomach issues.

I can put up with pain much better than I can handle stomach issues.   It might be different for you.

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