Primal Time

Although my schedule only permitted me to run 6 out of 7 days this week I still hit 102 miles. The melting snow and ice are giving me enough traction to get faster. I remember Scott Rowe telling me that 100 mile weeks are different. It is true.I can’t explain why but there is a distinct change in my spirit and body when I run 100 miles or more within a week. It’s as if the past and future no longer exist and all that matters is the ground beneath my feet and the air that I am breathing. All of the trivial things in life just fall away. It feels primal. I become aware of my bones, muscles and internal organs working together like the most brilliant machine on Earth. My only purpose is to move forward.

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About Jessica Goldman

An underdog runner
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2 Responses to Primal Time

  1. Cory says:

    Good post! Though I really can’t imagine running more than 5 miles at a time, I think I know what you mean. When I consistently get to go to my Jiu Jitsu classes, there is a real change. Even if we are just doing 3 or 5 minute rounds, during those minutes I am 100% focused on what’s going on. Martial arts is one of the few things that can get that single-minded focus from me. I guess that’s why some folks call aspects of sport ‘active meditation’.

    • True that my friend, most people think that you need to sit on a pile of pillows or do yoga with smudge sticks to meditate but I think that the focus and visualization involved in many physical activities have the same purpose..just a different path.

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