Friday, June 24, 2011
What Running Can Be
The other day I mentioned Dr.George Sheehan while posting a quote by Joe Henderson. Sheehan was a runner,physician,writer and philosopher who provided some great insights into running.Most importantly though,the man loved to run. His book,Running and Being, is a classic which should be read by everyone who lives for the run.I would encourage anyone who hasn't read it to pick up a copy.What follows is a quote that reminds us that racing is not the be all, end all, to the running experience. He wrote: "For every runner who tours the world running marathons,there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain,and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight. For them,sport is not a test but a therapy,not a trial but a reward,not a question but an answer." May all of us recognize the profound truth in the above quote.