To Run or Not to Run
I just finished this book. It's about a guy who runs Ultra Marathons, he's actually quite a wild man and very, very tough. Does pushing your body to the ultimate limits verge on insanity? I actually found the book very inspirational. It was a quick read with quite a few funny anecdotes.
I remember about 3-4 years ago, when I was I Seattle, stepping into a running store with Deme and wanting to replace my running shoes. He was training for the NY Marathon and I was going to pick up running for the 4th time. Time and time again, when I have felt sluggish or when I have wanted to give my body a quick boost, I have started running. At the gym my standard was 3 miles in about 30-35 minutes, a bit of a medium to slow jog but just the right pace for me.
As I tried on pair after pair of shoes, the salesman asked me how far did I run and how often. I replied about 3-4 miles, 2-3 times a week. I told him I have never tried to go farther and this was my limit. He said nonsense and asked me what would happen if I ran longer or farther. I quickly replied "I'll just die. I can't breathe."
Well that summer we ran and ran. I peaked at 2 hours and 10 miles. It was a great way to bond and spend time together. We really fell in love that summer, heading out at 7pm for cool runs in Marymoor Park, with and without the dog. I miss those days of seeing his heels flick behind him and seeing my falling waistline. Since moving to Italy I have not picked up running again, maybe I will after the baby arrives and I need a excuse to get into shape again.
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