What is an obsessive runner to do when he is forced to take a little time off from the sport he loves? Well, how about read a book by another obsessive runner? Turns out I have some extra time on my hands since I've freed up the hour or so a day it takes to get my run in. That allowed me to finish a book that's been sitting on my night stand for months.
I love to read, but I admit I don't find enough time to do it, and I can find myself working on one book for months before finishing it. That was kind of the case with 100 marathons, a book I first opened in the spring. I read a few chapters, then put it aside with the intention of finishing it 'soon'. Well, the summer passed by, and 'soon' never seemed to arrive.
Mind you, I'd much rather be out running than most other things I can think of in my regular routine. And I'd certainly rather run myself than read about someone else doing it.
But I've been trying to keep off my sore right heel, trying to let the inflammation from plantar faciitis go down, for about two weeks. It's the longest stretch I can remember in more than a decade that I've gone without running.
My body feels like it's going to revolt. My legs and the rest of my body feel fresh and ready to get out and put in some miles. My body and mind are restless. Running is really my daily therapy session. But my right foot says "NO". So I'm trying to listen for a change and commit to letting it get completely better before I get back out on the roads.
But enough of the injury report.
I discovered really interesting perspectives on running from author Jeffrey Horowitz, who is about my age, and recently finished his 100th marathon. He completed all of these in 18 years. In that same span of time, I've probably done about 20. But the joy he finds in challenging himself regularly in these races is something I can definitely relate to.
Horowitz came to the sport in his 20's. I gew up as a runner from grade school on. I was racing in high school and college. But he made up for lost time!
I suppose there might be some comparison as far as our writing is concerned as well. I write a blog, He wrote a book. Yeah, once again, I come up short!
Not only did he write a book though, but he captures much of what it is to be a runner in his writing. For many of us, it's not an activity, or even a lifestyle. It's a pretty good description of who we are. I'm a father, a journalist, and a runner. Not necessarily in that order.
One of the many passages I found memorable in his book. One at the end sticks out. It reads, "If ever I should forget who I am, and what I believe, I only need to run that path, and in my running, I will find my way back to myself and discover once again who I am."
Hope to see you back on the roads soon.................