“I never started running to answer questions about the meaning of life. Yet while running, that drumming, body-roving on trails and tracks. through time and space …”
That’s how Chapter 8 of Mystical Miles starts.
That’s how the writing of the book started.
I wanted to make sense of what had happened after I started running to stop myself decaying into beer-drinking and pontificating about life, politics and more.
There was no doubt I had changed. I’d started with the idea of just running and the fantasy of running the ~89km Comrades Marathon, a kind of standard here in South Africa. I then ran 11 of those marathons, and later more plus a whole lot of runs unimaginable when I was starting out.
But writing did more too. I had no idea when I started writing how the book would turn out; that thinking and writing about running would impact my running. It did that too.
As I understood more of what I liked about running, what it did for me, I could focus my running, go deeper and get still more out of running – without taking anything from anyone else.
And still I run and still I get more.
“Mystical Miles” an idea forged in running: Running is more than sweat, grunt, blisters, times, records and distances; running is unimaginably, immeasurably more. It’s easy enough to run in More.
The story of the discovery and exploration of the more of running is told in the book:
Mystical Miles -The 2nd Dimension of Running.
More about the book and how to get it here.
The Blog on this website is part of the ongoing exploration of the More, the richness and riches of running.
The more comes from running from the accumulations of running from all the training, racing short and ultra-marathon long; from running the run in, through, under: sunrises, rainbows, alone and with others; from the robustness, resilience and responsiveness running generates; from running outer tracks and trails, roads and beaches, and from inner paths, clearing inner tangles, opening mind and body to all of what is around us.
The more of running comes, you see, from all of running.
“As I tie my laces, pull up my shorts, I have already begun to change, a bud beginning to open.” Mystical Miles