I went for a short trail run today slogging through the deep snow on trails. It was a beautiful day-not too cold, a bit of sunshine then a bit of snow, pretty trails, and good friends. There is a season for everything and I know that under the snow is the trail that I love so much. It will be there soon enough. The wild flowers will start to bloom, the days will get longer, and the runs will start to feel better and better.
Don't rush things is the mantra for February. Everything in it's time. The distances will lengthen like the days, the uphills will get easier, and there will be less pain as spring comes.
After getting home this afternoon I found a great link on Trail Running Soul, a great web site with videos and stories. I'm planning to run my first 100 miler this year in October at the Grindstone 100. On Trail Running Soul there is a fantastic series of six, ten minute videos, which together make up a documentary called A Race For The Soul. If you wonder why people attempt extreme things (like running 100 miles) watch this incredibly inspirational film.
Can I run 100 miles? I don't know. I know that I have to try. I need to do something epic in my life and running 100 miles is certainly pushing the limits of what is possible for me. (Especially at 51 years)
The question is.....How bad do I want it?
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