Watching the Boston Marathon this year reminded me that a great distance runners is a gambler.
When Worknesh Degefa decided to break from the field at mile 12, it was certainly a gamble. When I say break, I don't mean she was 100 yards ahead with the chase pack staring at her back. She was out of sight, at one point more than 3 minutes ahead of the next runner. Her gamble came from the fact that there was still more than half the race to run. Betting that you are going to smoke a pack of elite runners that early on and hold the lead for the next 13-plus miles is a risk that could place you on the podium or put you in the ER.
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Trail running like life is an individual journey
Humans are inherently insular creatures.
Even though we are social animals we live separately, each of us isolated as we step through life. We share time with one another, but that time shared together is shared alone. You may stand next to a longtime partner watching the same sunset on the same beach holding hands, but what each takes from that experience will differ.
In recalling the experience we make it sound like we shared the same thing, but that’s a false perception. Since none of us share the same eyes to see, nose and ears to smell and hear or mind taking it in to make sense of it all there is no way we can share the same experiences.
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