"Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense."
- David Blaikie

Friday, April 1, 2011

Waiting for the Barkley Start

"When your body starts to betray you and you feel totally defeated mentally, remember this: You are not this body. You are not these thoughts. You are a beautiful and perfect soul deeply connected to a much larger universe. And running five loops at Barkley is but a drop in the ocean of all of the Self's potential achievements. So. You will keep going.

Try, as best you can, not to identify with the body or with the thoughts. Get connected to something much, much bigger than the small self. Let the mind empty of everything else."



Ed Ayres said...

I love the quote. If you ever find out who said that, I hope you'll let us know. Good luck with Barkley, even if luck doesn't have anything to do with it.

Ed Ayres

Tiffany Guerra said...

I love this quote too. Excellent work on the Barkley this weekend - I look forward to your report. I love what you say here about how to disconnect from what your body and mind is telling you during these races... I have been able to do that form moments in races but not always steadily, unfortunately. I will try again with this quote in mind next time.