10 Quotes that Will Change the Way You See and Treat People Today

During my competitive cross-country running days it wasn’t uncommon for me to run five miles at five o’clock in the morning and another nine miles at nine o’clock at night, five days a week.  I was competitive.  I wanted to win races.  And I was smart enough to know that if I dedicated myself to extra training, while my opponents were lounging or socializing, I would often be one step ahead of them when we crossed the finish line.

When I first started these early-morning and late-night runs, the experience was pretty overwhelming.  My body didn’t want to cooperate—it ached and cramped up.  My mind resisted—it came up with a laundry list of excuses.   And I found that the only way to consistently endure the extra training was to disassociate my mind from my body, putting my mind somewhere else while my body ran.

Over time, I became quite proficient at doing this.  I got so good at it, in fact, that I actually looked forward to running.  Because when I ran, my mind was clear, my body was in rhythm, and I was at peace with the world… especially when nobody else was around.  In the midst of what appeared to be a strenuous workout, both my mind and body were in soothingly tranquil states of being… similar to that of a deep meditation.

I don’t compete in races anymore, but I still run a few miles almost every day.  And even though I have a flexible work schedule now, I typically still run in the wee hours of the morning or fairly late at night.  Since my friends and family know I have a flexible schedule, most of them say I’m “weird” for running at such odd hours.  I’ve tried to explain to them why I do it, and how it soothes my mind and body.  But they can’t relate.  So, I’m still just a “weirdo” in their eyes.

 

10 Quotes that Will Change the Way You See and Treat People Today

 

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