Monday, September 6, 2010
The magic of the all-night training run
Tonight I pulled an all-nighter. This one was fun! I saw three shooting stars. And they showed up at just the right time, too: just as I was questioning why I was out there in the first place, instead of at home asleep. The shooting stars made me feel like I was just where I was supposed to be. There is something very peaceful about these night runs. You are out there by yourself. That can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be a scary thing. On the one hand, it is wonderful to have some alone time, time to clear your head of the clutter of everyday reality. On the other hand, it can be a scary thing being out there alone. It can be depressing. You have to be comfortable with yourself. You have to be strong and brave. In a certain sense, you end up having to face yourself during these long runs. Your weaknesses are exposed. All secrets are revealed, as clear as the stars twinkling above your head. Try a night run. They are exhilarating.