Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Great Escape

To overcome inertia and create momentum perhaps the greatest challenge. What do we do when we just don't feel like doing much of anything? How do we escape resistance, the emotional inertia and psychological cement to forge ahead?

Running can be brainless and emotionless devoid of any productive thought. More then a release valve, running may be not only a metaphorical escape but quite literally a running away from the pressure of life to the numbing abandonment of the road. We runners learn to disregard physical pain and practice with percision the avoidance of psychic discomfort.

As with many things this too cuts both ways and can become that place of emptiness. That which protects closes us off and can be too much of the right thing misapplied. Sometimes running is the ego's way to literally get out get away, fueling the run by feeding the psyche indifference and converting the energy of anger to mechanically coast. (Sorry no picture my computer died so I'm reduced to the cell).

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