Oh, The Places I Run

said on July 20th, 2012 filed under: Running and Hiking trails, Whimsy

Running is about places, the places I run.

Yes, certainly, running is about physical conditioning or mileage or racing or losing weight or setting goals or many other worthwhile benefits, but, for me, after so many years of focus on those other things, running has come down to this, the places I run, and mostly, where I run is as far away from roads and cars and ipads and email and mp3 players and, yes, people, as I can get.

When I choose my running trails I am looking, foremost, for quietude and solitude. That shouldn’t surprise you, because, you know, solitude and quietude are helpful states for spiritual practice.  Is running a spiritual practice?  Of course, but I find it easier to look at that possibility from out the corner of my eye, if you know what I mean.  It’s like night vision, better seen when you don’t look at it directly.  Hey!  Do you know what I mean?

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