The Oddity of the Long Distance Runner

August 14, 2014 7:13 PM

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The Oddity of the Long Distance Runner

Long distance runners are a bizarre group of people to those who find comfort in stillness, pleasure in overindulgence, and reassurance in conformity. I know this because I was not always a runner. There was a time that I scoffed at runners and the strange counterculture of running. But, now I know better.

Running appears to be an activity that punishes the body and bores the mind. But runners know that those assumptions couldn't be farther from the truth. Running reveals the body's true physical form and stimulates the mind to explore ideas with abandon. When I am running, I am as close to meeting my...

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