Hi, Friends, Runners, and Fellow Adventurers!
This is my FIRST WEEK here, so please be patient while I figure this out! As a long-time ultrarunner, I have come to think patience is one of humankind's greatest potential strengths, but it is terribly neglected in this era of ever-greater speed and rushing in all things.
For the moment, let me just say I have been a competitive long-distance runner for 54 consecutive years and counting, and I love it as much now as I did in my first year of high-school cross-country back in 1956.
I have also come to believe that for early humans, thousands of years ago, long-distance running (as nomadic hunters) played a key role in our evolution and in the development of our unique capacities to endure, envision, and plan. I explore these themes in more depth on my website, willhumansendure.com. Here, I will just share some of the day-to-day insights I've had about the ways in which I now think that running profoundly affects our abilities to contribute to our communities as active, healthy, and responsible individuals.
In the photo, I'm nearing the 15-mile point (on the Appalachian Trail) of the JFK 50 Mile (largest ultra in the U.S.) last November. I had just taken a bad face--plant on the rocks, but recovered enough to keep going. I finished 3rd of 71 guys in the age 60-69 division. Next year I'll be 70!