The runner's high - that sought after, beautiful feeling of flow, fulfillment, contentment, and even pleasure - is so present in running media and culture, it seems as if the runner's low doesn't exist.
...Yet it's presence is continually there. It shows up in different ways - the post race blues with the unbalance of hormones and exhaustion and lack of routine. It can slide in at envy of others runs, their training schedule and ability, their social fun. It is deep in sultry pains of an ultra, when we question ourselves, who we are, why we are doing this. It's fierce when we are injured and unable to run at all. It sneaks in as a "NEED" to have another adventure, another high, and the low feeling when we can't satisfy that craving. It seems part of an addictive solution for our brain to feel happy and alive. It exists - we remember a particularly fun run/adventure/race, and we want it - again. Even right after a race, blisters still oozing on our f…
“Think now history has many
cunning passages, contrived corridors, and issues, deceives with whispering
ambitions, guides us by vanities. …The tiger springs in the
new year. Us he devours.” another new year startled us
today. somewhere between the late night meandering into a warm bed, after the
clock already struck a replayed chime marking the change of calendar (for, we
can DVR the change of year and play it in every time zone,) and after the
morning coffee, sunrise, prayers, or routines—the time has changed, and so have
we. the Wasatch is a flurry, the
new recreational pursuits settling into it as the heavy snow settles onto it.
it has been a dense year of both snow and increased use of the snow. although this mountain range
sits above a major metropolitan area, it retains pockets of wild refuge still
hidden from its’ own mountain refugees. these pockets of frozen time are still
filled with change. no man steps into the same Wasatch twice, for it is not the
same Wasatch, nor is it the…
It's been said to us climbers that what we do is dangerous, and irresponsible. How could we risk our lives like this? And distance trail running, if it compromises our health why do it? How dare we take that time away from our families? And yet, to even make mention about a different lifestyle, one of weight, obesity, and all of the very dangerous and risky components it involves is socially disgraceful, insensitive, and cruel. I bring this up only to show how much weight, in general, is not "ok" to talk about. It's a sensitive subject, even, no, especially, for those of us already at a healthy weight who use our bodies to their fullest daily...
Now, this blog is about running, ain't it? Yep. So while there's a lot of "weight" we could cover in this "weighty" area, we'll just go over one. Running.
Running and weight are intertwined. I'd like to say that this post is primarily for the ladies, because we typically store more weight t…