Running: Furthermore…

I stopped running to step onto the slanting log bridge over the creek.  As I crossed in a light-headed wobble the trees and rocks of the world continued to slide past at running pace,  indoctrinated during the last 27 miles of movement.   A new dimension of I-less striving opened up when running resumed, the soreness and meditation pushing mind/body into a state where the trail, lake, and trees almost willed the action of themselves; body and world, pain and thought, sensation and rain– no longer separate, erupted in unified being.   Uphill running was soon beyond the push left in each step, so long walking strides took its place.  After much anticipation I emerged from the dark close forest to gravel downhill road with only a mile and a half remaining.  With pure endorphin blood and legs like hypersensitive wooden pegs, I ran laughing to stop.  The Baker Lake Dam’s speed bumps took all the mental acuteness remaining to me to overcome.  I finished, wobbled to a chair, and sat vacantly staring–every blink creating a sparkling aura of light around all.    50 K.  4 hours, 51 minutes, and 50 seconds.  First Ultramarathon.


“There is a feeling of the ground holding you up, and of hills lifting you when you climb them.  Air breathes itself in and out of your lungs, and instead of looking and listening, light and sound come to you on their own.  Eyes see and ears hear as wind blows and water flows.  All space becomes your mind.  Time carries you along like a river, but never flows out of the present: the more it goes, the more it stays, and you no longer have to fight or kill it.”

“Furthermore, running is not something other than myself, which I (the organism) do.  For the organism is sometimes a running process, sometimes a standing process, sometimes a sleeping process, and so on, and in each instance the “cause” of the behavior is the situation as a whole, the organism/environment.  Indeed, it would be best to drop the idea of causality and use instead the idea of relativity.”

-Alan Watts

~ by Scott Hamilton Peters on October 23, 2011.

One Response to “Running: Furthermore…”

  1. That’s a great time! Congrats. Ultras are painfully addictive beware.

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