A mountain to be climbed, a river to be rafted or a stretch of countryside to be raced on can summon up significance and power for us simply by being designated the field of adventure. Our runs in these dreamlike places bring a quickening of the spirit, a connection with the life force and a concentration of energies that give our experiences out there a heightened quality. They are a way of giving thanks to Mother Earth.
“Many athletes including weekend warriors, spend much of their time getting fit but do not pursue health with the same vigor. Many others can actually become less healthy as a result of pushing and sacrificing their bodies beyond some imaginary limit. In doing so they induce significant stress from training, or over training, poor diet or other factors rendering them less healthy. The result is an injured knee, recurrent respiratory infection, chronic fatigue and other health problems considered part of the game. But it’s not part of healthy training. These problems are indicative of an imbalance between fitness and health. One can have both good health and achieve high levels of athletic performance.”
– Dr. Phil Maffetone