Thursday, November 13, 2014

Running and Addiction

The question "Is (ultra) running an addiction?" is a moot one. This so aptly and beautifully sums it up:


In a way, running is like an art. The movement of my body running through the trees, over rocks and splashing through creeks has let me see my own beauty and strength. Before, I had trouble seeing my body this way. It was always being judged, and ultimately found profoundly lacking. Now, as I run through the woods I feel a connectedness to the life around me, to the breeze in my hair, to birds singing in the trees and even to the other sweaty bodies I sometimes run with. I am part of the bigger picture. I am part of the extraordinary, complicated and yet simple work of art the Creator continually strokes with Her light and brilliance.
I may be wrong, but I believe it’s something like that that draws in my former drug, alcohol, sex and food addicted friends. It is not that we have covered up one addiction with another, but that we have gone from something to cover up the misery in our lives to fully loving and experiencing life through our desire to be free in the act of moving our bodies amidst and among mother nature’s wonders. In essence, our addiction is not to running, but to living.
- "Running: Just another addiction?" by Rachel Nypaver

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Burning Man Ultra

I first went to Burning Man in August 1999. I went back in 2001 and 2002. Since then trail running has boomed and I have to say that the camaraderie, the sense of craziness, the quirky fun characters competing in them remind of the spirit of Burning Man.

So I'm not surprised to find out that a 50k run has been organized there now for several years. I did run while I was there since I had my first ultra - actually my first race ever - coming up a few months later, the Marathon des Sables. But there was no 50k to compete in back then...

If ever I needed a reason for returning... 


Watch a great video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yJFlonJ8hs