Monday, August 31, 2009

Heartland Meditation and Focus

"The Edge.... There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others--the living--are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later."

- Hunter S. Thompson

An apt quote for ultrarunning in light of Erik Skaggs' acute kidney failure following his record-setting victory at the Where's Waldo 100 km.

As I venture inside 6 weeks of Heartland, I'm entering the monastic phase of training. Although my (relatively) long weekend runs are coming to an end, the final preparation is just beginning. With the race looming closer on the horizon, I'll be eating healthier, drinking more water, getting more sleep. The goal is to drop about 5 pounds of useless body fat over the next month and half, arriving in Kansas lean and ready to run.

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