Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A Cautionary Tale

Here is a cautionary tale, in parallel to an ancient Greek myth about Daedalus and Icarus.

The story of Icarus
Icarus's father, Daedalus, attempted to escape from exile in the palace of Knossos, Crete, where he and Icarus were imprisoned by King Minos. To escape, Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and Icarus.

Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sun or the sea ensuring he followed his path of flight. Overcome by the excitement of flying Icarus soared through the sky but in the process he flew too close to the sun which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realised that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms and so fell into the sea in the area which bears his name, the Icarian Sea.

So Dear Reader, myth meets reality for I had rested up on Sunday and Monday ensuring I stretched, iced, rested and massaged the muscle around my knee such that I was seen running up 6 flights of stairs, two at a time, with little or no pain today. My 2 mile walk the night before and my walk to and from work adding up to 3 miles caused little problems, so ignoring all warnings to the contrary I chose to run 12 miles tonight!

I am not totally insane, I had decided that the run was in three parts:
  1. To the club via the woods
  2. Run with the club
  3. To home via the woods
It was only until I got to #2 that  Daedalus (read as Michael ) warned me that I should not fly close to the sun. I chose to run gently, go home slowly and enjoy the evening with little or no pain (although I did walk up a hill to take pressure off the pulled muscle)

Icarus is not going to run too close to the Sun this week....Michael I have heeded your warning


  1. I am another Icarus and my fall was terrible.

  2. The analogy is great! I was going to fly too close to the sun but you made me think, maybe saving my chance at marathon in a few weeks. Jerry, I owe you one! :)