Thursday, 25 April 2013

In company of stoics

A word that often comes to my mind when talking about long distance runners is stoical* , I laughed one day when I heard someone say after a race "That lot are from strong stock" as though the runners were some sort of horse bred for the job.

I received a message from my frighteningly good runner friend Gemma asking me if I wanted to run ~30 miles along the North Downs Way on Sunday, I obviously said yes, if only a little perturbed that a mustang such as her would want to run with a carthorse like me. I then hear that we are to be met by David, another frighteningly good runner or bloodstock.....and I was supposed to keep up with them, these guys are awesome and can run marathons 30-40 minutes faster than me!

Then I called to my books and the philosophy of the stoics looking to Epicteus

"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best."

Yes, they are the thoroughbreds to this backyard donkey but, boy, are they great company, I just hope I can keep up with their skill so I better man up and become a little stoical.


*stoic 
Noun
A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.Adjective
Of or belonging to the Stoics or their school of philosophy.

1 comment:

  1. I have never run 30 miles in my running life (the longest were the marathons), that is a very long distance. Congrats.
    Enjoy the workout with your friends.

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