Ive read a few book that are true stories about some incredible acts of human survival, and I’ve wandered what they must have had running through their minds.
I’ve asked these questions of others and myself…
“When do you know you’re ready?”
“What happens if you fail whilst under the watchful eyes of others?”
I think I’ve reached a point where I can answer both. Oddly, it’s dawned on me not when running, but when revisiting my old hobby of Tai Chi.
How do I know that I’m ready?
It’s hard to put into to words, but in short, there’s a certain clarity to my thinking and I know that even when utterly destroyed from a previous days running that I can still move and my body will respond by becoming more fluid with each step. I know I can embrace the dark moments of doubt and use my persistent forward motion to break through them. Staying in the moment, listening to the feedback my body provides and acting as much on instinct as is possible.
Then there’s the whole issue of failure.
This is the second part of knowing you are ready. You accept failure. The Hagakura (samurai code) describes the perfect samurai mentality as one who has already accepted death. A little morbid, I agree, but I’m ready to fail, learn, train and repeat the whole thing in the following year. It is something I will keep trying till it is done and borrowing the words of Edison, I will learn 99 ways not to run 1206 miles in barefeet and one way to do it.
Enjoy your day 😊