When I Talk About Running

People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree.
–Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

A man runs through snow after a snowstorm in the desert, near Tabuk, 1,500 km (932 miles) from Riyadh.
A man runs through snow after a snowstorm in the desert, near Tabuk, 932 miles from Riyadh.

10 thoughts on “When I Talk About Running”

  1. I haven’t been on the treadmill since last Friday…I’ve been sick as a dog (not Lucy and Louie) these past five days….as I told our friend Ex Bootneck, it started as a raging sore throat and proceeded to laryngitis …the last two days, it’s drifted on into cold/or flu territory….I’m not sure which it is but, I’m still struggling with something that usually only lasts a few days under normal circumstances but has turned into something I cannot wait to be done ….and along with that my usual good mood has suffered enormously….so you’ll all excuse me while a wander off into the sunset and try and recover my composure…..Vicks Vaporub…works well…on your chest, in your nasal passages and on your toes….k

    1. Kristen

      If you can force yourself to eat a very hot curry laced with herbs and garlic (mid afternoon), it will certainly cure your sore throat, as well as aid the uncomfortable feeling within your nasal cavity’s.

      This is serious advice from a skeptical convert.

      Having worked with ‘Johnnie Gurkha on numerous occasions it is some thing I was strongly advised to do when I went down with similar symptoms. The next day I was up and about with just a sniffle or two.

      I have used the same ‘cure’ on several occasions, each time it has had the desired effect.

      Yours Aye.

      1. Thank you for your concern Brennan…first off, I don’t like curry and my appetite only seems to languish for chicken soup (you know what Jewish mothers tend to give their sickly children)…when I’m sick like this, I can’t even think about food…I’ve been drinking tea (Constant Comment Original w/orange rind) with added honey, at least two large mugs to ease that raspy throat of mine. And the soup is just an added benefit at the end of the day….I’ve been opening up a can of soup (and I recognize from the beginning commercial soups have way too much salt in them) usually Lentil or Chicken Noodle but the idea of anything else turns my stomach, so that’s what I have been indulging in lately…I also take a number of vitamins and nutrients daily that should ease my way back to reasonably good health before long. I’ve been taking Zinc which should shorten this but it doesn’t help if you already have a cold (or whatever this thing is…the jury’s still out on that….and it is persistent). When I was a child, and I had a particularly resistant cold, my mother would put Vicks Vaporub on my neck and chest with a heated towel on the area for a short time and that would ease my breathing….she would also have me put the Vicks in my nasal passages to help with that as well….this has been helping but I still have all the discomforts …I consider myself very lucky because my resistance is such that I rarely contract a cold, the flu or any virus for years at a time, I just don’t get that sick. When I do, it is obvious I needed that reminder that contracting a cold or the flu was a bit overdue and it actually helps strengthen that resistance….oddly enough I haven’t had a flu shot since I retired from the Navy…so when I go through this experience, I’m a real pill and I apologize in advance….thank you for the advice though and the next time, I’ll give it some thought about the curry…if I’d been thinking ahead, I would have taken a few Zicam before we had the birthday party celebration almost two weeks ago which in all likelihood precipitated this disastrous event. Having a cold or the flu is a disaster for anyone who’s around me. So thanks again….k

        1. Kris: I hope you feel better. I’ve taken Zicam and can vouch for its effectiveness.
          EB: I love curry, but must go easy on it. It has a way of seeping in your pores. I had to wrestle a Pakistani man in Krav Maga class and he smelled like a curry shop. I whipped him quick and then got away from him.

  2. I believe he is an Arab sheep-herding-lady-boy (the white ladies panty hose and dark skirt are a dead give away).

    The sheep skin coat is so much in vogue, it’s this seasons must have winter accessory along with the ‘wrap around your head’ cashmere scarf… Simply to die for!

    Mark my words, you will see Madonna and other ‘celebs’ copying this dedicated follower of fashion.

    Yours Aye
    (I need to turn in I’m hallucinating)!

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