Facing Your Fears and Living the Questions

When it comes to running/endurance sports/racing, all of us are afraid of something.  Whether it’s covering the distance, going a certain speed or competing in a certain type of event.  Not everyone can say they have the courage to overcome inertia, tackle their fears, train hard and succeed.

Kara is a bad a$$ runner who faced her fears this weekend, running her first ever 50 mile race.  She smashed her goal, finishing in 9 hours 26 minutes.  Congrats to Kara!

Life is the same way.  We’re all afraid of something.  And not everyone can say they have the courage to overcome inertia and tackle their fears.  This week, I can say that I did.  It’s a work in progress, with more questions than answers.

My mom sent me this poem this week:

 “. . . have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.  Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. Perhaps you do carry within you the possibility of creating and forming, as an especially blessed and pure way of living; train yourself for that — but take whatever comes, with great trust, and as long as it comes out of your will, out of some need of your innermost self, then take it upon yourself.”

–Rainer Maria Rilke, from “Letters to a Young Poet”

Very fitting for me this week.

Morning run in the first snow – so peaceful!

This week was a decent training week, with 35 miles of running, pilates 3 times and biking 35 minutes.  Life got in the way of me having a long run, but I’m ok with that.

Moving forward, to live the questions.

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