On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy holidays!

It's Christmas Eve!!  And you're reading a running blog?  Go out, take advantage of last minute sales, eat some more holiday cookies, spend time with your family!  Actually, given that list of choices, I think I will go read some running blogs, too.  I'm over the shopping, the excessive food, and (frankly) some members of my family already.  (Just kidding, family!)  I think I'll go running instead.

I'm celebrating and traveling over the next few days - and, of course, running (it's basically a holiday tradition around here).  In the meantime, I'd suggest you check out Sara's blog, in which she is spending the next few days (the last days of the year) counting down the top 10 moments in running this year.  Sara is a journalist.  She recently wrote this article, in fact, as part of a series for Smart Money (the article is intended for lay people, so chance are good it won't tell you anything you don't already know - but it's interesting nonetheless).

Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to head out for a run.  Watch for black ice if you're about to do the same.

And - happy holidays.


  1. Happy holidays! I'm glad we hooked up this year and I know you got me to go running when I just wanted to stay home.

    To many more runs in the New York!