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Wayne Post
  • On the Run: "Far" is measured in effort, not distance

  • How far is far? Well, I guess that depends on what your definition of "is" is, or how you rationalize the term in front of a grand jury. Regardless of the definition, far is certainly a relative term.

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  • How far is far? Well, I guess that depends on what your definition of "is" is, or how you rationalize the term in front of a grand jury. Regardless of the definition, far is certainly a relative term.
    People throw it around today like it's nothing. Before the Lilac 10K, my daughter asked me, "Mom, how far are you running today?" I answered with something like, “It’s just 6 miles."
    Just 6.2 miles.
    Which, compared to the little race at the end of October that I’m registered for, is 20 miles less. Maybe it’s just a case of the nerves, but mileage has been on my mind a lot lately.
    This weekend, as I turned on to Cooley Road headed back to Brighton from Canandaigua, I thought to myself, in a few months I won’t be driving this — I’ll be running this.
    Canandaigua to Brighton. Think about how far that is.
    Head up Cooley Road, turn on New Michigan Road, turn on 444, up Route 96 through Victor, past Eastview Mall, through Bushnell’s Basin, along the canal, through Pittsford and up Monroe Avenue past Mario’s to the 12 Corners in Brighton.
    Now that’s far.
    So why do I run, and why do millions of others? What’s wrong with us?
    And why do some people run to extremes? As if running a marathon isn’t enough, there’s now ultramarathons! Is it to experience moments of sanity and serenity, for the health benefits or just to achieve the fabled runner’s high?
    When I read the book ‘Run: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss’ by Dean Karnazes, I gained a little insight as to why someone would run more than a marathon.
    Adrenaline and addiction pretty much sums it up, but it’s still worth the read. Reminiscent of a Bill Bryson book, I read about Dean’s struggles at Badwater, an ultramarathon across Death Valley and how he prevailed. Dean had me laughing and crying, but most of all convinced that running, regardless of how far, is such a powerful experience we come back for more.
    “Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is the one who endures that the final victory comes.” — Dean Karnazes, ‘Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.’
    Nicole LeClair Jones is the Special Events Coordinator for Camp Good Days and Special Times, which serves children and families affected by cancer. She’s the mother of two young children, and an avid runner (5:50AM you’ll find her running somewhere) She serves as the race director for the Just Clowning Around 5K to benefit Camp Good Days. Contact her at reporternick@gmail.com if you’re ever looking for a running partner or if you’ve got a story idea.
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