Eyes on the Prize – But What’s the Prize?

A recent posting on the Seeds4Life blog has me thinking. When You Have One Eye on the Goal, You Have Only One Eye on the Path – Zen Master Here a student asks the Zen master how long it will take him to achieve enlightenment. The master's response basically tells the student not to worry …

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Run Woodstock Part Deux: Shutting the Brain Off

Ninety percent of this game is mental, and the other half is physical. - Yogi Berra Training for my first marathon four years ago, I ran 16 miles along the back roads from Honor, Michigan to Beulah and Benzonia, then back. It was a pretty route, but by mile 13 I was sick and tired …

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Woodstock 100K: The Thrill of Victory, and the Agony of De Feet

MY FIRST EVER 100K FINISH! Run Woodstock, "a weekend of peace, love, music and running," has become my favorite annual event. Despite some brutal conditions over the years, including swamp-like trails, thunderstorms, and falling trees, it's always a laid-back and joyful atmosphere. Out on the trails the runners encourage each other throughout, and the campers …

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Let Go of Expectations, Embrace the Adventure

THE BIG 100K is tomorrow! Training and tapering are over, and it's time to do the deed. I've tested the course, my watch and headlamp are charged, and I've packed plenty of salted caramel Gu. No need to stress about anything; in fact, to stress about an event named "Run Woodstock" would be missing the …

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