Born to run, again…

I’m half way through my second read of Christopher McDougall’s book titled Born To Run. I first read this beauty back in 2009. New Balance was a fairly new client of mine back then and I was learning about minimalist running shoes through working with them. In fact, as I’m reading this rant, I am wearing an old pair of NB Minimus trail running shoes as Miss and I make our way to Kansas City. A decade ago, David Deck was a young executive with NB who immediately stood out in our three day long BTL retreat that was kicking off NB team practice. He kept asking questions and was almost childlike in his curiosity. Something inside of me told me we would become fast and forever friends. Ten years later, I couldn’t be more right…

So, I’m rereading another book and it’s hitting me completely differently this second go around because I’m different, quite different, a decade later. C.S. Lewis was one wise dude. His reading discipline was to read too books he’d already read for each new one. I’ve not adopted his habit, but I’m beginning to do more rereading of old books that hit me hard the first go ‘round. This was one of those books, mostly because I’m not a runner (so I tell myself) but I’ve always enjoyed running. After reading this rant back in 2009, it would be only months later that Frickin’ M (now Littlest Fricker) would hit with me with hard truth about my sugar addiction and forever change my relationship with sweets. Together we are transforming. Always together.

Become more disciplined, friend, in going back, not to loathe, linger, or romantically reminisce. Go back to learn. Here’s one new learning from this trip going backward – Women crush men when it comes to ultra running. Take Leadville 100 trail run as an example. Nearly ninety percent of the women entrants finish under the 30 hour limit while under half of the men do. The longer and more grueling the race, the better the females finish. The author seems baffled by these discoveries. I am not. In my study of human performance in business, sport, and life, over these past 25 years, I’ve come to discover that women are not the weaker ones. Women are endurance warriors. Don’t believe me, friend, go read and study it yourself – you’ll see.

And, don’t forget to go back, someday, and read it again. Who knows, like me, you may discover something different in the same words seen through very different eyes. Books are static. You’re not meant to be. You, friend, are born to run. Keep evolving. Keep learning. Keep moving. Keep working. Good…

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