Running allows me to go to a place that I can not access in modern society. It lets me tap into a part of my brain that can only be reached through such physical exhaustion and determination that running 10+ miles can create. If it were merely about staying in shape or looking good I’m not sure it would be as appeasing. Something about running for hours at a time, having emotional ups and downs, and getting to the point that your mind is cloudy but calm all in the course of a single run is addicting. You just can’t get that much pain and pleasure for free anywhere else
Scenes from the village and the city, remote corners of the provinces, the God-forsaken life of the lonely clerk, the corner of a lonely cemetery, the confusion of a market place, every joy and sorrow which grows and lives in peasant huts and opulent mansions.
Russian Vladimir Stasov on Russian painting themes as quoted in the Russian cultural history book Natasha’s Dance
Nicole Kidman in Cold Mountain
Kind of interesting to see a different, yet somehow similar, mountain experience having effects. I always think mountain experiences do.
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