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Training for a Marathon

For the past half a year I’ve been in the midst of training for a marathon. The decision to participate this year came after incessant badgering by a colleague. As I remember, when I finally agreed it came when my defences were low following a particularly stressful period at work, […]

The absurdity of running

I’ve clocked 80.76km so far in runs this month. That’s almost 80.76km more than what I ran last month. The reason, I tell myself, that I have run so much is because there’s quite a bit of a competition in the office. We’ve signed up for a marathon; we’re tracking […]

0445club

Read Tim Ferriss’ Tool of Titans on the train yesterday evening on Jocko Willink. There was this thing about the #0445club, which after a late night of drinks seemed to me like an incredible idea I had to try. So this morning… #0445club A pity about the rain though. Had […]

The Run

We act very much as if we were on a voyage. What can I do? I can choose out the helmsman, the sailors, the day, the moment. Then a storm arises. What do I care? I have fulfilled my task: another has now to act, the helmsman. If the weather […]

Thinking About Life

Maybe it’s do with the weather of late – cool, dreary, wet; or maybe it’s to do  the long runs I’ve been doing – lonely, peaceful, contemplative. Whatever it was, I’ve been thinking about life – about how it has been; about how it is now; and about how it […]

Falling to the level of our training

I first saw the following wonderful quote in a book by Joshua Medcalf (called Hustle),  attributed to  an anonymous Navy SEAL: Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. What a beautiful principle to live your life by. (I was particularly inspired because I […]

Going beyond economics

“So,” he asked, “what should he do?” Straightforward as the question may seem, it was anything but. There were two tracks I could take: (1) the economic, rational track; or (2) the moral, slightly irrational track. I can’t quite share with you what the exact nature of the discussion was, […]

Beautiful cartoon on running

There’s a wonderful cartoon on running over at The Oatmeal. Beautiful as always, especially to this avid runner without a chance in hell of winning any running awards (“so why do it?” they ask — not quite understanding that I run for running’s sake. I just don’t get it, either).