Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Book of Propst

We have arrived at February's final Sunday. One could argue I suppose that considering February's first Sunday heralded the ascendancy of the Giants to the top of the NFL (at least for this year), each Sunday thereafter has been a bit of a letdown. Allow me to take a contrarian view.

As one who runs and as one whose running these days is tied in to his preparation for the New Jersey Marathon on the 6th of May, I would argue that each Sunday this month has been super. I shall today - as I have been able to on the three Sundays that came before it - be able to take my "long" preparatory run in the fresh air. Happiness is most certainly being able to run eleven miles outdoors as opposed to on a treadmill.

It is in fact, in my humble opinion, too nice a day to be spent on too many of my words. Boy - talk about setting a bar so low you are more likely to stub your toe than to strike your head upon it; eh? Especially so today when someone has provided us with far better ones:

Games require skill. Running requires endurance, character, pride, physical strength, and mental toughness. Running is a test, not a game. A test of faith, belief, will, and trust in one’s self. So hardcore that it needs a category all to itself to define the pain. When game players criticize, it's because they aren't willing to understand, not because they're stronger. Running is more than a sport; it's a lifestyle. If you have to ask us why we run, you'll never understand, so just accept.

I could not have said that any better myself. And yes, I know that you know to be true too. Keep your wise ass remarks to yourself....

....gotta run. See you tomorrow.

-AK

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