“Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being — a call that asks who they are …”
– David Blaikie

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Texas Running on my Mind...

Springtime is here. Growing up, that meant Texas Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, Mockingbirds, and allergies. Living in Florida, these springtime icons weren't there. Now, living in Arizona and experiencing my first official "Spring", I am sad to say that these things are not so present here either....except for the damn allergies.

Everything is in full bloom here. My nose has been doing more running than I have in the last two months. Sad...sniff...sniff.

I really miss Texas. There is no sense of identity like there is in Texas. I remember going back a few years ago and seeing a bumper sticker on a huge super-lifted Chevy pickup truck that said "If you ain't Texan, you ain't SHIT." I remember feeling all warm and fuzzy inside...Native Texans carry a pride that many other state natives don't. I hope we end up back "home" again one day...

I miss the great running in the San Antonio and north Dallas areas. I took some pictures last summer and needed to post them...enjoy!

1 comment:

Joede said...

I grew up in Texas and you are right about that Texan pride. You won't find anything like it anywhere else. Once you have Texas in your blood, now where else truely feels like "home".