What I (Think) About When I (Think) About Running

A la Haruki Murakami,

I just run. I run in a void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void. But as you might expect, an occasional thought will slip into this void. People’s minds can’t be a complete blank. Human beings’ emotions are not strong or consistent enough to sustain a vacuum. What I mean is, the kinds of thoughts and ideas that invade my emotions as I run remain subordinate to that void. Lacking content, they are just random thoughts that gather around that central void. 

Thank God, if anything else, for giving me strong legs and a strong mind — at will, at least — so that I can run and run and run and run. I’m starting to fall in love with the pain.

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