If your run fitness was a one of these mountains, which one would you rather it be?  Either can have a good foundation, but one is very distinct - it draws you in.  You imagine what it is like at the top.  In some ways it looks impossible to climb, but if you look long and hard, you begin to see possible routes and a way to the top.

The other mountain can be much easier to get to and climb, as many people do.  Less preparation is involved, with less unknown.  And, it comes with a plateau.

The other, more impressive looking one is much more elusive and challenging, where most people observe from the base, snapping pictures, but very few attempt to take a "selfie" at the top.  To summit, it requires knowledge, a progressive plan, and an extreme enjoyment for the process.  A burning desire every morning, to wake while every one is still asleep, to train for the summit.

There is not enough room at the summit for everyone, but sometimes that is why we attempt to climb.  After all, we soon realize it is the process of becoming our best that we ultimately fall in love with, and that ultimately becomes the joy of running.

Being your best is just a choice, which mountain do you chose?

EO

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Comment by Karen on January 14, 2015 at 9:05pm
Well said, Eric:). Being your best is a choice in every area of life. Running is one way of displaying what is truly inside of each of us.
Comment by Robert Burpee on October 22, 2014 at 3:43am
But you can have a journey without reaching the summit. So your always striving to reach "the summit", to be the best you can be, always striving for improvement & understanding.
Comment by Eric Orton on October 20, 2014 at 3:56pm
And we can't have the journey without a summit!
Comment by Rich Warne on October 20, 2014 at 1:53pm
"its the process of becoming"
Comment by Robert Burpee on October 16, 2014 at 12:18am

As in life, it's about the journey not the arrival.

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