Learning from Neal Bascomb and Laura Hillenbrand
Thanks for the wonderful piece on Perfect Mile. Authors aren’t supposed to have favorite books, but between us, this is in my top 3. I never made that connection with Seabiscuit, particularly the drawing back from training to enjoy the pleasure of speed. Bannister’s coach Franz Stampfl did the same thing with Roger shortly before he broke four-minutes. In his case, an adventure in Scotland to free his mind.
Terrell, I love the way you connect the dots so that 1+1=3. Powerful and compelling and demonstrates your “intuitive ability” to trust yourself and see the bigger picture. You will soon discover “less is more” when you wean yourself from all that distracting technology. Your body clock knows what time it is and your heart knows what is necessary and what is not. You are clearly on your way to “Know Thyself” an imperative modern man truly doesn’t get....I apologize for the unsolicited advice.
Once again…love your newsletter/post this week. I’ve been struggling with this. KNOWING I HAVE TO get up and run in order to stay in shape both mind and body and yet, I am losing what I have gained out of the mere act of running…to appreciate how wonderful my life is. Removing the joy out of the act and condensing it down to just “staying in shape” has left a HUGE hole in the picture. In fact, I am pressed to actually get into that meditative space I used to love so much in the middle of my runs where ideas and thoughts and creativity seem to drop out of thin air and into my brain. Seeing the results on my watch of how many miles I’ve accumulated over the week of running is certainly satisfying when it comes to looking at running as a goal. But that’s not the whole picture. Or if it is…then adding the pure pleasure of a run is what adds color to a black and white picture. It’s important to remember that while goals are hugely important (especially to runners) there is a benefit of running that surpasses this and I believe when you find that joy in the act of running…that place of gratitude that makes you appreciate everything from the legs that carry you to the oxygen in the air that fuels your lungs. That is the true beauty of running.
Love what you wrote here: "makes this worthwhile is the feeling we experience when we do it — and there’s something magical about that, that no device can quantify." YES!! Thank you
Loved reading this! I also run with an Apple Watch and I’m constantly asking myself if it’s really helping me. And how much is it just distancing me from my own body? Like, I can kind of tell what my heart rate is without the monitor. And I used to be able
I so needed to read this today! Thank you Terrell. After completing the race I've been training for all summer, I have "analysis paralysis", and don't know what to do without all the data and direction. I just needed this to remind myself that running is freeing and fun. No goals or intentions right now, but just joy.
My riding instructor said that if the horse took off on his own, no matter what the cause, drop the reins and let him go. It might be a scary ride, but let go, he'll run it off and stop alongside the road, eventually, to eat or go home. They do, too! It was some of the best advice I ever got. Works on humans as well. . . use it every day!
The old saying, which a lot of people have trouble understanding, "Let Go the Rope." can be inserted here. . . .
Awesome article !! I loved Sea biscuit . Some great stuff !! Thank you
I thoroughly enjoyed this read Terrell - thank you! I'm going to think of Seabiscuit when I take a shot at the Chicago Half on Sunday 😊. Have a great day!