spiritual preparation

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03/04/2005 at 07:51

After months of physical preparation the body is ready, the mind is strong, the muscles are carboloaded and the taper has begun. But researchers at the University of Erewhon have discovered that those runners who practise spiritual preparation will attain nirvana faster than those who neglect this vital aspect of race preparation. The editors of runners world have commissioned me to post a zen, sufi, tao or western spiritual aphorism every day until race day. Meditation upon the deep meanings contained will undoubtedly finish the path along the way. . . .

Today’s spot of wisdom is:

Every stride is agony, but the last leads to ecstasy


03/04/2005 at 08:08
ta Grass hopper

I shall look forward to tomorrow
03/04/2005 at 13:24
How about "Never eat anything bigger than your head".
03/04/2005 at 13:41
oooh, oooh


Aw. My legs still hurt (just back from 6 miler).
04/04/2005 at 08:10
Thank you O plodding one!

It is difficult to be a master without any disciples.

No, that is not today’s words of wisdom. Well they are words of wisdom but they are not the words of wisdom related to running that are prescribed for today’s meditation. While I am giving non-running words of wisdom:

Beware of false prophets.

The cannibalistic urges of ‘the angel of death’ will not result in peace, harmony and good running. (And I will have to purify my keyboard after typing ‘taod’). Today’s real words of running wisdom are:


the only people who can hit the wall,
are those who can see it.

04/04/2005 at 08:18
Im really going to enjoy these!
04/04/2005 at 14:12
Thankyou Grass Hopper.

I don't feel I have truly addressed the spiritual side of my running. I will join you on the journey to enlightenment!

05/04/2005 at 08:04
Welcome surfer of wisdom on the waves of my words. Remember:

It is not the number that follow you,
but their quality.

Those are words of wisdom for masters and grasshoppers, not for runners. Although they could be words of wisdom for runners: with those following, following your body in the race of running not following your words in the race for enlightenment. Ok they are today’s words of wisdom for runners, and today’s bonus words of wisdom are:


Only one can come first,
only one can come last


only one can come twenty four thousandth six hundred and seventy third.

05/04/2005 at 08:07
not usually THAT many people following me at my speed

but i shall glory in the joy of last place

05/04/2005 at 09:20
I have not been ignoring the spirit, nor the beer, nor the cider. My body is more than a temple it is a pub. I shall be following you all on the path to enlightment via the Redeemer, The Rose and Crown, No. 1 London Wall, The Pickwick, and that rather nice little plce off Birdcage Walk that I forget the mane of. Remember it is not the winning that counts but the wining.

Kryten    pirate
05/04/2005 at 10:51
Grass Hopper – truly you are wise in the ways of the foot

I am your humble disciple


…no hang on, sorry…

05/04/2005 at 11:17
Thankyou master! I will continue to surf your words of wisdom as they forcefully sweep me towards true enlightenment.

06/04/2005 at 07:36
Truly I am humbled by the ruler of so many deigning to listen to my little words of wisdom. (But will you not have difficulties in getting through the legs of all ther other runners on the 17th)?

Todays words of wisdom come from the western romantic tradition! Remember, truth and enlightenment can be found in even the most unlikley locations. . .


It is better to have started and DNFed,
than never to have started at all.
06/04/2005 at 07:52
DNF is an EVIL word
06/04/2005 at 09:11
oooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm now a believer.....
ImRio    pirate
06/04/2005 at 09:13
Do you think there will be truth and enlightenment between mile 18 and 26. I know I can find it at the finish!!
06/04/2005 at 09:27
The path to enlightenment can only truly be perceived from 18 onwards. Prior to that the signage is wanting and can lead you astray.

Thankyou Grass Hopper.

ImRio    pirate
06/04/2005 at 09:29
Hmmm hadn't thought of it that way Susie
Thank you for helping me understand!

Duck Girl    pirate
06/04/2005 at 16:20



*thread clears as FLM-ers spot a cold going round*
07/04/2005 at 07:23
Do not despair plodding one,
due to a typographic error yesterday’s words should have read:

It is better to have run and lost,
than never to have run at all.

Rio welcome – there is a road to Rio which you can fly down.

Rob 22 welcome – soon you can become Rob 26.

Do not listen to the words of the weak, Duck girl holds no fear for us <cough sniff>

Today’s words come from Swami Stillone:


When the going gets tough,
the tough keep running.

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