Letters of Life

Tag: Running

Reflections Upon A Half Marathon

Prior to last weekend, I’d only ever run 10 km races. Last Sunday,  I ran my first, and most probably my last, half marathon. I was one of fifteen thousand who ran in the Army Half Marathon, of which at least ninety per cent were men, and more than half that were serving their stint… Read More ›

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A Run by the Sea

Living thirty minutes from the sea, I rarely go there except on long weekends, and most likely not at seven in the morning.  But the past month has seen me drive into the parking lot at Carl’s Junior on Saturdays when the sky is darkly tinted and there’s a strong breeze rustling the pillars of… Read More ›

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Fit to Write: On Becoming a *Real* Runner

Eight weeks ago, I signed up and, what’s more important, paid up, for a half marathon, or what’s known in running parlance as a half. Prior to this, I’d sworn off joining any more races. In my last three 10K races, I’d clocked no PRs (personal records), nursed a heavy head and suffered post-race hydration… Read More ›

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A Milestone in Running

The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky as always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky. The sky both exists… Read More ›

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I love the way it sounds. Cadence. It could be a girl’s name. Cadence is rhythmic flow, the footfall in the inflection of a voice at the tail of a sentence, the beat of movement expressed by dancers, musicians, poets, and soldiers. In runners, the meaning is a little more prosaic, and is merely the… Read More ›

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The Runners

It started quietly, this runners’ group. If you happened to be free on Wednesday evenings, you turned up at the athletic track at the NIE. Dominic, an outdoorsman, initiated the idea for the weekly run. He helped organize previous Amazing Races for the church, and various treetop walks and hikes for interested members. Christina and… Read More ›

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