Flight vs Fight or a little bit of both

I’ve been quietly and steadily increasing my running lately.  I took a long hiatus with our move, and am just now starting to find my way back.  A few years ago, when I had just begun running, I read a fantastic book called “What I talk about when I talk about running” by Haruki Murakami.  In it Murakami explores his love of running and it’s interconnectedness to the other aspects of his life, specifically his writing.  At the time it resonated with me, but I didn’t fully understand what he was getting at, the writing, the running, how it all fits.

The mind and the body each crave their own kind of freedom.  My mind craves words. Words give flight because they are decision makers, heart breakers and everything in-between.  But the body, it craves the freedom of a fight.  When I run I fight every can’t and won’t and never will be.  I face down doubt, and refuse pain.  I keep running and pretty soon the words that don’t give freedom give way the ones that do.  Words like can and will and might someday be. 

Two years, one marathon, and the start of another training season later, I know what it is I talk about when I talk about running. 



  • I am dead serious when I say that this is the very first time in all my 35 years when running seemed like it might hold some interest to me.

    Wow – you gave me some beautiful powerful food for thought.

    Thank you,


  • Murakami’s book is a great life lesson, and I love reading it over and over again, whenever I need a push forward. I’m not running, but I am thinking of this as a metaphor. There are so many ways one can run, right?

  • Ahhhhh I just love love love this post!! I am a runner…always have been. I absolutely love what you said about it- how its our time to kinda conquer everything we can’t seem to in life! I could not agree more!! I love running, always find time to do it everyday… and although people laugh… it’s the time when GOd and I have some of the best chats about life, love, and everything else! Excited to follow your blog:)

  • Beautiful thoughts, Kimberly.