From Competitor – January 2017

With zillions of marathons and ultras under my belt and PRs long behind me, there are days—especially when the weather is less than perfect and I’m overwhelmed with work, feeling unmotivated and just plain blah—that lying around reading a mystery novel is more appealing than dragging my lazy butt out for a trot.

However, the prospect of disappointing Helen, my four-legged running partner, keeps me lacing up my shoes. She always wants to go and her excitement can be contagious. She reminds me of what matters when it comes to running—that it’s the most basic and elemental of activities, satisfying our animal natures. She’s a natural runner, and in many ways I wish I were more like her. For example:

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