08 Aug '17, 1pm

Some Runs, You Feel Like You’re on Fire—in a Good Way https://t.co/qjGsv5v5ap

Some Runs, You Feel Like You’re on Fire—in a Good Way https://t.co/qjGsv5v5ap

I feel light and balanced, a fine-tuned machine. I’m breathing hard and my heart pounds in my chest, but I’m in control. I fly over the ground, driving myself faster as I descend the hill and hit the final straight. I can sense tumblers falling into place, unlocking the “thing behind everything” that makes all else seem second-rate, as John Updike described in Rabbit, Run . I’m riding the wave, hitting the sweet spot, in the zone, in flow. As I finish the workout, I feel invincible, fully alive, connected and powerful. The next day, the feeling is there again as I accelerate to a cruising rhythm on an eight-miler. At this more relaxed pace, power plays second fiddle to a consciousness of deep strength, the “tireless state” that legendary New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard spoke about. It lures me to extend my run two extra miles, then four. I roll along, barely touching the ...

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