29 Dec '16, 12pm

The Call to Adventure: 20 x 400 in 2017

The Call to Adventure: 20 x 400 in 2017

I first heard about Joseph Campbell’s world-class 800-meter credentials in an email conversation with Mike a few years ago, and it has stuck with me ever since. Somehow, it’s no surprise that the archetypal structure of the “Hero’s Journey ” was articulated by a runner. In a small way, stepping out the door for any ordinary run is a heroic microadventure. Racing—both the act itself and the lengthy process of preparation—is a deeper odyssey. It’s in that spirit that Mike recently suggested a “call to adventure” to mark the beginning of another year—a workout challenge culled from the annals of classic distance running. You may not think 20 x 400 meters is right for you. That’s okay: In the Hero’s Journey, right after the Call to Adventure comes the Refusal of the Call (“The hero feels the fear of the unknown and tries to turn away from the adventure, however briefly”). But ...

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