- My enduring passion is for the mountains and wilderness. Having trained as an environmental scientist I have somehow fallen into the world of ultra and endurance running. My dream is to encourage people to realise the sanctuary of the mountains, the richness of our environment and our responsibility to protect it, and the value of challenging yourself both physically and mentally.
Friday, 22 August 2008
Sitting down ....
Trust no thought arrived at sitting down .....
SHEEHAN, Running and Being
It's true. Or at least that's the way it feels to me? My head works when I'm running or when I'm walking. Lose that time and I lose my thinking time. So it was when I was injured with the stress fracture and unable to run. I just don't seem to get the same 'thinking time' when I'm sitting. So .. just at the moment I'm relishing the freedom of this summer - running and walking and climbing in the mountains. Time on my feet to let the mind wander. It won't make me wiser, but I think I'm happier. Footloose and fancy free. Well or as near it gets when you are living in the 'world'. But I'm lucky. I've been meeting wonderful people. They are true friends and their generosity to me means so much.
A time for everything - a time to give, and a time to receive. I'm doing a lot of the latter at the moment. I just hope in some way I'm also doing some of former. But the time will come. And I hope I have the generosity of spirit that so many have shown me.
At the moment - I'm homeless at 'home' in my beloved Zermatt. Having just walked around the route of the Ultra Trail Tour du Mont Blanc over three days last weekend (in preparation for the race on 29th/30th/31st) - now I go to the other extreme - I compete in the Matterhornlauf on Sunday. A 12km 'sprint' and nearly 1000m ascent. Well ... life is full of contrasts?