Run 23 – The lion and gazelle

6:07 – That’s the fastest mile I have logged on Strava ever. Also, every runner knows…if it ain’t on Strava it did’t happen. I started listing to Born to Run by Christopher McDougall today, an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher ventures off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets.

In the opening chapters Christopher makes reference (snippet here) of one of my favourite proverbs by none other than Roger Banister himself – the man who first broke the 4 min mile back in 1954.

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle–when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

Basically, you are always running. The question really is what you’re running from, and what you’re running to?

Until tomorrow, keep running towards better!

I listened to 9% of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Today’s route can be found here:

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