High School Blunder
When I was in high school, about 100 years ago, I ran track and I ran cross-country. I got into the habit of jogging after school a couple days a week and one day I was out jogging and a friend of mine that I worked with saw me.
He called me a couple hours later and said, “Hey I saw you running, I didn’t know you jogged.” Then he said, “What you doing this weekend?” I said nothing and he said, “Let’s run the marathon!” and I said okay.
I’ve a friend that, as long as I’ve known him, he’s been a coach of some type and he coaches at a high school, he coaches a couple of sports, but ever since he was in college, when I first met him, he’s always in some type of coach some type of assistant coach.
He’s always worked at some type of rec center involved with teaching kids in some capacity how to learn sports. How to practice sports. How to compete in sports. Every time we talk about anything he always puts it through some type of sports perspective.
The language he uses, the metaphors he uses, the archetypes he uses are always, he always puts politics and economics and world issues and everything we talk about he puts through some type of sports metaphor.
I have a friend who was a endurance athlete. He has a regular job, he doesn’t get any money as an endurance athlete. He’s very much, one of his most enjoyable hobbies, and it takes quite a bit of time and he’s always got some type of event on the horizon. The shortest event is usually a half marathon but he sometimes runs marathons.
He participates in these triathlons, biathlon’s, he’s done a couple of those ultra endurance events were people race for like 100 miles through the desert. He’s always in the process of either training or getting ready to train for one of these events.
I watched this interesting historical lecture the other night. Not YouTube but some other subscription-based learning channel. The guy was talking about the history of something. It was some type of weird angle about history that I had never thought of before.
There was about three or four lectures long and he had this theory that all human behavior could be put into three distinct categories. Warfare, non-military conflicts like business conflict or land conflict, or sports. His theory was that sports is always a practice for the other two.
He said there was this very interesting change that happened when the Greeks started to talk about philosophy. They started to think about the different aspects of what it means to be human. They noticed that there’s three kind of distinct things that we do.
There’s the mind, there’s the body and there’s the spirit and sometimes the spirit is referred to as our intention. They seem to understand that there is these three distinct things that are the things that we do. The things we move around, the things we can create with our body, but there’s also these abstract concepts that we think about and talk about.
The ideas of mathematics and philosophy and sometimes these two different worlds merge, so to speak, whenever we have an abstract idea and we take that abstract idea and use it and turn it into some type of real thing. It doesn’t always happen. The two worlds can exist completely independently.
Where Does Spirit Arise From?
Between these two we have this thing called the spirit or our intention. We think, we believe, we like to believe that today we have a much deeper understanding, but in reality, all we can do is take apart the human body and give highly specific labels to all of our different body parts and we can watch what these things doing we can label their functions.
We still don’t have much of an advanced understanding of what the mind really is. How the mind is separate from the brain. What an intention is and where our intention arises from. There’s a lot of metaphors that may describe this, but as far as understanding beneath all of these ancient philosophical questions, we really were really not much further than the ancient Greeks.
There was a very interesting shift, according to this history professor that happened about how they described military bottles through literature. There was a time when they were described military battles is just military battles. Then there was a certain point in Greek history where they started to describe military bottles is happening in two phases.
The first phase would be the two militaries would line up on opposite sides of the field and then the two generals would come out and have like a soliloquy contest. They would each spend a long time talking about why they should win and why the other person should give up than the other general would spend a lot of time talking about why they would when and why the other guy would give up.
They would never ever agree and they would end up fighting. After that point in literary history most pivotal bottles would have that kind of two stage component.
He said that he feels most alive when he’s in the second fourth of this training process. Whenever he chooses a particular endurance event he separates his training into four distinct sections. The first section is just to train his body to get to that distance to be able to handle the distance.
Once he trains his body to get ready for that distance, then he starts focusing on running quicker and quicker. When he’s in the second phase he’s got a certain set of measurements that uses to see how close he is getting. During that second phase he realizes that if he continues to work at it he’ll eventually hit his target.
We always kid him about how he always puts everything through sports but he’s always quick to remind us that without sports we wouldn’t have society. His theory, his belief that if we didn’t teach young children the value of competitive sports it would be long before society collapses.
His theory is that beneath all of our competition and business competition in politics competition of ideas we first have to learn about physical competition we have to learn that we need to train our bodies to do certain things.
Always Somebody Better
When we train our bodies to do certain things there is always going to be somebody else out there that is also training their bodies to do certain things. They’re going to want to do better than we do. Unless we embrace that idea the collapse of society is guaranteed.
The first 10 miles was actually kind of fun, because there’s a lot of people in the beginning of the races are usually a lot of fun because they have a lot of people there cheering on the sidelines. Miles 10 to 15 I started to realize I might’ve bitten off more than I can chew.
From miles 15 to the end I realized that the metaphor of hitting the wall was incorrect. It sounds like when they say hit the wall it sounds like you’re going along fine and all of a sudden you smashed into an invisible wall and you’re suddenly a world of pain.
Fog Of Agony
It was more like slowly running through a thick fog that was getting thicker and thicker and thicker and more painful and more painful and more painful and every step further it took more energy to go to the next step in. From miles 15 to mile 26 I had a very, very, very, difficult mental internal struggle of should I continue or should I just quit.
Luckily, I’m glad that I push myself through, because when I finished, I was very, very, happy that I finished but I also had no idea that it would be such a painful endeavor and I couldn’t walk correctly for at least a couple of weeks.
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