he did not know he could not fly. so he did.

he’s one of those who knows that life
is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold your breath
and always trust your cape
— the prophet guy clark

Should you attempt to run a race for which you are totally unprepared?

I was having an online discussion with some nice peeps today. And I’m still not sure what I think.

Sure, it’s easy to say you shouldn’t run a race unless you’re ready. I’m in week 5 of a 30-week marathon plan. If you take six months to prepare for 26 miles, there’s not much guesswork. You’ll be ready and know within a few minutes what you should expect on race day, barring linguini with clam sauce on the night befor. That’s what I’m doing. The training, not the clam sauce.

And yet. What’s fun about that?

There’s something glorious about standing at the starting line, thinking “DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO????” That moment where you look into the void and wonder.

Adventure is the lack of preparation. It’s a great saying, and not a bad motto for life in moderation.

All my best adventures have come in events in which I had no idea what I was getting into. Just put on the cape and jumped. If I had waited till I was properly trained and ready, they wouldn’t have happened at all.

Always respect the running gods. But don’t be afraid to push past your boundary. Just in case it wasn’t your boundary at all. You never know till you try.

I don’t know the answer. I’m not even sure what the question was. But I know that I love dreamers. I hope I never stop dreaming.

And always trust your cape …


About gary

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4 Responses to he did not know he could not fly. so he did.

  1. jenster says:

    I had that “oh shit” moment at the start of Bandera. But then a trail monkey popped up in front of me and I knew it’d be ok.

    So if you can’t trust your cape at least trust the trail monkey.

  2. Bubbles McGillicutty says:

    Crap, now I need to go buy a cape AND a trail monkey.

  3. Tammy Umberson says:

    I love that song!!!!!

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