Focus. Flow. La Volupté

In these final moments of stillness, however, Mutai banished impure thoughts and the crowding, conflicted voices. He attempted to focus. 

Psychologists talk about a Zen-like state of instinctual action in which the greatest sporting performances are attained. They call it Flow

The French cyclist Jean Bobet described a similar but distinct experience called La Volupté, which ‘is delicate, intimate and ephemeral. It arrives, it takes hold of you, sweeps you up and then leaves you again. It is for you alone. It is a combination of speed and ease, force and grace. It is pure happiness.’

Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon” by Ed Caesar, April 06, 2017 at 12:59 AM

Running: Frequency trumps pure distance

Once you work up to running three miles at once, “frequency is your friend,” Dollar says.

“Running 10–15 miles a week split into 4–5 runs is safer and more beneficial than running 10–15 miles split into only two runs.”

How To Start (Or Get Back To) Consistent Running, January 10, 2017 at 12:09AM

In other news, I’ve so far run 10 of 11 days this year. Only 5K (3.1 mi) runs, but (nearly) every day. Good for me 🙂