This article on irunfar.com came across my reader today:
And a couple of quotes really stood out to me, especially in light of my DNF at Bryce:
At some point, and I forget exactly how his comment came about, he said something along the lines of “isn’t this what it’s all about? The pursuit of happiness…not the race as such, that’s just an excuse to get together…it seems to me that what’s important is the shared experience…for better or for worse this is an incredible moment.”
Ultimately, it is not about the race, how fast or slow we run, it is about the people and the shared experiences, and that togetherness is for me what makes running in the mountains so meaningful.
This holds true for me for Bryce… I had a great time at Bryce, both the family and friend time before and after, but also the race. Would I liked to have finished? Of course, but that wasn’t what was most important about the experience.
There is so much beauty in the experiences we first find disappointing.