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On Running

A video ode to running, with awe and love.

 Here’s a a video ode to running, my reliable medicine.

 

 

Running frees a space for creative and confident thinking.  It steadies my mood.  

 

"There are six components of wellness: proper...diet, proper exercise [and four others]."

-Kenneth H. Cooper 

“Listening to the music while [working] her body close to its limit, she was able to attain a mysterious calm. She was simultaneously the torturer and the tortured.... This sense of inner-directed self-sufficiency was what she wanted most of all. It gave her deep solace.” 

-Haruki Murakami

“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they'll go to any length to live longer. But don't think that's the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you're going to while away the years, it's far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree”

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-Haruki Murakami

So goes the video.  See above.  Click on it.

Ilana Simons, Ph.D., is a literature professor at The New School as well as a practicing therapist.

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