Monday, June 21, 2010

There is no why

Yesterday we watched the movie Man on Wire, which chronicles Phillippe Petit's wire walk between the twin towers. If you want to see passion in action, this is the movie to watch. It's youthful exuberance played out to the extreme.

My favorite line in the movie was/is: There is no why. Those words still resonate with me today. That's so true when you are truly following your passion. There is no why. Just pure compulsion.

Ultra runners can try to explain their reasons for doing what they do. What compels people to run tens and hundreds of miles though the mountains or for hours and days around a quarter mile or mile loop? To lose weight? be fit? the challenge?, camaraderie?, an addiction? to feel alive? Honestly, I'm not sure of my exact reasons (but it's probably closest to the last one.) I just know that one day I learned of people doing it and I wanted to do it too. There was no why.

Recently I heard about a new 12 hour race here in the PNW. For some reason, I really love fixed time races. Not really thinking it out too much except to see that my weekend was free, I signed up within a few minutes. Turns out I have marathons the two weekends preceding. I guess this will be my challenge for the summer.


Rick Gaston said...

I like that your challenges these days involve running for long distances. I on the other hand can't do timed races, I think I'd do crazy counting the minutes.

Good deal on P2P!

Backofpack said...

You are definitely back!

I really want to do it too, but I made a promise to Eric and I'm really trying hard to keep it. No races in July and August...

Keep signing up and enjoy making up for your lost year!

Gretchen said...

I loved that movie! I was completely captivated by it. Great quote, too. I think there is always a "why" in there somewhere, but it can't be expressed perfectly in words. Instead, the act itself (running, or whatever we do) is the expression of why.
Good luck with your races1 sounds like fun!

Joe said...

You are sooooooo back, Sarah!! A cool idea...and quite a sequence for you!!!