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By Keith Pippin Each time you run you will recieve lessons. You have enrolled in the school of ultrarunning. You may like the lessons or think them irrevelant and stupid. What yout think makes no difference, the lessons will be presented until they are learned. When you run, there are no mistakes, only lessons. The art and science of ultrarunning is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The failed experiments are as much a part of of the successes as the combination that ultimately works. Lessons will be presented in various forms and intensities. Each lesson will be repeated until it is learned. When you have learned one lesson you will be presented with another. The learning of lessons does not end. There is no part of your running experience that does not contain lessons. Each time you run there are lessons to be learned. There is no better run than the one you are presently on. Do not aspire to do better in the next run until this one is completed. Periodically you will be tested. The test will be presented in the form of a race. This may be an announced test such as a race to be run at a future date, or it may be in the form of a pop quiz when a "Friend" calls on Friday to run on Saturday. The tests may be severe and demanding, testing you to the very limits of your mental and physical capabilities, You are the only one who will know your test score. After the test you will know which lessons require more study. How you running affects you and those around you is up to you. You have the ability to choose-positive or negative. The decision is yours.You will live with the consequences of the choices you make. Life's answers lie within. Life's questions can be answered from within. Running is the medium through which these answers will be revealed. All you have to do is look, listen, feel, and trust. ..You must always remember "The people dancing were judged insane by those who could not hear the music". Few people will ever hear your music. Run long and prosper. From "A Step Beyond: The Definitive Guide to Ultrarunning" I thought this was pretty profound, applies to more runs than just ultras.

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