A Meditation On Mile One

There's always a mile one. 

Mile one is the distance of resistance. The most difficult mile of all.
That barrier we face, between us and the run.
When the body is in stasis.
But our heart yearns to stride and strike the earth.

100 mile races have a mile one.
100 minute jogs too.
Even 100 second sprints have a metaphorical mile one.
That space between reticent and ready.

Mile one is all the reasons not to.
The why nows
The maybe laters
The warm beds and wet weather and why does it even matter anyway 

Reach. Stretch. Move. Stride.
No matter how far or fast or long you run, there is always a mile one.

Cross the chasm.




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