I was talking to my priest about running yesterday. What!? You don’t? He’s not a runner and I’m sure he didn’t realize we were talking about running. Or maybe he did. He’s a smarty. Anyway, he asked what the difference between stubbornness and perseverance was. It seems like a good distinction to make before running 100 miles — or any ultra distance. In my mind, stubbornness is continuing to run a race when you’re injured. It’s stubborn pride that pushes you to risk lasting damage. Yes? Perseverance is continuing to run when you don’t want to anymore. The running is physically and mentally painful and you choose to keep on running because it’s instructive.
Of course, it’s hard to figure out whether you’re being stubborn or persevering after you’ve been running for 1o hours and parts of your body really hurt.
Well, that’s all the thinking I’m doing today. 10 miles to run and a preschooler to wrestle into underwear.