Hat-tip to Eric Schranz and Ultrarunnerpodcast.com for sharing the following piece written by Mario Fraioli. As I begin my 24 week WS100 training this week, inspiration is highly valued.
Time To Go To Work
The dark early morning sky gives way to a rising light from the east as two runners drop down onto the dirt trail at the mouth of a coastal lagoon. Headlamps aren’t necessary at this hour, but the duo proceeds carefully as their eyes adjust to the constantly changing shadows beneath their feet.
Fifteen minutes into the run the regular exchange of words gets spaced apart without warning as the runners simultaneously press a button on their respective watches. Their tempo increases along with their leg turnover as all audible communication seems to cease almost immediately. Despite the fact that the dialogue has died down, there remains an unspoken understanding between the two. It’s time to go to work.