Amazing run today. Found a trail in a local park that I didn't know about; it's about 2 miles from my home. Though the actual trail is only around 1 mile in length, there are many off-shoots that people have made and it appears you could spend a fair amount of time back in the woods. So, I'm looking forward to exploring that as I prepare for the trail marathon.
I was going to offer some commentary on a blog post from recent Project Graduate, Matt Fallin. Here is the link to his post: http://projectroadwarrior.blogspot.com/2008/10/where-is-everybody.html. Rather than comment today, I decided to share a video. Unfortunately, I cannot embed the video here, it was disabled on YouTube. So, please go here and check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S06oMxdt40A. It's 20 minutes long, but I think it's worth the time.
I think this video offers a great deal of insight and answers Matt's question of, "Where is everybody?" Plus, as I've delved deeper into endurance running, I find it to be a very spiritual experience. While my spiritual beliefs and religion is different from the monks portrayed in the video, I think there is much to be learned from anyone who is testing the limits of their endurance, and ultimately getting closer to the end of themselves.
I remember seeing a news report on the "Marathon Monks of Mt. Hiei" around 10 years ago, when I was still into endurance cycling, and I was blown away. Watch the video and you will see why.
As I venture further to my own limits and nearer the end of "me", I feel closer to God. While I intend to explore my own running edge, I don't think I will start carrying a rope and dagger with me, as the monks do. Again, watch the video and you will see what I mean.
Hope this helps.