AM: 8.5 miles on the Pipeline. Started in the dark at 6 am.
Here's a thought. I pulled my copy of The Complete Book of Running by Jim Fixx off the shelf and began skimming this evening. I got it for Christmas, 1979 when I was a freshman in high school. It's pretty surprising how much of the information is still solid today. What really got me thinking though was the tone of the book. Fixx wrote it in the early years of the first running boom of the 1970s and his own life was transformed by the sport along with millions of others. There's this general tone of optimism and excitement like the human race has just discovered something transformative after thousands of years of civilization - peole should get outside and run. I remember the excitement of those years and the energy you felt at every local 5k or 10k.
When was the last time something like that happened? A mass movement that prompted millions of people to embark on something new and positive?