Saturday, May 24, 2008

Every path leads me to somewhere

After my last long run I happened to hear Alice in Chains' "Rooster" on the radio in my car. I might have changed the station, as these days I tend to prefer something more upbeat than the often bleak Alice in Chains songs. For some reason I paused for moment - could this song be related to running in some way?
Ain't found a way to kill me yet
Eyes burn with stinging sweat
Seems every path leads me to....

...nowhere is the next word in the song, which is about where my interest in the song waned that day.

When you're running on a new trail, I suppose there is a risk that it will turn out to be a dead end, or seem like a trail to nowhere if you will. Even then, though, I think you could argue that every path taken is a path to somewhere, whether we realize at the time or not. It could be the greatest running trail you haven't yet discovered. Or it may be a bit of a disappointment, but still offer you a chance to learn something. A run can be a meditative experience.


I've been tagged by Beth at 6 a.m. Running.

The challenge was to come up with a 6 word "memoir" to describe my life, then tag at least five more people. I could easily use the 6 words I began this post with, but I thought I'd use something different. So, here's my pithy statement:

Kid at heart, making a comeback

I still like games of many kinds, even as an adult. Sometimes I like games just for fun, sometimes for the competition. My running comeback features a bit of both. I'm doing it for my health, sure, but for other reasons too - to push myself, to have fun exploring trails, to make new friends.

I'm not an expert on tagging etiquette, so I hope this works out ok. Below are some of the blogs I've been reading, but I've not yet been a regular commentator. A couple are new to me, and the others read I've off and on for awhile this year. As you might guess, these blogs are about trail running, or they've at least had a post about a trail run or a run at a place near or dear to me. These individuals may not know me, but now they may know one of their readers a little better, perhaps.

I'm tagging:
Rafael at Fat Trail Runner
The Running Chick with the Orange Hat
Anne at Run DMZ
David at Adventures in the Thin Trade

Their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to:
1. Write a 6 word (max) memoir.
2. Post it on their blog and include a visual illustration if they wish.
3. Link to the person who tagged you in your post.
4. Tag at least five more blogs.
5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.


Anne said...

I accept the challenge (er, tag) but will need a few days to narrow this down to a mere six words. Especially since I can't steael yours :-).

And I like the opening to this post. It's so true -- a dead-end road can be a letdown, but a dead-end trail just means you get to see all the nice scenery twice.

Jeff said...

Thanks for accepting the tag - and please take your time.

I think I originally stumbled across your blog due to a posting about a Block Island trip last year (?). Talk about scenery - that place is amazing.

Anne said...

Yes, that was a great trip, even if we got quite a soaking. OK, I'm still trying to come up with the right six words. I've jotted down some ideas, but hours later they don't move me. This is harder than I thought!

Ellie Hamilton said...

"Every path leads me to somewhere."

I like that!

Triteacher said...

Huh, I like your 6 worder. I stopped by cuz both you & I were tagged by Anne; I'll check back for how you complete your new meme-mission.

Oh, and welcome back to running!