Thursday, April 19, 2012

Running and the fountain of youth...

Not to deviate much from yesterday's blog, two good friends of mine have made several comments which deserved to be mentioned. One of them, Rob, from Boston, asked me if my spouse and I have found the elusive “fountain of youth”, while the other, Gérard, from Samoëns, France, is quoting from Roger Bannister, the first track athlete to break the four-minute mile, who said “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.” 

The former comment is perfectly answered by the later quote. Simply said, in order for us to stay fit and be able to keep skiing with energy, we're willing to pay a recurrent price by doing what the lion and the gazelle accomplish everyday. Not only running regularly has kept us fit, but it also has enhanced our health and fortified our minds. In fact, in spite of what it might seem to most people who know us well, skiing is not our number one sport, it's running and by a giant stride!

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