There's a debate about whether or not the infamous runner's high exists.
Maybe they can't clinically prove a physiological or mind-altered state; I'm not exactly sure where the debate arises. One thing is certain though, there's an emotional and spiritual high that I find often when running. The crisp air, the freedom of the hills, the beauty of the landscape . . . at this moment, I'm feeling the runner's high, exploring a part of town I've never before seen, moving my body in a primal dance, and being untethered by anything other than having once again tied my shoelaces too tight.
When I return home, there's no doubt in my mind about what I must do. I log onto the Golden Gate Canyon Dirty Thirty 50K website, sign-up for the June 1st race I've been eying for the past week, and open my running journal to sketch out my training plan. And I know that Daniel has recently done the same for this Saturday's Oriflamme 50k in Anza Borrego.
Lesson 7: As the race name made clear again and again . . . at the end of a 50 mile race, during a fun run out your back door, or just in general day-to-day life, you can always go beyond . . . and you should.