“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Haruki Murakami
By Arthur Knaggs
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. (Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running)
“You don’t get anywhere by magic, but only by putting in the required number of steps, one at a time and in the correct sequence. You can’t run the last lap of a mile until you’ve run the first three. There is a truth, a beauty and a symmetry in this that is inviolate. Every step counts.” (Bernd Heinrich, Why We Run)
London. An athletics track. Evening. Clouds hang fat and heavy in the sky above Parliament Hill. There is a low-key festival atmosphere that grows as the light fades.
Here, in this final, short section, the author describes an evening by the running track.
(This is the last in the collection from Chasing Laces, Voices from the Running Scene. My thanks to Arthur Knaggs for allowing me to publish these pieces on The Phraser.)