“this is life”

We woke-up just after 7 and went downstairs for a light breakfast of cereal, mixed fruit, a hard-boiled egg and coffee. Soon, it was time for us to get in the cab and head to the train station. Simon and I took the train from York to New Pudsey station where we were picked up at different times and taken to the start of our running legs.

I was running with Quentin (not Cassidy). He showed up with his wife and 10 month old daughter who had a fascination with the wind: this fascination was revealed through the happiest of laughs whenever the wind slapped her in the face!

At about 11:45 am Quentin showed me what REAL cross-country running is all about. We made our way across the country land, through horse fields, over about 25 fences, through streams, up hills, down ravines and across golf courses without any old men yelling profanities at us. 11 miles later we handed the baton off 6 minutes ahead of the next team. There were 2 more legs to go and overall Airedale Athletics ended up in a close 2nd. This was a very good run for the lads!

Quentin then took me to The Royalty Pub which overlooks West Yorkshire. Overlooking this beautiful part of the world we just sat and drank our pints of cask beer; for all we knew we could have been Kings. Quentin said it well, “This is life”.

I was then dropped off at where I’ll be staying until the end of December. I’m in a lovely house, a beautiful area and with a great family. But I’ll save the details for later.

Below is a video I quickly put together Saturday. I was doing the exact run shown in the video and awful memories from all my defeats this past year kept coming into my head; mainly the one from Canadian University Nationals and the one from Canadian Senior Nationals.

I’ll try and put up at least 1 4-5 minute video a week.

Categories: bleak and beautiful, Existential Ideas


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4 Comments on ““this is life””

  1. Luch
    September 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Having been at that race in Windsor I had goose bumps watching this clip. Well done Mikey. Thanks for keeping this amazing but relatively unknown sport to most people alive in this aging old man.

    I love what you did with this. So will your friends and family and fellow competitors.



  2. September 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    It killed me to have to watch and edit this clip over and over. It’s not my favourite memory at all. But like Quentin said, “this is life…”

    Keep busy living…

  3. Luciano Del Monte
    September 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    One of the very best ways to move forward in life is to face your fears and move towards them rather than away from them, and that includes ‘bad memories’ that we learn from.
    As our friend Soren K said,

    Life must be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.

    have a great first day surveying the ‘job site’.

    your ‘loudest’ fan,


  4. September 7, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    Great Video!

    The feelings evoked from the synergy of music and images must have been painful to recount, but what is refreshing is the NOW aspect of your journey.

    Keep the NOW relative and at the forefront, and don’t allow the past to burden your appreciation of feeling and living in the present. Your dad has some great quotes as well!

    Take care on the job!


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