Dr. Strassberg stood at the front of my sociology class and asked, "What makes a grown man think jumping from a ten story building is a better idea than standing still?"
As a group we could probably come up with a entire list of ideas. On that particular day I rose my hand and answered, "A fire in his room." And thus I was taught that all people can perform seemingly crazy actions given the right motivations. Dr. Strassberg -a strong woman mentor for me- went on to teach the writings of modern greats such as Mihaly Csikszentmihaly (ever hear of "Flow"?) and Antonio Damasio - but her question that day has rattled around in my brain these 8 years since my first class with her.
One could ask - "Why does a 32-year old woman (with bad knees, I hasten to add) decide to run 26.2 miles?" It is clearly a crazy action. Technically marathons are not good for the body. But are they good for the soul? What is the fire in my room pushing me to think that running is a better idea to standing still? I don't know yet...but travel with me over these next 200 miles of training and we'll be a few steps closer to the answer.