• EVENT CALENDAR
    Click the event name for full details.
    EVENT NAME LOCATION DATE
    Gobi March China 1 Jun 2014
    RacingThePlanet: Madagascar Madagascar 31 Aug 2014
    Atacama Crossing Chile 5 Oct 2014
    The Last Desert Antarctica 1 Nov 2014
    Sahara Race Jordan 8 Mar 2015
    Gobi March China 31 May 2015
    Atacama Crossing Chile 4 Oct 2015
  • NEWSLETTER
    * Please fill out all fields

     

    Albania
    • Afghanistan
    • Albania
    • Algeria
    • Andorra
    • Angola
    • Anguilla
    • Antarctica
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Aruba
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Benin
    • Bermuda
    • Bhutan
    • Bolivia
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Bouvet Island
    • Brazil
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Bulgaria
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cambodia
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • Cape Verde
    • Cayman Islands
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Chile
    • China
    • Christmas Island
    • Cocos (Keeling Islands)
    • Colombia
    • Comoros
    • Congo
    • Cook Islands
    • Costa Rica
    • Croatia (Hrvatska)
    • Cuba
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Denmark
    • Djibouti
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • East Timor
    • Ecuador
    • Egypt
    • El Salvador
    • England
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Estonia
    • Ethiopia
    • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
    • Faroe Islands
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • French Guiana
    • French Polynesia
    • French Southern Territories
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Gibraltar
    • Greece
    • Greenland
    • Grenada
    • Guadeloupe
    • Guam
    • Guatemala
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Heard and McDonald Islands
    • Honduras
    • Hong Kong
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kenya
    • Kiribati
    • Korea (North)
    • Korea (South)
    • Kuwait
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Laos
    • Latvia
    • Lebanon
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Libya
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Macau
    • Macedonia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mali
    • Malta
    • Marshall Islands
    • Martinique
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mayotte
    • Mexico
    • Micronesia
    • Moldova
    • Monaco
    • Mongolia
    • Montserrat
    • Morocco
    • Mozambique
    • Myanmar
    • Namibia
    • Nauru
    • Nepal
    • Netherlands
    • Netherlands Antilles
    • New Caledonia
    • New Zealand
    • Nicaragua
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Niue
    • Norfolk Island
    • Northern Ireland
    • Northern Mariana Islands
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Palau
    • Palestine
    • Panama
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Pitcairn
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Puerto Rico
    • Qatar
    • Reunion
    • Romania
    • Russian Federation
    • Rwanda
    • S. Georgia and S. Sandwich Isls.
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
    • Samoa
    • San Marino
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Scotland
    • Senegal
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Singapore
    • Slovak Republic
    • Slovenia
    • Solomon Islands
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • Spain
    • Sri Lanka
    • St. Helena
    • St. Pierre and Miquelon
    • Sudan
    • Suriname
    • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
    • Swaziland
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Syria
    • Taiwan
    • Tajikistan
    • Tanzania
    • Thailand
    • Togo
    • Tokelau
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • Tuvalu
    • Uganda
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
    • Uruguay
    • US Minor Outlying Islands
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vanuatu
    • Vatican City State (Holy See)
    • Venezuela
    • Vietnam
    • Virgin Islands (British)
    • Virgin Islands (US)
    • Wales
    • Wallis and Futuna Islands
    • Western Sahara
    • Yemen
    • Yugoslavia
    • Zaire
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
    EVENT NEWSLETTER
    Highlights on events, media coverage and new items.
    GEAR BULLETIN
    News on special discounts and latest information on equipment, clothing and nutrition products.
Follow Me on Pinterest

RacingThePlanet: Madagascar 2014 Blogs

hello running world
23-Jul-2014 02:28:17 AM [(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time(US & Canada)]

This is my first ever blog post, a dubious moment to note and celebrate? Perhaps.  Nevertheless, here I am.


In the past I have cast silent aspersions on the practice of blogging because I imagined the context fairly self-serving / inward looking (hello world, please hear me talk…don’t worry I won’t listen in return).  However, this blog has a selection process built into the premise: we are all covering 155 miles in Madagascar, we are all running nerds, and for the most part this forum is one to share thoughts, tips, sage words of advice (on important topics like thigh chaffing, for example). Alas, while I bemoan the undercurrent of narcissism in the blogosphere, I will likely use this space for out-loud musings and less for practical advice.  I am an academic.  We can’t help ourselves.  You have been warned.

 

As background, this is my context: I started running for a track club at six.  I was fast and the coach said so.  At the time that was enough. I committed.  I ran the 400m in high school and the half-mile for a competitive college program. I was good but not great.  I have run in many topographies (to name a few): Thailand, New Zealand, India, Alabama, around the Eiffel Tower, Scotland, Nepal, and on the sun kissed dirt trail outside my father’s house in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  My 33 years include countless blessings and I experience many of them somatically while in motion, covering miles.  I have Mercury’s winged shoe tattooed on my hip.  It is not super original, at lest not amongst my collegiate running brethren... and yet, running is one of the truest ways I enter the world and I wanted my forever ink to say as much. 


However, like Murakami explained in What I Talk about When I Talk about Running, it is an activity of quiet pain and steady effort.  With Murakami in mind, today I feel I have permission to admit I hate running. I hate the difficulty.  I hate the “trial of miles.”  Last Saturday was 30 miles with the backpack (weighted to about 25lbs). Two days later 10 miles at an easy but steady clip (1:25 overall time).  My feet ache (the perfect shoe is proving to be an illusive task), my professional work piles up and won’t stop just because I am training, and I could use more sleep.  On the horizon: two days of cross training (crossfit), yoga, and then 3 rounds of repeat 10 miles with increasing rest between (1.5 hrs after first rep, 3hrs after second). 

 

So how do I shift my intention?  How do I reframe the task?

I have been reading the psychologist Jerome Bruner for my PhD life.  Bruner explains in his book Acts of Meaning that one of the great human tools inside our tool kit is an individual's capacity to create stories that provide and bolster personal meaning.  That this process is a way of navigating the chaos of life: “the method of negotiating and renegotiating meanings by the mediation of narrative interoperation is, it seems to me, on of the crowning achievements of human development.” Yes, right now, I hate running.  But part of the story I tell about myself, to myself and to the world, is what I have shared above.  I am a runner.  I negotiate the rough patches with that narrative.  Ultimately, I think it is possible to hate the specificity of the 'weekly toll' while still honoring and loving the wider conceptualization.  So tonight I conclude that I might hate running, for now.  But I imagine, no, I know, that will change- because I love being a runner.

Our Partners
MATT LEWIS
RacingThePlanet: Madagascar 2014

Hometown
Santa Fe, NM

Profession
Obscure humanities PhD candidate

Race Stats
Equipment List

Other Races

MATT LEWIS
RacingThePlanet: Madagascar 2014 competitor

Bio

Academia by way of nonprofit work by way of selling scripts and books in the entertainment industry.

Hometown
Santa Fe, NM

Profession
Obscure humanities PhD candidate

Why are you competing?
reminder that joy and fun are not always the same
thing. The former often requires everything you
have - pain, sweat, training, effort upon effort -
while the latter a tv-couch-evening-after-work.
Both have there place and time. Good to know
difference.

Race Stats
Equipment List

Other Races