Quotes from Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall

Below are a few nuggets of gold I mined out of these pages. Among others, these quotes stood out to me. I highly recommend this piece of literature to any fellow runner…geek…scientist…historian…human…


“I never really discussed this with anyone because it sounds pretentious but I started ultra-running to become a better person. I thought if you could run 100 miles you’d be in this zen state…you’d be the fucking Buddha…bringing peace and a smile to the world. It didn’t work in my case. I’m the same old punk-ass as before. But there’s always that hope that it will turn you into the person you want to be: a better, more peaceful person. When I’m out on a long run the only thing that matters is finishing the run. For once my brain isn’t going ‘blah blah blah’ all the time. Everything quiets down and the only thing going on is pure flow. It’s just me and the movement and the motion. That’s what I love. Just being a barbarian, running through the woods.” -Jenn Shelton

“Poetry, music, forests, oceans, solitude…THEY were what developed enormous spiritual strength. I came to realize that spirit, as much or more than physical conditioning, had to be stored up before a race.” -Herb Elliot (Olympic Champion and World Record-Holder in the Mile, who trained barefoot, wrote poetry, and retired undefeated)

Fifty-five miles in one day. Her friends had to wonder, and worry. Did Ann have an eating disorder? An exercise obsession? Was she fleeing some subconscious Freudian demon by literally running away? “My friends would tell me I’m not addicted to crack, I’m addicted to endorphins,” Trason would say, and her comeback didn’t much put their minds at ease: she liked to tell them that running huge miles in the mountains was “very romantic.” Gotcha. Grueling, grimy, muddy, bloody, lonely trail-running equals moonlight and champagne. But yeah, Ann insisted, running was romantic; and no, of course her friends didn’t get it because they’d never broken through. For them, running was a miserable two miles motivated solely by size 6 jeans: get on the scale, get depressed, get your headphones on, and get it over with. But you can’t muscle through a five-hour run that way; you have to relax into it, like easing your body into a hot bath, until it no longer resists the shock and begins to enjoy it. Relax enough, and your body becomes so familiar with the cradle-rocking rhythm that you almost forget you’re moving. And once you break through to that soft, half-levitating flow, that’s when the moonlight and champagne show up: “You have to be in tune with your body, and know when you can push it and when to back off,” Ann would explain. You have to listen closely to the sound of your own breathing; be aware of how much sweat is beading on your back; make sure to treat yourself to cool water and a salty snack and ask yourself, honestly and often, exactly how you feel. What could be more sensual than paying exquisite attention to your own body? Sensual counted as romantic, right?

PRs

400m = 51 (split) (April 2012, NP/Bremen, Bremen High School, Bremen, IN)

800m = 1:58 (split) (May 2013, NP/Glenn/Jimtown, John Glenn High School, Walkerton, IN)

1500m = 4:06 (April 2015, Crusader Open, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN)

1600m = 4:21 (May 2013, IHSAA Regionals, Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso, IN)

3200m = 9:32 (March 2013, Hoosier State Relays Qualifier, Trine University, Angola, IN)

5k = 15:51 (October 2012, IHSAA Regionals, New Prairie High School, New Carlisle, IN)

10k = 33:31 (November 2015, Niles Thanksgiving Day Run, Niles, MI)

Half-Marathon = 1:13:56 – split (November 2018, Indianapolis Marathon, Indianapolis, IN)

Marathon = 2:31:47 (November 2018, Indianapolis Marathon, Indianapolis, IN)

50k = 3:16:16 – split (April 2018, Kal-Haven Trail Run, Kalamazoo, MI)

50-mile = N/A

100k =N/A

100-mile = N/A

The Lone Wolf

The Lone Wolf

Bitter the cold, the night.

Banking on faith, His pride.

A Michigan winter.

Deep in the pines.

 

Snug, nearby, His den.

Inside, concealed, lies He.

‘Tis the eve of battle.

A battle of effort, survival, of poetry.

 

A wounded moose, the finish line, the prize.

A race against time.

Long years have passed.

Finally, it has come.

 

Eyelids flicker, settling.

A deep sleep.

A dream, unforced.

His mind, unsettled.

 

The Wolf in a pack.

A pack with the Wolf.

Halfway there.

Painfully, The Lone Wolf wavers, commits.

 

Forging ahead, He strains.

Pushing past the pack.

The lead is taken, extends.

Pain clinging, fading.

 

Euphoria.

The Wolf, the Alpha.

Solo.

The world below Him, behind.

 

The moose within sight.

Survival, the prize, within grasp.

His chains, broken.

The Lone Wolf, alone, conquering.

 

Lonesome, He falls.

Crawling, scrambling, fighting.

Strength, betraying.

Cannot get up. Cannot look back.

 

The pack, closing in.

Fear, setting in.

Gravity, opposing.

Hope, disappearing.

 

Time, waning.

The pack, approaching, passing.

The win, slipping.

Moose, the prize, out of His control.

 

Grief, the indescribable kind.

Real, tangible heartbreak.

Torn, He concedes.

A mental debt.

 

Here in the den.

Where the shadows lie.

A deep sleep.

Eyelids flicker, opening.

 

An Michigan winter.

Deep in the pines.

The Lone Wolf, alone.

The race awaits.

 

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NP Distance Records

800m (sub-2:05)

  1. Ryan Pesce, 1:55.2 (12)
  2. David Kampf, 1:57.29 (12 – 2015 – State)
  3. Ian Silver, 1:57.73 (12 – 2012 – Sectionals)
  4. Nick Arndt, 1:58 (split) (12 – 2013 – Glenn/Jimtown)
  5. Joe Wagner, 1:59.79 (2003 – Sectionals)
  6. Kyle Smiley, 2:00 (split) (12 – 2009)
  7. Hans Humbarger, 2:00.67 (2003 – NSC)
  8. Mike McClaran, 2:00.8 (12 – 1990 – NSC)
  9. Kyle Barnes, 2:01 (split) (10 – 2009)
  10. Ryan Toth, 2:02.06 (12 – 2007 – NSC)
  11. Jacob Corbett, 2:02.09 (12 – 2019 – Wheeler Invite)
  12. Collin Babcock, 2:02.85 (11 – 2015 – Sectionals)
  13. Tyler Szynal, 2:03 (split) (12 – 2012)

1600m (sub-4:35)

  1. Kyle Smiley, 4:13.88 (12 – 2009 – Midwest Distance Gala)
  1. Jacob Corbett, 4:17.09 (12 – 2019 – Regionals)
  1. Ryan Pesce, 4:19.3 (12)
  2. Nick Arndt, 4:21.45 (12 – 2013 – Regionals)
  3. David Kampf, 4:25.04 (11 – 2014 – Sectionals)
  4. Dave DeNeve, 4:25 (NSC)
  5. Mike McClaran, 4:26.0 (11 – 1989 – NSC)
  6. Joe Baltes, 4:27.3 (11 – 1994 – NSC)
  7. Ian Silver, 4:27.98 (11 – 2011 – Regionals)
  8. Glenn Arndt, 4:29 (split) (12 – 1992 – Goshen Relays)
  9. Ryan Toth, 4:31.10 (12 – 2007 – NSC)

3200m (sub-10:00)

  1. Jacob Corbett, 9:20.14 (12 – 2019 – State)
  1. Mike McClaran, 9:24.95
  2. Kyle Smiley, 9:25.24 (12 – 2009 – HSR)
  3. Joe Baltes, 9:26.65 (12 – 1995 – State)
  1. Nick Arndt, 9:32.48 (12 – 2013 – HSRQ)
  2. Mike Claeys, 9:32.52
  3. Ryan Toth, 9:33.23 (12 – 2007 – State)
  4. Glenn Arndt, 9:39.9 (12 – 1992 – Regionals)
  5. Dave DeNeve, 9:40.0 (11 – 1988 – Sectionals)
  6. David Kampf, 9:40.34 (11 – 2014 – Sectionals)
  7. Blake Lawson, 9:41.04 (12 – 2011 – HSR)
  8. Tim O’Laughlin, 9:45.99 (11 – 2019 – Sectionals)
  9. Coley Pesce, 9:58.7 (1988 – Sectionals)

XC – Home (sub-17:00)

  1. Mike McClaran, 15:32 (12 – 1989 – Sectionals)
  2. Joe Baltes, 15:45 (12 – 1994 – NP Invite)
  3. Coley Pesce, 15:50 (1988 – Sectionals)
  4. Mike Claeys, 15:50 (12 – 2003 – NP Invite)
  5. Nick Arndt, 15:51.6 (12 – 2012 – Regionals)
  6. Blake Lawson, 15:53.5 (12 – 2010 – NP Invite)
  7. Dave DeNeve, 15:54 (12 – 1988 – Regionals)
  8. Ryan Pesce, 16:03 (1986 – Triangular)
  9. Troy Skaggs, 16:03 (1994 – Regionals)
  10. Ian Silver, 16:05.6 (12 – 2011 – Semi-State)
  11. Mike Singleton, 16:09 (1994)
  12. Glenn Arndt, 16:13 (12 – 1991)
  13. Gavin Gresham, 16:14.5 (12 – 2015 – Semi-State)
  14. Ryan Toth, 16:15.57 (12 – 2006 – Semi-State)
  15. David Kampf, 16:15.9 (11 – 2013 – Semi-State)
  16. Kyle Smiley, 16:22.67 (12 – 2008 – Semi-State)
  17. Jarrod Michael, 16:30.4 (11 – 2017 – Regionals)
  18. Jerry Baltes, 16:34 (1992)
  19. Shannon Barnhart, 16:34 (1994)
  20. Ryan Schreiber, 16:34 (11 – 1996)
  21. Jacob Corbett, 16:37.6 (12 – 2018 – Semi-State)
  22. Kerry Moore, 16:42 (1993 – LaPorte/LaSalle)
  23. Brian Rydzinski, 16:46 (1992)
  24. Tim O’Laughlin, 16:46.6 (11 – 2018 – Regionals)
  25. Eric Rehlander, 16:47 (1996 – NSC)
  26. Jon Woolsey, 16:48 (1982)
  27. Robert Stanish, 16:48 (1997 – NSC)
  28. Tyler Szynal, 16:50.0 (12 – 2011 – NSC)
  29. Justin Baltes, 16:54.7 (12 – 2015 – Regionals)
  30. Grahm Johnson, 16:56.52 (12 – 2005 – Semi-State)

XC – Away (sub-17:00)

  1. Mike McClaran, 15:04 (12 – 1989 – State)
  2. Dave DeNeve, 15:19 (11 – 1987 – State)
  3. Joe Baltes, 15:37 (10 – 1992 – State)
  4. Mike Claeys, 15:37 (12 – 2003 – SB Stampede)
  5. Glenn Arndt, 15:43 (12 – 1991 – State)
  6. Coley Pesce, 15:51 (1988 – CMA)
  7. Kyle Smiley, 15:52.1 (12 – 2008 – State)
  8. Nick Arndt, 15:52 (12 – 2012 – AAU Junior Olympics)
  9. Blake Lawson, 15:54 (12 – 2010 – CMA)
  10. Troy Skaggs, 16:06 (1994 – State)
  11. Ryan Schreiber, 16:07 (12 – 1997)
  12. Jerry Baltes, 16:12 (1992 – St. Pat’s)
  13. Mike Singleton, 16:15 (1994 – State)
  14. Ian Silver, 16:16 (12 – 2011 – CMA)
  15. Ryan Toth, 16:17 (12 – 2006)
  16. Eric Rehlander, 16:19 (1996 – Manchester Invite)
  17. David Kampf, 16:20.24 (11 – 2013 – SB Stampede)
  18. Jacob Corbett, 16:21.5 (12 – 2018 – NIC)
  19. David VanWanzeele, 16:22 (2001 – Manchester Invite)
  20. Jarrod Michael, 16:22.58 (11 – 2017 – NIC)
  21. Shannon Barnhart, 16:23 (1994 – State)
  22. Gavin Gresham, 16:23.57 (12 – 2015 – Sectionals)
  23. Ryan Pesce, 16:27 (1986 – St. Pat’s)
  24. Kerry Moore, 16:30 (1993 – State)
  25. Brian Zelasko, 16:35 (1994 – State)
  26. Jon Woolsey, 16:39 (1982 – Manchester Invite)
  27. Jacob Hughes, 16:41.64 (10 – 2014 – Sectionals)
  28. Tyler Szynal, 16:41.85 (11 – 2010 – Sectionals)
  29. Scott Rehlander, 16:44 (1995 – State)
  30. Tim O’Laughlin, 16:45.98 (11 – 2018 – NIC)
  31. Matt Aurenz, 16:46 (1999 – State)
  32. Justin Baltes, 16:48.0 (12 – 2015 – Harrison Invite)
  33. Tim Adams, 16:48 (1982 – Manchester Invite)
  34. Josh Baltes, 16:49.90 (11 – 2019 – Harrison Invite)
  35. Brian Rydzinski, 16:51 (1992 – St. Pat’s)
  36. Brad Hillman, 16:58 (1989 – State)
  37. Brandon Corbett, 16:58.68 (12 – 2018 – NIC)
  38. Robert Stanish, 16:59.9 (1997 – State)

NPCC Course Top Times (Girls)

*athlete’s BEST time (no multiples)
*sub 19:00
*since 2007 (4K moved to 5K)

  1. Ashley Erba, Warsaw, 17:06.9 (12 – 2012 – Semi-State)
  2. Anna Rohrer, Mishawaka, 17:14.1 (11 – 2012 – NP Invite)
  3. Bobbie Burgess, West Lafayette, 17:38.0 (12 – 2012 – Semi-State)
  4. Waverly Neer, Culver Military Academy, 17:53.9 (12 – 2010 – Semi-State)
  5. Lauren Johnson, West Lafayette, 17:58.5 (12 – 2015 – Semi-State)
  6. Alex Banfich, Culver Military Academy, 17:58.62 (12 – 2007 – NP Invite)
  7. Jordyn Boyer, Lowell, 17:58.7 (11 – 2017 – Semi-State)
  8. Maddie Woods, Penn, 18:00.7 (2014 – NP Invite)
  9. Elena Lancioni, LaPorte, 18:09.7 (12 – 2013 – NP Invite)
  10. Margo Hornocker, Oak Hill, 18:12.2 (12 – 2017 – NP Invite)
  11. Valerie Burns, Penn, 18:12.27 (10 – 2007 – NP Invite)
  12. Ava Gilliana, Valparaiso, 18:13.4 (10 – 2017 – Semi-State)
  13. Dana Payonk, Lake Central, 18:17.61 (11 – 2008 – Semi-State)
  14. Bethany Neeley, Eastern (Greentown), 18:18.3 (12 – 2012 – Semi-State)
  15. Logan Ferngren, Valparaiso, 18:20.1 (2015 – Regionals)
  16. Mia Beckham, Warsaw, 18:20.2 (12 – 2017 – Semi-State)
  17. Abby Hostetler, Fremont, 18:20.4 (2012 – NP Invite)
  18. Maggie Gutwein, Twin Lakes, 18:20.4 (11 – 2017 – NP Invite)
  19. Kaisa Goodman, West Lafayette, 18:21.0 (12 – 2010 – Semi-State)
  20. Bailey Beery, Bellmont, 18:22.5 (10 – 2013 – NP Invite)
  21. Megan Ranegar, Valparaiso, 18:22.71 (11 – 2007 – NP Invite)
  22. Mary Schultz, West Lafayette, 18:24.4 (12 – 2018 – Semi-State)
  23. Kristen Johnson, West Lafayette, 18:26.0 (12 – 2015 – Semi-State)
  24. Kayla McCulloch, East Noble, 18:26.9 (11 – 2017 – NP Invite)
  25. Anna Aldrich, Fremont, 18:27.0 (2012 – NP Invite)
  26. Shelby Riehle, LaPorte, 18:29.4 (11 – 2017 – NP Invite)
  27. Sarah Hunsley, Lake Central, 18:30.7 (12 – 2016 – Semi-State)
  28. Jordan Chester, Boone Grove, 18:32.5 (11 – 2010 – Semi-State)
  29. Morgan Dyer, Elkhart Memorial, 18:32.8 (10 – 2017 – NP Invite)
  30. Shelby Bullock, Chesterton, 18:32.9 (11 – 2017 – Semi-State)
  31. Corinne Cominator, Northridge, 18:34.0 (2011 – NP Invite)
  32. Ellie Tate, West Lafayette, 18:32.2 (12 – 2018 – Semi-State)
  33. Delaney Barber, West Lafayette, 18:35.1 (11 – 2013 – Semi-State)
  34. Christina Blair, Wheeler, 18:35.32 (10 – 2008 – Regionals)
  35. Madeline Lilly, Twin Lakes, 18:35.9 (10 – 2013 – Semi-State)
  36. Karina James, Lowell, 18:36.8 (9 – 2018 – Semi-State)
  37. Brianna Johnson, FW Carroll, 18:38.0 (12 – 2010 – NP Invite)
  38. Lauren Dibley, Elkhart Central, 18:38.2 (11 – 2018 – NP Invite)
  39. Ericka Rinehart, Angola, 18:38.7 (2011 – NP Invite)
  40. Autumn Beachy, DeKalb, 18:39.40 (10 – 2007 – NP Invite)
  41. Katelyn DeVries, Valparaiso, 18:39.5 (12 – 2011 – Semi-State)
  42. Lauren McCarroll, Crown Point, 18:39.8 (2011 – Semi-State)
  43. Hannah Wylie, Crown Point, 18:40.6 (12 – 2017 – Semi-State)
  44. Becca Conley, Andrean, 18:41.5 (2011 – Semi-State)
  45. Taryn Thor, Northwestern, 18:41.6 (12 – 2013 – Semi-State)
  46. Kayla McCulloch, East Noble, 18:41.6 (12 – 2018 – NP Invite)
  47. Anna Reibs, FW Concordia, 18:41.9 (2011 – NP Invite)
  48. Linsey Daluga, West Lafayette, 18:42.05 (12 – 2008 – Semi-State)
  49. Rachel Thompson, New Prairie, 18:42.1 (12 – 2013 – Semi-State)
  50. Brooke Moore, Elkhart Memorial, 18:42.3 (2014 – NP Invite)
  51. Kelsey Lewark, West Lafayette, 18:42.80 (12 – 2008 – Semi-State)
  52. Anna Bearss, Rochester, 18:43.0 (2012 – NP Invite)
  53. Taylor Austin, Griffith, 18:44.8 (2011 – Semi-State)
  54. Celena Guerrero, Hobart, 18:45.7 (12 – 2013 – Semi-State)
  55. Shelby Carroll, Lake Central, 18:46.3 (2011 – Semi-State)
  56. Laicee Pierce, Crown Point, 18:46.8 (2010 – Semi-State)
  57. Jaelyn Burgos, Chesterton, 18:46.8 (10 – 2018 – Semi-State)
  58. Kristina Galat, Penn, 18:47.0 (2011 – NP Invite)
  59. Maddie Russin, Crown Point, 18:47.3 (10 – 2017 – Semi-State)
  60. Katerina Shuble, LaPorte, 18:47.4 (12 – 2017 – Semi-State)
  61. Mollie Gamble, Oak Hill, 18:47.5 (10 – 2017 – NP Invite)
  62. Jenna Halderman, Northfield, 18:47.8 (2011 – Semi-State)
  63. Danielle Frank, Penn, 18:47.8 (10 – 2013 – NP Invite)
  64. Kyra Ball, Portage, 18:48.0 (2015 – Regionals)
  65. Marina Konow, FW Concordia, 18:48.1 (11 – 2012 – NP Invite)
  66. Jenny Noll, LaPorte, 18:48.2 (2015 – Regionals)
  67. Mary Davis, Bishop Chatard, 18:48.5 (2011 – NP Invite)
  68. Cailey Daluga, West Lafayette, 18:49.3 (2012 – NP Invite)
  69. Grace Lachmund, West Lafayette, 18:50.0 (2010 – Semi-State)
  70. Lauren Frank, Penn, 18:51.4 (11 – 2016 – NP Invite)
  71. Tiffany Fortney, Valparaiso, 18:52.0 (2010 – Semi-State)
  72. Kyleigh Werner, South Central, 18:52.0 (2012 – Regionals)
  73. Victoria Heiligenthal, Milford, 18:52.8 (12 – 2018 – NP Invite)
  74. Karina James, Lowell, 18:53.5 (9 – 2018 – NP Invite)
  75. Rachel Zajac, Lake Central, 18:53.52 (12 – 2008 – Semi-State)
  76. Amanda Farrough, SB Clay, 18:53.6 (2012 – NP Invite)
  77. Miah Martin, Cass, 18:53.7 (10 – 2016 – Semi-State)
  78. Megan Plenus, Lake Central, 18:54.24 (10 – 2007 – Semi-State)
  79. Terra Norman, Portage, 18:55.14 (9 – 2008 – Semi-State)
  80. Elizabeth Stanhope, Pike, 18:55.4 (12 – 2018 – NP Invite)
  81. Alison Mundell, Valparaiso, 18:56.0 (9 – 2011 – NP Invite)
  82. Rae Bedke, Manchester, 18:56.1 (12 – 2016 – NP Invite)
  83. Emma Tate, West Lafayette, 18:57.1 (12 – 2018 – Semi-State)
  84. Catherine Cavinder, Kankakee Valley, 18:57.9 (10 – 2016 – Semi-State)
  85. Mary Schultz, West Lafayette, 18:58.9 (11 – 2017 – Semi-State)
  86. Kelsie Wuethrich, Rensselaer Central, 18:59.1 (9 – 2016 – Semi-State)

*last update: October 20, 2018