Being a Barbarian

Jenn didn’t have a coach or a training program; she didn’t even own a watch. She just rolled out of bed every morning, downed a veggie burger, and ran as far and as fast as she felt like, which usually turned out to be about twenty miles…

‘I’ve never really discussed this with anyone because it sounds pretentious, but I started running ultras to become a better person… I thought if you could run one hundred miles, you’d be in this Zen state. You’d be a 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 in life that matters is finishing the run. For once, my brain isn’t going blehblehbleh 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.'”

Weekly McDougall Born to Run 148-149


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