mind and spirit
One obstacle runners will stumble upon is the unexpected DNF (did not finish). I have completed 13 ultras. I have had 4 DNFs. Each has taught me about humility, picking myself up and dusting myself off, persevering and plotting my next ultra. A DNF is not failure.
In this period of pressured work and vacation schedules, hectic travel logistics and economic and political stressors, we need to be especially vigilant about taking care of our own mental health -- not just for ourselves, but to be emotionally present for celebrations with friends and loved ones.
Deepak Chopra talks about religion and on the physical and spiritual qualities of the mind and communication.
My body and I have a long history together and it wasn't until recently that I recognized the true friendship and loyalty she has unrelentingly given me.