After several years--indeed, the love affair has only intensified--I rely mightily on my Sirius XM Radio for musical enjoyment and inspiration.
Just today I heard a David Bowie song--Heroes--that I had not heard for some time. The passage of time enabled me to hear it from an Ultrarunner's perspective.
I think it probably hits on one of the key precepts of why we run these vast distances: we could be heroes. We have our everyday lives, but for one day, when we don the mantle of an Ultrarunner--we could be heroes. We could be set apart from every other human being on the planet.
This tune is so not at all about athletic acheivement, but I think of it in that way anyway. The music and the main lyric are so catchy:
We could be heroes
Just for one day.
If that day is our day, the day when "suddenly it is all as easy as a bird in flight," then we can achieve distances or times that were formerly uimaginable.
Like when I cracked the 24 hour barrier for 100 miles at Umstead in 2010, when--seriously--all I was hoping for was to finish.
You all have your stories, I am sure, of the day when you were a hero, if just for one day.