Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Avoiding pain

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 with 3 comments
We live in a culture where most people go out of their way to avoid pain. (Also where a very small minority go out of their way to experience pain, but we won't go there). But a society which is driven by comfort and by pain avoidance is a boring, artificial, and ultimately destructive place to be in.

Have a headache? Take an Aspirin. Have marital issues? Get a divorce, or have an affair. Don’t like the way you look? Cosmetic surgery, or a new wardrobe. Hungry? Chocolate, or Kentucky Fried, await you day and night.

Well, don't let's cave in to the majority view. A huge benefit of distance running is, we learn life skills for enduring necessary pain. This is all very different from the majority, which prefers to avoid pain whenever possible. Let's not lose out to the pressures society puts on us, let us instead apply what we learn as runners and athletes, to all parts of our life.

Fly goose fly!


1. On this Thursday evening's program
6.00 3000m
6.15 100m
7.30 400m
8.00 4x200m Relay
8.15 3000/5000m

2. There will be discussion on the success or otherwise of the joint Track and Field meetings of the last two weeks(and the desirability of us taking part). Please send feedback to Alice, who would like to hear from as many of you as attended. For or against (with reasons) - either would be useful.

3. I say the opportunity to run with different opponents is good, merging the two groups for a time can only benefit both groups, especially when numbers may be down, Mutual respect grows. And I enjoyed the change. Please send Alice your views.



  1. great post Geoff - simple, too the point, yet a good point at that. Reminds me of a series of books I read about an alien race that believed in enduring pain and achieving excellence through it.

  2. I'll email Alice. I think it was excellent. With the seeded starts you have 12-year-olds racing vets of 60 or older - very inspiring for both.

    On the pain thing... I wish my legs and feet would allow me to run fast enough to produce some pain!

  3. It's refreshing to see PAIN presented from an angle that is so down-to-earth and still be persuasive =) There is much of real-life application here, and I appreciated your raising of that point.