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Rhiannon Hull and running are synonymous. If you like the idea of pushing yourself to the limits and reaching some, this story will take you there. Read the story first, then take a look at the accompanying video. The video has a spoiler. 

Rhiannon'sstory is all about a fine mix of athleticism, following your heart and smiling while living with imperfect reality.

Takeaways for me were that performance improves with a clear goal in sight. Mother nature trumps all the best intentions. And, fantasy has its place in the world. 

I loved this story. Hope you do, too!

If you like stories and thoughts along these lines, come visit to our Mind, Body and Spirit group. 

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Comment by Michael Levin on April 4, 2012 at 1:17pm

Kanapahah Park

Sounds like nirvana to me. Now there's a pond called Chapman's Pond back there. There's a sign describing how it's on the Great Florida Birding Trail. There's a park bench on a rise overlooking the pond. The pond is full of birds and bullfrogs, etc. It's enclosed by a tall cyclone fence with barbed wire on top, but even so it's beautiful and a great place to go at sunset. Of course, I took a bunch of photos. Click here to see them. Enjoy!

Comment by Tim Kinney on April 4, 2012 at 12:37pm

Yeah.  I hadn't seen her blog yet, though. She was incredible.

About Kanapaha.  When I moved to Gainesville in 1975,  I bought an old Mobile Home in West Gate Park for $3000.  I was way in the back and only a short woods separated me from Kanapaha. Of course, there was nothing there in those days except woods, lake, and wide open spaces.  We used to wander around back there all the time.

Comment by Michael Levin on April 4, 2012 at 9:42am

You are on. I just discovered Kanapaha Park, out here in suburbia. It has a lake in back and some nice trails, but best of all it's got wide open spaces for frisbee. And, anywhere is cool - we need to do some riding, too! So, did you read the Rhiannon Hull story? I felt like I knew her and the story just unfolded into what it was. Her eco-mama blog is up and there's a YouTube video she did from Costa Rica...I don't want to spoil the story for anyone who hasn't read the Sports Illustrated story yet. Man, I am still thinking about it.   That's a great dog photo!

Comment by Tim Kinney on April 4, 2012 at 9:35am

Yep, it is!  We should play fris-golf some time.

Comment by Michael Levin on April 4, 2012 at 9:29am

I totally relate. I still feel like a teenager. And, it nails me when someone points out that I'm a grup. Actually, bittersweet feelings about that because I have a whole bunch of great memories and experiences coupled with a gigantic bucket list. I know you do, too. I swear, I still feel like a kid and I keep my frisbee with me at all times. Life is incredibly good, isn't it?

Comment by Tim Kinney on April 4, 2012 at 9:21am

Sure I know Rose!!!  We started talking about alt energy at the Bike & Coffee House, and I loaned her an old book I had on producing your own hydrogen.  Anyway, she left it laying around her Dad's house and he saw my name on the book, and said "Hey, I know that guy!"  Al and I worked at Channel 5 years ago.  That will make you feel old. ;0(

I get into a conversation with a twenty-something person, and I'm unaware of the age difference, because I stay in touch with my inner ten year old.  But, every once in a while, I get a reminder.

Comment by Michael Levin on April 3, 2012 at 7:01pm

Thanks, Tim - I'll check it out. Found it here.  And, the Rhiannon story *is* about running, isn't it, but a character study, too. Makes me want to go to Costa Rica. I have been there once, to Monte Verde, the upper Pacific coast and one more place near the volcano called Tabacan. You may have met Rose Sapenstein, an 8ABC patron and friend. She was educated with the Waldorf method, so I had heard of it before. 

Comment by Tim Kinney on April 3, 2012 at 3:35pm

Wow! What a tragic story. Now I feel stupid mentioning The Long Run. I thought it was going to be a running story.

Comment by Tim Kinney on April 3, 2012 at 3:22pm

That looks interesting, Michael.  I'll check it out.  I recently read The Long Run by Mishka Shubaly. I got it as a Kindle single, but I think it's available in paper also.  It's the story of a hard drinking musician who breaks out of his addictions by taking on a new one; long distance running.  He's still has that addiction, but he's much healthier now ;0)

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