Calm and strong along the runner’s trail

Effortlessly, air diffuses into the body, filling the belly with the purest form of fuel. Oxygen floods the bloodstream, penetrating every cell. The mitochondria, the cellular children, devour the oxygen like candy, returning a surge of ATP in gratitude for the treat.

Pacifying the mind yet empowering the muscles, this air expands the belly to transform the core into a powerhouse of stability. Tranquilized, the jaw becomes jello. The shoulders relax into a rhythmic swing that guides the gait cycle. The torso calcifies into a concrete cylinder, resilient and reinforced by a combustion of internal energy. Gently supported by the core, the hips float without strain above the terrain. The pelvis glides directly forward, immobile in all other planes. The earth below transforms into a still sea, unperturbed as the weightless feet barely graze its glistening surface.

Despite this calm, despite this buoyancy, the body is impenetrably strong. The torso comprises an iron rod, elongating and bracing the spine from tail to tip. Two other rods, parallel to the first, extend from each hip to the ground. The heel slides with ease up this rod to kiss the buttock before gracefully returning to brush the earth.

From this calm the body learns balance. From this strength the soul discovers life.

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