Thought this was a good quote for Friday, as I prepare mentally and physically for my 3rd 20 miler. (Although ascetics is a bit of a stretch!)
We runners talk about having fun but I don't think anybody believes us. We talk about discipline and endurance, we take care, we exercise caution, we watch our diets and monitor our pace. We are ascetics who talk, unconvincingly, of the bracing enjoyment of self-abuse.