...Although I didn't plan on timing my completion of Olympian Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano's new and insightful book"Running the Edge" to occur in conjunction with today being Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day (G.O.H.A.R.D; as initiated by the aforementioned fastie duo); it fell into place quite nicely.
Most chapters in the book contain "checkpoints" where the reader is challenged to take a look at where they truly stand on each of the aforementioned attributes. I did all the exercises in the book and I recommend the reader do the same for maximum benefit. Throughout Running the Edge, the reader is challenged to reflect on how they can improve in each area in order to actively work towards achieving our "ideal selves". The reader is informed that this is not an easy task, but as distance runners, we are as capable of anyone of bridging this gap. According to the authors, this path to self-understanding is a big part of "the way of the maven".