JuliaA Fri, Aug 10 2012 Likes0 1 Comment Facebook0 Twitter0 Ain't No Mountain High Enough On Friday I am flying to Geneva and then taking a train to the mountains. I love being in the mountains. In the eighties, I spent time there and found a peace within myself that was eluding me at home. The month I spent there allowed me to experience the energy and power of the mountains, demonstrating that I could feel at ease and free from the anxiety which was my constant companion at home. This ever present anxiety manifested itself in the form of a disorder around food and eating. I was constantly striving to be leaner and slimmer for running - coupled with an anxiety that the pace of races would be too painful for me to maintain and I would struggle to achieve the times I desired! This simply fled in the mountains and of course my eating issues vanished with it. I saw I could be at ease, with that came a deep relaxation and inner peace. Somehow racing up mountains didn't hold the same pressure as racing a 10k or marathon, even though I achieved record times for some of the races I ran! It took me many years of practice to find the joy of living that I found all those years ago in Switzerland. The mountains gave me a portal into a relaxed state and offered me keys to my own inner freedom. You must respect the majesty and power of the mountains. The air up there is thin making it nearly impossible to race. We have to adapt to the mountains and they simply accept our presence, remain still, clear and strong. They ask that we let go of trying and simply surrender into putting one foot in front of the other. I remember reading Bear Grylls account of climbing Everest; he said that, when climbing he learnt it was vital to keep moving and continue taking small steps. This is a lesson we could all learn, whatever challenge we are facing. Being in the mountains extinguished my ego and achieving a certain time and distance became less important. In the journey of achieving a certain time we gain awareness of ourselves and we cannot hide anymore. The main attraction and joy of running is the chance to be free, it is a space where we are equal and can reveal ourselves and join together in our own individual quests. And so on Sunday I am to run 20 miles up a mountain! My sister and her family are holidaying out there. They come over to be a part of the festival. I have just been on YouTube to get a bit of a feel for the course! It looks steep and rocky, narrow pathed and up a mountain! More from Juliaa Interval Sessions, Long Runs and Kettlebells The Tao of Running I Just Love to Run A Brilliant Weekend in Horwich My speed work is feeling fast and my strength is building with the kettle bell work. The miles are flowing out of me again, seemingly effortlessly. On Sunday as we ran along the seafront having completed 19 of our 20 mile run. I had a brilliant weekend in Horwich; I had as much fun in the rainy wet of a coldish June weekend. New to the Running Bug? We're the online community for runners with over 65,000 members! Join today - it's free and easy - and you'll get access to all our running events, training schedules and advice, groups, blogs and forums. JOIN THE RUNNING BUG HERE! It's free and takes just 30 seconds.