Running and meditation are close relatives. Both offer a way into the Zone, where you move past thoughts into the quiet of your body and the affirmative silence beyond it.
Mountains add another element: the alpine zone, an uncluttered place where on rare windless days you find true silence. Up here, the great climber-theologian Willi Unsoeld said, you may reach the purest Zone of all. Psychologists call it egolessness. Buddhists, Hindus, and many Muslims call it Ananda. Christians call it the peace that passes all understanding.
Is this why I want to run my age? To get back into the Zone? Could a mountainless non-runner get there with a different kind of peak?
Yes. Yes. I believe, yes.