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Where Monasticism Meets Endurance


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Apr 10, 2012
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I saw this article on Trail Runner Mag's website and thought it was pretty cool to see an Orthodox article in a major running magazine.


More than 20 years ago, the abbot of a Greek Orthodox monastery on Mount Athos taught me more about endurance sports than anyone else ever has.

I'm sure he didn't realize it at the time. He wasn't a runner. In fact, I wasn't even a runner myself at that point in my life. But his lesson resonated with me on a very deep level, and has helped me navigate numerous challenging, even dangerous, moments on later journeys both literal and figurative.

Here's the story he told me: