"Ebola won’t kill us all, but something else might. Like everything living on Earth, viruses must evolve to survive. That is why avian influenza has provoked so much anxiety; it has not yet mutated into an infection that can spread easily. Maybe it never will, but it could happen tomorrow. A pandemic is like an earthquake that we expect but cannot quite predict."
"I wanted a purpose and a push. I wanted to feel the crazy-wow highs (and survive the despondent lows) that come with going way outside of my comfort zone–and the exponentially amplified confidence and satisfaction that grow from hanging out there."
"Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life."
— Haruki Murakami, “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”