Thanks Alex. What a difference 30 years can make. I remember briefly skimming through this back when I was in college, and thinking that it was a bunch of hippie drivel. But back then, I was a sprinter and thought anything over 400 meters was too far. I read this now, and I actually 'get' it (or at least most of it...).
This line truly resonated with me:
you may want to run with a friend or a loved one but running is not ecstatic unless it is graced by your own natural pace
"There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people." Bill Bowerman