Outlook optimizes the overcoming of obstacles.

Look up, runner! Keep your chin up.

If I could count the number of times I heard those well-meant admonitions. And I get it. A positive outlook and a well-defined goal can spur any runner on towards success.

At the same time, it’s important to watch one’s step, particularly on uneven terrain. A terrible tumble in the middle of a technical trail race taught me that lesson the hard way.

I sort of feel like running requires both an upward glance and a downward caution. And because I battle multiple sclerosis, a chronic medical condition that makes me less sure of my own footing than otherwise, this may be particularly true for me.

So here’s today’s word of wisdom in Runderdog’s “Running Quotes by Non-Runners” series:

 “Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.” Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld served as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 until 1961, when he perished in a plane crash over Southern Africa.

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