Into the Fray

Impossible2Possible 100k Trail Run

Calm morning for a run, Lac Philippe, Quebec, Copyright Silverleaf 2014

Calm morning for a run, Lac Philippe, Quebec, Copyright Silverleaf 2014

We are out early in the morning toward the end of August and it is already leaning towards Fall. There is a chill in the air as we slip along quiet roads, now and then rising high enough to see across the countryside: green hills woven with strands of thick, white fog.

We are heading towards a community of trail runners. We are heading into the fray. But even among them for the day, the woodland trails are peaceful and calm.

Above the fray, looking down onto the start/finish tent, Copyright Silverleaf 2014

Above the fray, looking down onto the start/finish tent, Copyright Silverleaf 2014

fray (1)

noun

1. a fight, battle, or skirmish.
2. a competition or contest, especially in sports.
3. a noisy quarrel or brawl.
4. Archaic. fright.

This fray was borrowed into English from an Anglo-French word with the various meanings “to disturb,” “to attack,” and also “to frighten.” The past participle of this same word (affrayed, meaning “alarmed”) became, in English, afraid. 

While nowadays frays are things that people willingly “enter” or “join” or even “throw themselves into,” early in its history the fear aspect dominated.

 

 

 

 

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