Now through Book 5, here are a few of the running-related messages I've gleaned so far from the epic:
- Listen to the higher voice that counsels patience and restraint--as Achilles the Runner listened to Palace Athena--as it will lead to the broader victory later.
- Never take on an immortal in battle unless you have a powerful immortal on your side as well. All you young guns toeing the line at Western States better take note of this one.
- Defeat can weave a very rich, if bloody, tale.