from mile to marathon

The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.
Lao-Tzu

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

do I feel or do I think?

I had a hard time at work yesterday, and every now and then, during the horror of it, I remembered that I'd had a good run in the morning, almost four miles at the upper limit of my current pace, effortless, trauma-free, whitout drama. And I reminded myself I would have another run today, probably good again (and it was). I reminded myself I would run a marathon one day, and even wihtout a direct connection that was enough to gain hold.

I wish I would like running. Then I would enjoy all this - the discipline, the exertion, the accretion of miles. I do anyhow, intellectually. I wish running would be music to my life, the way beansprout felt through November.

7 Comments:

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Brooklyn said...

I'm not always big on running either, but I have to do it, so I do.

pictures showing foam roll and it's use here; and a good article here.

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger Bob Gentile said...

hmmmm LIKE Running....Well Running 4 miles with a good flow is a great accomplishment... I have been ON and OFF for Years of running and Working out in General... ANd the BOTTOM line for me is HOW it MAKES me FEEL vs's NOT Running or working out and HOW I feel then...

Sooooo What are the PRO's for you when U RUN? and what are the PRO's when U Don't RUN?...

That WILL start to Determine WHY RUNNING is GOOD for YOU... With what You have done so far I would say RUNNING is good for You and KEEP it UP...

One thing that GET's in OUR WAY sometimes is OUR MINDS...

So Don't THINK to MUCH about IT... JUST Keep YOUR FEEET pressing the pavement :-)

Your Doing Great,

Bob

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Kurt in Boston said...

I think that running starts out almost as something we do on faith. Something or someone convinces us that this activity has some sort of meaning for us. And we give it a chance.

Then once we've done it for a bit, we start to understand it (intellectually). We get it. We keep doing it despite the effort it takes to maintain the discipline. Despite the occasional setbacks. We see that there is something to it.

Eventually, we totally internalize it. It becomes part of the rhythm of our being. A part of who we are. And however we embrace our running discipline -- whether it's a very focused training in pursuit of a personal goal, or a means to socialize with other runners, or an active meditation with our whole body -- it becomes at least a part of the music of our existence.

It's a progression. A path. You're well on your way.

 
At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Ryan said...

Thx for stopping by.... wait until you run a marathon you certainly may have to pee in public = )
Sounds like a great run…its days like that that keep me coming back for more and at some point in time running becomes second nature and you’ll find it hard just to take a rest day.
Best Wishes!

 
At 3:12 AM, Blogger Lora said...

Brush your teeth, run....it will become part of your routine. Those endorphins will sneak in and grab you!! Just keep moving forward!

 
At 2:48 AM, Blogger R2B said...

Our running reflects our internal state of mind...if you are enjoying it you are probably enjoying life in general...vice versa....

R2B

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Black Knight said...

Yes, that is the best way to face the problems of everyday. However running is always a good medicine, no matter the speed and the distance.

 

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