Today’s “Thursday Thoughts” is a little different, because I really only want to touch on one thing. Then I’ll let you guys go on your merry way without forcing you to continue to read my ramblings. The main thing on my mind recently is trying to develop a fresh perspective when it comes to running. I’m tired of getting into huge ruts, and I’m tired of viewing it as a chore.
One of the best things about my recent half was that the weekend also included listening to a ton of really, really smart people. One of those folks was Budd Coates. While teaching us his breathing technique, he stressed that we should quit relying so heavily on technology while running. Basically, some of us have lost touch with our best measurement tool: our bodies.
I could definitely see what he was saying, and I’m not even a “serious” runner. I wanted to push myself during runs, so I would constantly check my GPS to make sure I wasn’t slacking. In the end, I just ended up becoming a slave to the numbers. Considering I wasn’t getting any faster, it obviously wasn’t worth it.
Since ditching my stats, I’ve started to really appreciate and enjoy each and every mile. I don’t feel like one run is more important than another, I don’t get discouraged if my pace creeps higher and higher, and I spend more time thinking. Okay, fine. I spend more time trying to find pictures in the clouds. Same difference.
I’m also way more likely to run in conditions that I’m not used to. It sounds silly, but I normally would have skipped running in the mountains, because my times would suck in a major way. I’m really glad I changed my ways, y’all. When my eyes aren’t glued to a tiny screen, I get to actually enjoy the view.
As a bonus, I really don’t feel like I will lose even a little bit of speed. Did y’all just laugh? I know I’m relatively slow, but you get what I’m saying. I truly feel like I’ll actually become a much better runner in the end. And even if I don’t improve at all, I’ll continue running because it makes me happy. Isn’t that the point in the end?
Question: Can you describe your running style in one word? Right now I’d go with “free”, but “clumsy” was definitely a close second.