Monday, June 29, 2015

Short Run, Short Note

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle-- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running. - Roger Bannister

Today I went for a short run around my new neighborhood. I went for a short run because I couldn't wake up early enough to run longer. Still, I am very deliberate about my short runs. Some say that short runs have to be fast but I don't really believe that. Long runs can be fast. I've had weeks when my ten mile run's pace per mile is faster than my 10k or 5k. I ran today because I want to run everyday but my body won't allow it so I feel horrible when I miss a day.

I said that I am very deliberate about my short runs. Maybe I meant meticulous. Very rarely do I take random turns to get lost on these runs. I choose my shoe by what I feel my body needs. I wore shoes with more explosion and support because I've been really achy and I want to relieve my joints a bit. Typically I prefer a light shoe or a minimalist shoe. I picked six of my favorite songs to ensure that my playlist was all power songs. I picked my new favorite route along the Atlanta Beltline on a short trail
and I snaked over towards Krog street so I could run under that bridge and admire some really cool street art.
I finished on a familiar straightaway where I could open up if I felt like it. Short runs for me are purely for the love of running.  

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