Friday, August 21, 2015

What are you doing to do with that shovel?

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, and conflicting information.--Winston Churchill

Once a week or so I make a little pilgrimage to one of my favorite places in the world, Barnes & Noble. Even as a child I've always loved to read any and everything. As I got older, I began to read specific things about my interests. It's usually something that I obsess about. If you've been following along, you know that I tend to obsess about things. Generally I care about only a few things but those few things occupy my brain constantly. So what do I obsess about now? Running.

I buy books but it's the magazines that I pick up all of the time. Magazines are almost like newspapers in that you get information monthly about the happenings in the sport of running. You can't turn on ESPN, listen to sports radio or flip to the sports pages to get info about running. On top of that, the type of running that I do, the non-competitive every day sort isn't sexy and wouldn't get coverage any way.

There is so much stuff out there now. Runners World, Running Times, Ultra Running, Trail Runner, Double Runner, etc I read them all. As I transform myself into a professional runner I learn more about the culture, the nutrition, and virtually everything else. By reading everything consistently I have better antennas for BS. I've read journal articles and books about a number of topics and I have experimented with my own running.

Because I read so much I can dispel nonsense immediately. I read something the other day where some yahoo said to never run with your head down. I thought to myself, hey genius, if you don't look down on a trail, you'll be looking up... At the sky. Another schmuck said that you shouldn't run with anything in your hands. Try doing a long run without a handheld water bottle in the heat.

Keeping abreast of the changes in running as well as the nonsense helps me focus my training and lifestyle.

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