Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sometimes Change Can Make It All Seem New

All realities influence our practice, and that influence is their meaning for us.-- Wilhelm Ostwald

In the past 8 days I have done so many different things with my running that it feels almost fresh again. I'm not suggesting that running has been stale but it has been predictable. It's like Norm walking into the bar on that show "Cheers", and everyone screams, "NORM!!!" and the bartender, Sam Malone places a beer on the bar without so much as a non-verbal declaration as to what he wants.

I would wake up early, run 6 miles, moderately paced, 4-6 times per week. Saturday or Sunday I'll do a long run of 10 or so miles. Periodically I would feel great and conversely I would feel horrible at times. That has been my running for years. In general, once a year, I'll sprinkle in a marathon. For all of the love that I have for running I don't believe it would hurt to shake things up a bit. My goal isn't exactly to "shake things up" but that has been the result.

Obviously I love running so I never felt the need to change anything. Bert Lance, of the Carter Administration once said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I guess that was my mantra for recreational running. Phil Knight, Nike Founder, once said, "if it ain't broke, fix it anyway", is the new modus operandi that I've adopted as of late. I found that tweaking and doing things outside the norm has given my body an awakening of sorts and the excitement that I discovered in 2000 is reinvigorated now.

In the past two weeks I have done speed work twice. I've run on trails. I have done two runs without music. I've discovered new routes and new distances. Two years ago, I ran before sunrise 80% of the time. 95% of the time I ran before 10:00 am. Recently I've run at 4:30am, 11:30am 6:30pm and even 9:30pm. The aforementioned runs were all in the same week. I'm changing my day to day running and it's given me a jovial layer of sorts that is full of excitement and anticipation for the upcoming run.

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