Saturday, January 08, 2011
Many of you will know that this is a very typical close for my posts.
Some may think, “Okay, okay, you have said it already. We get it.”
Well that is great, but I will continue to say it.
I was not always a runner, and even when I was running over 250 km a month I did not assume myself to be a runner. The fact is, it takes me a long time to get some behaviours from outside to inside. That is the difference between doing a thing and being a thing.
Also, for me, running has become a metaphor for life, for living and for being the things that keep me healthy and happy. So when I say “good running”, I hope you will understand this means a whole lot more than just running, and I do not care if you actually run or not. We commonly use the word run to mean many other things. A quick look at a dictionary will find over a hundred definitions.
You can have a run in your stockings. You can run guns. A fox can run down a rabbit. The grandkids like to go to a buffet restaurant where there is a fountain that runs with chocolate. You can run for office. You can run a seam. A pool player can run the table...
I am a runner, and so good running means all the best things that make me me, and that make you you.
Running is inherently dangerous. It is dangerous for many reasons.
It can be dangerous because your are out in the world focused on doing something very good for you, very personal, and very focused, and you may have to contend with some of the other things going on in the world. A very wonderful run can go south very quickly by a chance interaction with an F150.
It can be dangerous because you can actually experience a runners high, and this can lead you to be careless about paying attention to your body and self, and can allow you to over do it. I ran 10km without noticing that my left foot was in a slight depression intended to pull the water towards the storm drains. It was not a very big difference, ¼ to ½ an inch, but for 10,000 steps I was running just a little off balance, and not noticing it. Next day I had some mysterious back pain.
It can be dangerous because it will change who you are. Sometimes changing who we are can change the way we relate to those around us, and to our life in general. If we change who we are too quickly, it may unbalance many things and many relationships.
Running is important to me, not in and of itself, but as a metaphor for the change process, and the changes it has brought to my life, to the lives of those around me; therefore, I never say that phrase, without some thought, without intent. If I say it I mean it
So although for some it may seem tired and old hat, perhaps over used, I will continue to say it, and I will continue to mean it.
Good running and be careful out there.