Among other amusing-to-me comments about running that I get from non-runners, one I’ve heard several times is that it’s boring. This is understandable. Things that are not my passion or don’t hold my attention or I’m not good at are boring to me too. My 7 year-old son is a chess champ. He went to chess camp last week (5 days, 6 hours a day). He could have opted to go half days, but he wouldn’t hear of it. When I checked in with him on the 3rd day and asked if he was sure he wasn’t bored he said, “It’s not boring, it’s chess!” (Of course, he’s a little bored when he plays with ME cuz he beats me every time, but that’s another story).
While we runners sometimes describe running as simply putting one foot in front of the other, there is waaaay more to it – physically and mentally – than that. Speedwork, flats, hills, training, racing, coping with and preventing injury, Chi Running, barefoot running, planning distances, routes, music, gadgets, running groups, trails and roads, the list goes on and on. And so do the thoughts in your mind as you tick off the miles. Bob Coll, owner of The Eugene Running Company here in Eugene was giving me the scoop on mid-foot striking one day and commented, “What else is there to do out there but think about your form the entire run?” He’s so right. Seriously, I think about form all the time. (Well, unless I’m thinking about the coffee at the end of my run.)
I recently asked our Facebook Fans to use one word to describe their last workout. It was fun to see what y’all said. Here’s the list:
Sure, there’s pukey, painful and lost on the list, but not boring! It’s a crazy passion. What keeps you coming back?