My thoughts about running (and life in general) have been on this track for a while and I actually wondered when my mind-set changed. I cite my BMO (half) marathon in May 2010 as the starting point, but as I looked at my previous blog posts, I realised that I was thinking this within a few months of running barefoot/minimalist.
Here is a couple of excerpts from a blog piece I wrote in January 2010: "Finally read "Born to Run", only 8 months to late!"
"It was only when reading the book that I thought about how my mental state affects my running and NOT that running affects my mental state. In the book, it puts down the theory that happy runners who have no other motives than just to have fun run further and faster, than those who have goals in mind. It cites many internationally renowned runners known for finishing astonishing races who start and finish the race with big grins on the faces and probably no real training plans. This is where my thoughts on my depression, my running and 'cause and effect' come in."...
"I will not make my runs a chore. I am going to make my run's recreational. If I am not having fun, then I'll stop and do something else. If I am having a blast then I am going to keep going. Goals are great, but if I can't laugh while I am achieving them, then I am spending a lot of my life doing something that is not making me happy."
I know it's a little lame, re-reading your old posts; Okay, so I know I am the only one who really reads them, but still, this does make me a little sad and lonely. However, this was a insight for me. Running with a laugh and just general stupidity in mind seems like such a "normal" concept for me now, I suppose I hadn't really thought about when numbers literally went out of my head - Along with every other executive function required to maintain a normal adult persona.
I wonder if the change had something to do with running barefoot/minimalist. I mean, it's hard to "mingle with the running crowd" when you have stinky gorilla feet, *cough* I mean VFF Flows. A lot of barefoot/minimalist runners cite changing footwear (or abandoning it altogether) as the reason they begin to enjoy running. Maybe it was just me climbing out of the depression I had been suffering. Perhaps it's just me growing up, (in that Peter Pan, "I am still only 6" kind of way).
Who know's? Who care's really? I suppose I was just musing on how I have grown and I was using an old post as an easy get-out on writing a full on blog post this week. Hey, why work if you don't have to!
I think I am just wanting to keep this "smile when you are running" feeling that all my friends are currently having going. I know most "viral" posts on the internet usually fade within 48 hours of being started and then are usually forgotten. Wouldn't it be nice if we could keep this one going though? In some ways I think this message is more important than what we wear on our feet. Frankly I don't care if you wear "foot Coffins" *cough* I mean motion-control, extra cushioning running shoes, or you run with nothing on your feet. You can wear what they hell makes you happy. I don't care if you run 100 miles or a 100 yards. I just want the 95% of super-determined and frankly miserable runners you see at races, chill out and enjoy the experience.
Let's get creative guys and think of ways we can make "Running Happy" mainstream. Ideas anyone?
[Angie, the "Run Smiley" blog tag is a great idea... amended my blog with it. Let's start a trend!]
[Amendment 2 - Run Smiley or Run :) seems like the tag people like. So come on people, run :), have fun, blog about it and use the tag]