TITLE: Missing the Rhythm of Running
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: October 16, 2016 10:34 AM
I ended up with an unexpected couple of hours free yesterday
afternoon, and I decided to clean up several piles of old
papers on the floor of my running room. Back when I ran
marathons, I was an information hound. I wrote notes,
collected maps, and clipped articles on training plans,
strength training, stretching and exercise, diet and nutrition
-- anything I thought I could use to get get better. I'm sure
this surprises many of you.
There was a lot of dust to dig through, but the work was full
of happy reminiscences. It's magical how a few pieces of
paper can activate our memories. The happy memories leave in
their wake a sadness, when
my time as a runner ended.
That's when the piles stopped growing. I stopped collecting
material, because I wasn't running anymore.
Fortunately, the sadness of loss didn't drown out the happy
memories. Instead, I started thinking about the future, which
is really now. These thoughts are long past due.
Looking back through my running logs reminded of the pattern
of my life as a marathoner. There was an ebb and a flow to
the year. I trained for my first half marathon. Then I
trained for my first full marathon. I ran lightly for a few
weeks as my body recovered. Winter and spring saw regular
runs, but a break for mind and body alike: no big plans, just
enjoying the road. Then came the end of spring, and it
started all over again: training for big races. These years
were filled with variety in my running, variety in my goals.
The last few years have been different. I recovered from
a couple of operations,
eventually taking up the elliptical machine and
for fitness. However, I have never become a cyclist in spirit
the way I became a runner. I've been exercising lots, staying
fit and healthy, but I miss the rhythm of running and training
for marathons. In comparison, my exercise since leaves me
bored and uninspired.
Diving into those piles of paper yesterday started me thinking,
what are the next goals? I'll be working on that as we slide
into winter, looking forward what next spring might bring.