What You Do Not Know Because You Are Not Me
For three Saturday mornings in March, Gil Torres led a workshop for beginner runners. He presented a great smorgasbord of running tips. I sent everyone who participated in the workshops this email. I wanted them to “know what they don’t know because they are not me!”
Michael Ring here. It was fun to join you all for workouts the last three Saturdays. I might have introduced myself. I am not a beginner runner. I have finished 18 marathons (one of them was an ultra (a race greater than 26.2 miles)). I have raced up the stairs of the
I also sit on the Board of Directors of the Prospect Park Track Club and am Chair of the Membership Committee. I am not sending this email to sell the club. I want to complement the concepts that Gil presented. Not the physiological stuff. That I can't add to. I want to mention the social stuff, the mental stuff. . .
For me, running serves many purposes.
Sometimes it is the one time I can do just one thing. Run. Just run. Life is so full of multi-tasking; it is so good to just do one thing. Never mind all the physical fitness benefits of running. It is really good for the head to just do one thing at a time. "The way I see it, you have to view running time not as extra or wasted time, but as important, productive contemplation time." Fred Lebow
Sometimes I run to meet my friends. We run at a "conversational pace." There was even an Off-Broadway how that had all of the actors running in place for the whole show. It was called
Sometimes I run to enjoy
Sometimes I run because I am training for a specific event. It could be a 5K or a marathon; it is exciting to do your best. There is nothing like that sense of accomplishment of achieving a personal goal. Sometimes I use a special event as an excuse to run. Some might consider me nuts to run 40 miles a week. So I tell them I am training for a marathon.
A lot of people talk about what to eat before a big run. "Carbo loading." I am more content to think about what I get to eat after I run!!! Do you remember the days when a pint of ice cream was a single serving container?
Running can be a great part of a family vacation or a business trip. It can be cool to wake up early and get in a few miles before everybody else has breakfast. Then you already know your way around town. It was a great way to see the monuments in
Running will help you get in good physical shape. Or you can get in good shape so you can run better. Either way.
As in all things the better you are at it, the more you can enjoy it. So remember; run well and have fun.