Running Ted?

May 13, 2004

I went running today.

Well, I ran some, walked some.

The toddler, the hound, and the lightweight stroller accompanied me along our usual two-mile walk, but this time I had a fresh pair of running shoes on, non-chafing running shorts, and I ran some of it.

It felt really really good to go running again. I have been missing running, and when the walking the last few weeks was leaving my knees feeling strong I decided to run some more.

So, my wind is terrible, but it felt good to run. My legs are out of shape and hurt, but it felt good to run. My knees were a little fragile, but I stopped running whenever they tried to complain.

And, despite being dreadfully out of shape, I did get a brief moment of the sheer joy of running.

There is a sensation where the body is working, the mind is keeping track of the body's working, but the body works without conscious control - almost like keeping an eye on the gauges on a car dashboard. When that happens, you sort of float along above the ground, aware of your body but not focusing on it, aware of your surroundings, but mostly aware of your movement through space. It is like having a flying dream, only wide awake. It is an addictive sensation.

I had a brief little moment of that, while running along a gentle downhill by the lake.

We will see how my knees feel - I might take some of my 15-20 miles of walking each week and turn them into runs, but I must be careful NOT to overwork myself.

Posted by Red Ted at May 13, 2004 08:35 AM | TrackBack
Comments

I'm trying to keep fit more but I never seem to be able to do it in more than monthly spasms.

Posted by: Claire at May 13, 2004 10:25 AM

Get a medium sized dog - the kind that needs to be walked a couple of miles a day. Then walk enough that the dog does not become fat.

It worked for me. The side effect is that she is not a good running dog, and balks above about 12 miles a week.

Posted by: Red Ted at May 13, 2004 11:18 AM

"There is a sensation where the body is working, the mind is keeping track of the body's working, but the body works without conscious control - almost like keeping an eye on the gauges on a car dashboard. When that happens, you sort of float along above the ground, aware of your body but not focusing on it, aware of your surroundings, but mostly aware of your movement through space. It is like having a flying dream, only wide awake. It is an addictive sensation."

This is, in a word, lovely.

And so true.

I wish I had the words inside me to write like that. I want to steal it. Mine!

Posted by: Me. at May 14, 2004 10:42 AM
Post a comment









Remember personal info?