“I'm going out for my run now.” If you live with a runner, you've no doubt heard this, or some similar sort of utterance, many times over.
As if it's a possession. Yes, there is a direct association that we, as runners, tend to make about this seemingly absurd pastime with which we are constantly exhausting ourselves.
I'm always taken by the way we think of our running, and that it seems to belong to us. “I have to do my run before we go to dinner. ” With my being the operative word. And we even take the possessiveness further with training and racing terms like “my per mile pace” or “my splits” or even “my PR.”
Indeed, we make these kinds of possessive relationships with all sorts of things in our lives. But for the most part, it is with people and things. “Hey, that's my car you're sitting on!” or “My little Jeffrey is such a good student.” “My living room needs painting." “My town has only one traffic light.” and “My phone can send email in six different languages!”
But what about running? It isn't something tangible that you can touch, or carry around in your pocket, or visit, or even see, for that matter. It's not like that at all. So what is it then?
I'll tell you what it is. This simple act of locomotion - of moving your arms and legs, of pumping air in and out of your lungs, of feeling the breeze move past your face in the glory of the great outdoors - is something that you can feel.
You may not be able to touch your running, but it touches you in so many ways.
It touches your senses, and sometimes in very profound and unique ways. It touches virtually all of the muscles and organs in your body, bringing experiences that draw the mind into oneness with your physical self.
It contributes to your senses of strength, discipline, and personal character. It touches all of these things, and many more….
And why does running do this? Because running is real. And once you understand this, running does become yours. It belongs to you because you belong to it. It's a symbiotic relationship of the healthiest kind, and one that would most of the time would be almost foolish to forsake.
No, your running will never send a rocket ship to Mars. It will also never cure Alzheimer's Disease, nor will it stop war between nations. And just like the body that makes it possible to run in the first place, it will not live forever.
But the running is still yours. It's personal, it's very real, and for many of us, it may be our most treasured possession. Take care of your running. Treat it with the respect it deserves, and it will go on giving you its power for a lifetime.
As the majority of you are aware, the latest “possession” of the Orange Runners Club is the Hudson Valley 15K. On April 19th, 148 strong-hearted runners made it to the finish line of this challenging race, and built a solid foundation for the reputation of this event in the years to come. Although we may never reach the marquis status of the Utica Boilermaker, our race is now “on the map,” and in my mind, has much future promise. You'll see more about it in this issue of the Sweat Gazette, but I'd like to pay a personal thanks to co-directors John Finnigan and Steve Brockett, and also to key committee members Brian Rivenburgh, Cliff Davis and Richard Robillard. A bang-up job, guys!
Upcoming events for the club include the 3rd Annual ORC Walk Party, taking place July 18th in Fancher-Davidge Park in Middletown, and the Bull Run, set for Sunday, September 20th in Thomas Bull Park in Montgomery.
Also, the Classic 10K is almost upon us – June 14th – and it will have the usual air of fun and excitement that its hard-working committee brings to the streets of Middletown each Summer. If you haven't signed up yet, please take a moment to visit the website (www.classic10K.com) and do so.
Enjoy your summer running everyone, and I'll look forward to seeing you out on the roads!