Get off the treadmill & get in touch with your 'inner runner'.....
Welcoming in 2018 (and Happy New Year to all of our Run Tall, Run Easy 'Life in the Fast Lane' blog readers around the globe) here on the East Coast of the USA , at least in the NorthEast we have been in the grip of a frigid cold spell for a week or so now which has seen many a runner turn without hesitation to the hotel, gym or home based basement treadmill..
I am not going to lie, I get it, contrary to popular misconception I am not stupid (at least not in my own mind) but that does not mean that I have to like it, agree with it, or join the 'treadmill club'. For me running is not and never has been about machinery
Of the thousands of runs I have completed I have re-lived some of the moments over and over again like rewinding a movie and they never fail to live up to the joy that the moment gave me at the time it was happening- perhaps a run in the cool dawn as the sunrises over the ocean or the mountains with the only sound the sound of your own heartbeat and the closest visible thing to you is the vapor of your own breath....simply magical...... no equipment required.
I believe there is entirely too much equipment used by people these days- people beeping and squeaking all along the road with this latest gadget or that latest gadget.... that is just my opinion but I cannot be a hypocrite because the law of running says that you can do as you please- it is your world to explore and your life to lead, so beep and squeak away with a GPS or Distance pod or fifteen water bottles splish splashing there way down the road snuggly tied to your back. We are told what to do too much in this life, by this product to help you sleep, this product to help you gain weight, this product to help you lose weight, this one to improve your sex life or whatever other non sensical gizmo they are trying to shove down your throat- I say go run a hard 5 miles and have the libido of your own Casanova baby, pull back into your house after a good track workout like freakin' James Bond ~! products be damned- who needs em?Not me. I am the simple, elitist purest runner, whose only concession to technology has been a good pair of running shoes or high tech gloves.. Hey, I said pure, not perfect ! it is the simple element of joy to experience the sunrise, sunset or midday sun or arctic cold experienced by only the hardy, foolish or Mad Dogs and Englishmen ! Run easy when it is time to run easy and run hard as a Greyhound when it is time to grip it and rip it ! Race to the Rocking Chair and run free as the night- its the only way to rock and roll..... its your choice- a lifestyle that you and I can identify with each other- it is what I am - who I need to be and what I crave to always remain, a free spirited elitist for the sound of my own feet making the drumbeat on the earth with the strength and force of the Bagpipers of the 'Black Watch' paving their way through the night to higher ground.
Running my friends and athletes is time immortal - no health club fad, here today and gone tomorrow- it is a sport I inherited and a sport that I hold dear to my heart and one that I will pass on to my children and my children's children. ......So through rain and wind and shine and yes the COLD, lace 'em up and get out that door and run free and run pure from the Cotswolds to the Catskills and get OFF that treadmill and experience poetry in motion ! Coach GP......................Dare to Fail
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