I have never been someone who is at a loss for words – I love to talk – I will chat with you all day long. I have however found very little to write about on here as of late. It has been an odd feeling.
I think there is no question to me that my lack of real running, lack of real hard miles has resulted in my recent lack of quality thoughts and writing. I rarely seem to write about MY running on here, but my running has seemed to allow to me find more to write about.
My friend recently asked a philosophical question on facebook:
“For all my philosophically inclined friends I would grateful for some feedback:
I have been pondering over the connection between running and philosophy lately, specifically the idea that when we are running we often lose a conscious awareness of the “now” that existed before the run started. That is, we forget about our daily troubles, the bills, work, due dates, the kids, cancer, all the things that make up our daily existence—that “now” disappears for the duration of the run. Is it the conscious focus on the physical activity? The focus seems to be on putting one foot in front of the other, on jumping over the roots and rocks, on act of running, but there is also a kind of lack of focus that emerges and allows thoughts to come and go, ideas to appear that might not have come about before or after the run. This is what I mean by “the disappearance of ‘now’”.”
I think the same can be attributed to facets of our lives other than physical activity and the now – I think it helps my overall mental state – There is something about being out on the trails that refreshes me. I find myself happier and I find myself with more creativity while running. Even when I am pounding out extra miles I find myself with more energy.
October has been the most miles I have run since April of this year. 5 months of steady decline. I feel like something is about to let loose for me – I am running hills for the first time in forever, I am slowly building my base back up, I have decided after racing only a handful of times in the past 12 months to start to race again.
Just like that – I feel like writing again. I feel like taking photos again. Running is connected to philosophy for sure as Jon asked. But for me it is connected to an awful lot more.
How about you? What exactly does running do for you?