Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Genius George Sheehan

"No less than the human being I become - I am the life that running has given me."

There is an uncharectoristic heavy duty quote for all you deep thinking runners.

" . . . the life running has given me." Whoa - I think I need to read more from George Sheehan.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Yelling at myself

Sometimes when I am out running and I feel myself slowing down, or thinking about taking an unnecessary break, I yell at myself. Not to myself, at myself. "Come on Rick." Pretty loud too. It is not negative, it is just like what a coach would do if the coach thought a little bit of encouragement in the form of yelling would get the athlete back into it.

Other times, after I run up a hill or have been running for 35 minutes, I may yell a cheer, "Ricky!"

I have been doing this for at least the last year or so. I talked with a sports psychologist about this and her take was that as long as it was not critical or negative or at another runner, then go for it. Thankfully, I did not pay for that insight.

Why bring this up today. I had to yell at some guy on my run today. "Hey!, Hey!!, HEY!!!, is that your mean looking dog not on a leash? I am trying to run here and I do want to get chased." It is so ironic, but when this kind thing happens, that the offender will often get mad at the someone who points out the offence.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010


RuntoTheFinish blog posting on motivation is very good and worth reading. Movies, books, tools, new stuff. All good for getting motivated. I have to admit that the first week after buying new shoes, I do run almost every day, trying to get my shoes dirty.

Addition from me. I like to imagine how I will feel during and after training runs, races, or while I am in a good conversation with another motivated runner. I like to look good (for me) and feel good. Imagination and feeling. As Amanda points out, running is a mental endeavor.

I am grateful for:
- Family
- Health
- Employment

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Lunch Run

Not a trip to get food for lunch. I am thinking about 30 to 45 minutes of outdoor running in the middle of the day, three seasons (not summer) of the year, in Cleveland and now Milwaukee.

I have this image of my fellow office types off to do an errand or two on their lunch hour and coming across me 2 miles from the office, them in their car, me in my running duds, thinking to themselves that Rick must be crazy. Of course I don't run to impress anyone, but if it happens, then ok with me.

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