Just got new Mizuno running shoes finally and made a commitment to myself to start running again while the kids and I are in Maine for 3 weeks.
Well, we arrived last night to the cottage where my parents and a good family friend Pete were anxiously awaiting. I was talking about distance running to Pete and how listening to audiobooks keeps me from getting bored during the run. He launched into a story about a friend of his who walks long distances and listens to the sounds of nature and the world around him always surprised by all of the people running past him with earphones attached to their ears missing all of the great sounds the world makes. One day he stopped a runner going by and asked him why he doesn't listen to the sounds of nature and the runner, seriously annoyed by having to stop for such a stupid reason, scowled, stuck his earphones back in and continued on his run.
So...inspired by Pete's story, I decided to run WITHOUT my ipod today and made some interesting (maybe obvious to you all) observations. I started off trying to be concious of the sounds around me...birds, ocean, bell buoy, fishing boats, cars, etc. As I continued my mind started to drift and I started the think about the thoughts going through my head. The first to process and fade were issues/tasks/worries that are surfacy like what I'm going to eat for lunch, what my next blog post or video will be, calls I have to make, etc. As those thoughts processed and my run got more intense (harder for me) REALLY heavy "stuff" started to percolate to the surface like difficulties with my divorce, financial worries, uncertainty about the future, etc.
Interesting, huh? A couple of really cool results from today's run... I made it 7 miles!!! AND in processing all of my worries and fears, knew inherently that everything will be okay. I think I may try the running without my ipod thing more while I am here, although I do find that I get more "reading" in when I'm running by listening to audiobooks. I'm guessing that I'll get more "therapy" in during my time here by actually forcing myself to THINK :)