Today was difficult for sure. I ran down the main road outside of the lake house that were staying at till I hit the base of the mountains ,and then I flipped. My legs have been hurting quite a bit the past couple of days, so I've tried to continue stretching. It makes me a little nervous especially because everyone was doing much more than me before we stopped running for the break, but I'm hoping to keep up with the rapid pace at which we are increasing our minutes by. My legs were feeling pretty decent and had loosened up a lot by the time I made it back.
When I got back, I sat down and read some more of Running & Philosophy. It's been a while since I've gotten the chance to read the book because I've been so busy trying knock out other books for AP Lit. I'm glad to habe finally picked it up again.
I read two chapters today. The first talked about running and the significance of running outdoors as well as what it has to offer over running on a treadmill. One of my favorite points the book discussed was thinking while running. The author spoke about how people on treadmills often try to entertain themselves ,while excersising, with media such as music, TV, and magazines, but they seem to be missing one of the most incredible parts of getting to run- having the time to reflect as well as be in the moment. The book proposed the question " Why would you distract yourself from something you voluntariy chosen to do?" This resonated with me quite a bit. I always enjoy getting the time to reflect on what I've been learning in class while running as well as getting to try and think about the information in new ways. Getting to experience the run itself is also a very unique experience that I feel gives me the opportunitty to grow. Throughout the run I always enjoy experiencing the sheer challenge of pushing myself as well as the runners high that comes with it. I also enjoy how distinct each run is. I feel I find something new to enjoy every time I go out. The chapter expounds upon these concepts pointing out the fun in running in a spontaneous manner and the adventerous possibilities that are assosiated with each run while relating both ideas to the writings of Henry David Thoreau and William James.
The second chapter deals more with a theological perspective of philosophy and relates a few bible texts into philosophical ideas. At first, the chapter talks about three societal perspectives on life: postmodernism, monotheism, and scientific naturalism. It then brings up the concept on the empty self which is the feeling of disconnect with a communitty bringing an individual to a state of strong individualism where the person often is cinical towards society and unhappy. It then related different approaches to happiness to the typical unhappy American making an argument against Hedonistic approaches to happiness by stating that being happy also takes an element of self elevation through work and perosonal development. It then related running to different spirtual disiplinces which I found very interesting because I've often heard of people relating running to religous experience. The chapter brought up concepts of engagment and disengagment in religion and how they can be used in running, i.e. a runner may disengage from eating sugar or drinking soda and engage in stretching, cross-training, blogging, and racing. The conclusion was that running is a process of finding meaning and happiness in life through disiplined practice. I enjoyed this chapter as it pointed out that happiness often comes as a biproduct of ambitions and attempting to do the best you can in life, not necessarily your direct attempts to be happy. Additionally, I thought the empty-self was very intriguing as I feel as though I've encountered this with myself sometimes. Running has certainly been a good way of dealing with it.
Also Just realized I've been blogging on the wrong days of the week haha. I would go change it but I wrote a lot and am really not feeling up to chaning it all.