at least i’m enjoying the ride

A homeless guy is sitting on a picnic table at around the 1 mile point of the gumbo loop. He’s watching a group of frisbee golf players as they size up the course. They’re youngish, deadheads had they been born in a different era. He’s old, beaten down from his harsh life.

He surveys them, looks down the green lawn at their target and asks: “You trying to throw those things into that basket?”

“Yup,” dreadlock guy says.

The old guy looks puzzled. “Why?” he asks.

They don’t have an answer.

I think about this a lot for the rest of my run. I’m sticking at 13:00 pace with the theory that my half pace will be a minute and a half faster than that. I’m obsessing over trying to keep my heart rate between 130 and 134 at that pace. I’m trying to keep my strides per minute close to 180 while stretching stride length to .75 or so. Why? WHY?

I’m slow. I’m not going to get much faster. And yet here I am in a yearlong training plan to oblivion. Why? Why do we run?

Beats me. Maybe because I want to see if I can improve. Maybe because in my soul I’m still a runner. Maybe because most of my life savings is tied up in running shoes.

But when I’m out here, I’m me.

I’m not sure why frisbee golfers throw discs at baskets.

But I know why I chase dreams.

Because they’re there.

That’s what runners do.

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2 Responses to at least i’m enjoying the ride

  1. Jen Knapp says:

    Those dreadlocked deadheads would tell you it’s “disc golf.” But on another note, I’ve begun to run again, after not running for years. Demoralizing at first, but I’ve been improving. There’s something addictive about it. But also magical. Happy (next to the disc golf course) trails!

    • gary says:

      oh, i know, i know. Note proper reference here.

      https://ilikemargarine.com/2018/02/26/i-see-lights-in-a-fat-city/

      But I’m old and grew up with Wham-O and cool letters from their legal department when we would run lower case frisbee in the newspaper, so I will always use frisbee lower case in hopes of riling up some ancient copyright attorney somewhere.

      Yay for your renewed running! It is indeed the cure for troubling times. Although I’ve been picturing myself on runs lately as Piggy on the island, so I’m a teeny bit bitter. Likely just need more fritters.

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