Running Experiment

A friend of mine had a great idea for a blog post. I’ve written about what I see while running, and she suggested I write about what I hear when running as well. She often runs without headphones just to take in her surroundings, so I did my own little experiment last week and went without headphones too. Here’s what I noticed.

Wind chimes. At 5:00 a.m. before work, it is so quiet. I pretty much only hear my own footfall UNTIL a random gust of wind rattles a wind chime. Let me just say I have a love-hate relationship with wind chimes. On a summer day in Oklahoma when I’m sipping iced tea lying on the trampoline in my parents’ back yard, wind chimes are the ideal sound to accompany that experience. But can we talk about how eerie wind chimes sound when you’re out running by yourself, they break a complete silenceand it’s pitch black and foggy outside?! The perfect remedy for urinary retention issues. I just may recommend that for my elderly male patients with prostate enlargement.

The sound of my own weirdness. I never realized how much I talk to myself when I’m alone for a while. I mean, I don’t have full-on conversations with myself, but I certainly do weird things. My longest run of the week takes about 1.5  – 2 hours, and last week I got weeeeeird. Without anything in my ears to entertain me I started singing dirty rap songs in an opera voice to make myself giggle. So thanks, M.B., for bringing that elegant frightening aspect out of me by suggesting I run without headphones. 🙂

Footfall. Depending on what surface we run on, our footfall makes different sounds. Which I always knew, but I never realized how peaceful and hypnotic that consistent, rhythmic sound can be. And how those different sounds bring me back to different places where I heard the same sound. Like how the sound of crunching snow brings me back to the Midwest. Or the sound of rubber on rubber – my shoes hitting the track oval brings me back to a particularly wet outdoor track meet in college.

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Sometimes it’s nice to be without headphones and enjoy the sounds of where you are, ya know? This little experiment has made me want to do that more often. It’s also made me realize how much I enjoy running with people to keep me company rather than just my music. Running with Club Northwest teammates is the best, though. I would never need music again if I lived next door to all those girls and could run with them every day. They’re crazy awesome and super fast.

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**Do you run/walk/workout with music? Or do you prefer silence?**

**Do you like to be active with people or go solo?**

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10 Things I’m Thankful For

The other day a friend asked me to blog about ten “micro” things I am thankful for, which I thought was an interesting and creative question to answer. “Micro” meaning it can’t be any of the big typical things one would usually say like “shelter” or “health” or “family”. They either have to be really specific or just [literally] really small. So here you go! In no particular order…

1. I’m thankful I don’t have a gluten allergy. That would mean no more naan bread or beer and those (I think) are the most delicious gluten-containing foods so that would just be the pits.

2. I’m thankful for chlorophyll because without it, nature would not be as beautiful because everything that is currently green would have to be another color and green is my favorite.

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3. I’m thankful for Tyrel’s keen ability to understand and forgive. He really gets inside my brain and heart and knows what’s going on before I can even verbalize it. And he’s quick to show me grace and forgive faults when Lana Darkside comes out without warning.

4. I’m thankful for harmonicas and didgeridoos because their sounds make me really happy.

5. I’m thankful for the process of mitosis and meiosis because without them we couldn’t make new humans or generate new, healthy cells to repair ourselves. Plus it’s just really fun to think about that taking place in our body as we speak. Our bodies are so stinkin’ cool.

6. I am thankful for mountains because they provide adventure, fun, and beauty every single season out of the year. Camping, trail running, hiking, skiing…

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7. I am thankful for my sister’s sense of humor. We’re pretty evenly matched in the weirdness category which A) makes me feel more normal than I truly am and B) makes me laugh really really hard.

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8. I am thankful for my sleeping bag. It’s the warmest, happiest place in the whole entire world. (Thanks, Ty! Best. Purchase. Ever.)

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9. I’m thankful for hard times and difficult circumstances. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t particularly enjoy them, but I am thankful for them because they make me a better person and live life with more gratitude and contentment than I would otherwise. Some of the hardest things in life also seem to bring the most joy, ya know?…raising kids (not that I would know but I can imagine), marriage, being obedient when you don’t want to but you know it’s for your good…

10. I‘m thankful for sushi and that obviously needs no explanation.

**What is something random that you’re thankful for?** 🙂

 

Running Post

Remember last post when I told you my goal was to blog with honesty and not out of fear of what you’d think? Well, holding true to that, expect to read more running-related posts this year. If I spent 15-20 hours per week playing shuffleboard, there would be a percentage of posts regarding shuffleboard that would correspond to the time I spent doing it.

By the way, have you seen those photo-ish/meme thingies that say something along the lines of, “pretty sure no one would run races if they weren’t allowed to talk about running races”? There is some truth to that. I don’t take offense. I find it hilarious.

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But hey if something like shuffleboard is what you do, and if it fills up a lot of personal hours in your week as your “me” time, then let’s talk shuffleboard, dude! 

4 Things You Should Know That Hold Very Little Importance:

  1. I know where every sani-station/portapotty/honey bucket/port-a-john is within about a 20 mile radius of where I live. And have visited just about all of them.
  2. Because I frequent a lot of the same trails, I have made a friend in his 60s who doesn’t know he’s my friend. But I have a made-up name for him and wave an enthusiastic “hello” every time we cross paths and just recently we’ve progressed to exchanging 3 second phrases.
  3. I’m not one to shriek and squeal over meeting famous people, but one time I sat down for a beer with Jim Ryun who was the first high schooler to break the 4 minute mile way back in 1964. Just kidding I didn’t have a beer with him. It was cranberry juice. I was 13. And I like to think of it as my first date since my next date wasn’t until I was somewhere around 19.
  4. Sometimes I pick up hitchhikers. Coccinellids, mostly. This gal literally stayed on my arm the whole 1.5 I was in the shade and flew off when the sun started shining on me and it warmed up. Clever little thing. If I ever hitch a ride on a giant, I’m leaping off when we get to Mercury or Venus.

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This is what I get to look at on the trails.

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I run with my phone. Hence the photos.

What’s currently on my shuffle:

  1. Carry Me…Bombay Bicycle Club
  2. Luna…Bombay Bicycle Club
  3. It’s Alright Now…Bombay Bicycle Club
  4. My Body…Young the Giant
  5. Dissolve Me…Alt-J
  6. Fitzpleasure…Alt-J
  7. Pompeii…Bastille

**What do you spend most of your “me” time doing? **

**What music have you been listening to lately?**