By Davey Pittard
About six years ago I was running in one of my first cross country meets as a freshman in high school. I was just over halfway through the race, and that’s when it happened, or at least that’s when I noticed it, and who knows how long it had been going on. I couldn’t get it out of my head and it was driving me crazy. I finally finished the race and it stopped, but I had to figure out what was going on. I told my dad about it, and I did some research. I had only heard it maybe a few times years before but for some reason it was running through my head as I ran the race. Ever heard of the song “Pride” by the band U2? Yeah, that’s what was going through my head, and not even the whole song but only the lines “in the name of love, what more in the name of love,” for almost half the race. Even though this was really obscure to me at the time, these two lines got me into rhythm. My breathing, and my stride all fell into a rhythm with these two lines and even helped me keep my pace during the race. After that I’ve had many songs go through my head while I run, some are still obscure songs from my childhood, but lately it’s been songs like “Tripping Down the Freeway” by Weezer, and “Sloppy Seconds” by Watsky, and singing these songs in my head (and sometimes out loud) get through my run, it’s something for my mind to do, it keeps me focused.
When I’m not singing on my runs, if you want to call it singing or gasping lines out while I breathe they’re pretty much the same thing, my mind wanders, but that’s not a bad thing at all. I’m able to process a lot, I think about my day, about situations that are going on around me, things that I am going to do and how I am going to do them, like write this article. I don’t really think about form anymore, but I did when I first started running but as time has moved forward it has become more of natural thing that I don’t have think about. That’s something that’s beautiful about running. Running doesn’t only provide the opportunity for physical health but running also gives the opportunity for mental, psychological, and even spiritual health as well.
We all think of different things, and that’s what’s interesting, when I first started running years ago, I would often see a patch of grass and think about how nice it would be to lay there and go to sleep. But we all think about different things, so I talked to others to find out what they think about when they run. My manager Elle says that when she’s running that it’s like she’s running from stress and issues that are going on around her, and that a lot of times, she likes to run down roads that she has never been on before, and it’s then when she feels like she is running to a new place away from the old one with all of its issues. For Elle running does a lot for her mentally and spiritually. Greg told me that when he runs he thinks about his breathing and how he’s striking the ground and he thinks about his life, and, by the way, check out last month’s (February 2016) Runner’s World that highlights the All American Marathon, Greg is quoted in it! Jeremiah, (TRS customer), thinks about a lot of things while he’s running, for one, he’ll think about his game in “Clash of Clans,” and he also thinks about languages he’s learning. He told me that he has a very spiritual view of running and that his best runs are when his mind is completely empty, and that it is a great escape for him and that he’s able to run away from problems but at the same time gain new perspectives on life.
Running does different things for all of us, for some of us, it’s more of a physical workout and for others it is more of a meditative experience, but for whatever running does for you, just have fun out there running!