Isn’t this why we run?
Because we are always running.
Running around doing or saying or something.
But it is only when we are truly running that we get that zen moment of the true freedom of
- being on foot,
- covering ground,
- and returning to “place” that never is the same.
I have returned to Kansas City after 30 years of living away and I am doing just this, every day in every way. Friends, family, childhood places and spaces, re-visiting a history of mine and of the City Beautiful of Kansas City.
Above tells a story of my journey, but I am here to discuss my training program for Hospital Hill. Well, it was 28 years of running with, at best, a dog along the Cimarron River on the XIT Ranch in southwest Kansas. So my peer group was few, but I did fair pretty well in the local races such as
The Dodge City Marathon which,
as Participant of One,
I Won. Get the isolated picture?
So now while enjoying urban life and the KC CoffeeShop Scene at Eddy delaHunt’s, I ran into Dr. Tom Pierce from whom I request all kinds of tips since my return to town. He handles just about anything with higher than average street knowledge of KC history and cultural geography, running groups, training tips, Westwood Hills homes, and where to find a person of male persuasion with whom I might go to dinner (no longer a point of focus)… (BTW, his recommendation for me was The Linda Hall Library).
And in ’12, despite the fact that I’d run an average of about 12 miles a month, he said of Hospital Hill three weeks before the race,
“mind over matter, you’ve been doing yoga, you’ll be fine.”
So here’s the pathetic picture of me struggling in at the final stretch. My goal was to break two hours, which I did not. I think maybe 2:05 or 2:07. But, he did give me tips on how to pace myself throughout the race.
So, my approach in counting down the weeks leading up to hospital hill as a guest blogger, are to pass along both his instructions and my own thoughts as I worked my way along the course through streets of my past. I’m an architect and preservationist, with a heavy dose of ADHD when I’m not in hyper focus.
So, I will share a little bit
of history and place
along with Tom’s words
on body chemistry and pace.
Tom is both a Dr. and Chemist, I believe.
Here is one of his best and first tips:
“Hold yourself upright. First, middle, last,
regardless of how you feel. Military carriage.“
It’s somewhat similar to what my cousin Gretchen told me at the start of my race of the last two years when encountering friends, family, foes?, fear and complicated factum.
“Hold your head up high.”
I think it’s a pretty good approach to running,
and an excellent approach to life.