21 February 2011
“Kelly” 400m run, 30 box jumps, 30 wall balls 5 rounds for time
Demanding in many ways, large reps, strenuous dynamic movements, running in between and 5 rounds of it. Kelly asks a lot of us, to stick it out, to get thru and push thru, pace ourselves and breathe. It is the workout where resting can be the difference between a 25 minute time and a 45 minute time. It is the workout where the run is the rest.
Which brings me to the main topic of today’s blog, running. Just like our workouts and the movements in them the topic is interconnected with so much more. So while it is about running it is also about the tribe, the pack, cooperation, leaving our egos at the door, getting back to health and joyfulness and changing our lives by doing something extrodinary everyday.
Recently TED (ideas worth spreading) had a talk with Christopher McDougall about just such things, called “were we born to run?”. For those of you who are not going to watch the 16 minute video from the link below, I will highlight a few interesting points. Did you know that women were banned from marathons until the 1980’s? The reason for the exclusion, medical science claimed a woman’s uterus would FALL OUT if she tried to run that many miles! People who start running in their teens will reach their peak speed at about 27. So they get faster and faster for about 8 years and then begin to slow down, BUT the slow down process is taking 45 years! This means that people in their 60’s are running as well as they were in their teens. Going back in time he talks about how people have been running since pre-history. Our one advantage as humans, because historically we are the weakest slowest animal, is being able to run long distances on a hot day. We ate meat thousands of years before tools were found…..we ran as a pack and caught animals (go paleo!). This transitions in to the idea of tribe or the pack. It is the idea that we can get greater things accomplished when we work together. It is the idea that our individual selves in all the ways that we are different from one another is our strength collectively. He talks about not having grudges with one another or bringing our own baggage in to the pack…which makes me think of the head games we pay with ourselves during the workouts and when we can leave it on the bench our success rates soar. And last I will mention the idea of doing something extraordinary each day can restore our social mental physical political spiritual health, and to that I say WORD.