Let’s get this out of the way: I’m not a “great” runner. My time isn’t stellar and my form probably leaves much to be desired. When I run I look like an 18 year old overfed pug
This is not a blog about running. If you want some great tips on running (or picking the right kind of race for you), check my friend Mike’s blog out! He’s a Reedy Forker as well, but he looks like a gazelle when he runs.
This is a different kind of runner blog…
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF A REEDY FORK RUN
- Give HIGH FIVES to joggers going the other way
Let’s make this happen! Head nods, half-waves and “hey’s” aren’t any fun at all! We can do better Reedy Fork. Sure, its a little weird at first but I’ve done it a few times out here and I’ve got to tell you: It’ll get you pumped up! Every runner from pug to gazelle can use a high five.
Can we make this happen?
- Enjoy the Wildlife
I don’t wear my glasses when I run. So, this one time I was jogging on Turner Smith and I could barely make out the silhouette of a rock a few yards ahead of me on the sidewalk. Being the ever so wise runner that I am, I planned accordingly and moved over 2 inches to the left to avoid stepping on the rock. However, just as I was getting ready to land the rock jumped out under my foot and made a squish sound.
We have so much wildlife to enjoy on our runs! More than just squishy frogs. Each one can add so much to your run!
Do you need a little pick-me-up when your pace is a tad slow? We have coyotes howling
Do you need a calorie boost when your energy wanes? We have drone ants swarming.
Do you need a spider web in your face?
No. You absolutely don’t ever want a spider web in your face.
- Pray/Meditate/Clear your Head
Life can be stressful. It’s so easy to get lost in a busyness of job stuff, chore stuff and homework stuff. Some of us are dealing with even bigger stresses in life – marriages that are struggling, kids that are off-track, bills that are piling up, health issues, emotional struggles…the list can go on and on.
We can’t avoid it. We can’t ignore the difficulties of life.
The beauty of a good run, however, is that you get a little bit of time to compartmentalize all the messy parts and just focus on the run, or on nothing, or on avoiding spider webs.
Personally, I like to pray when I run. If I’m not praying for me I pray for the homes along my path. So, if you live in Reedy Fork, I’ve likely prayed for you.
Also, and this is a bit off theme – I sometimes catch myself singing. I listen to music and often forget that people can hear me.
So there you have it. Three things to make your Reedy Fork Run just a little bit more enjoyable: High Fives, Wildlife, and Prayer/Meditation. The most important thing to do, however, if you are going to enjoy a Reedy Fork Run is to just get out there and do it! We have an incredible neighborhood with nice trails and challenging hills. Start slow with a couch to 5k and build from there! You’ll be moving on up from Pug to Gazelle in no time!