May 27, 2009

The Run Around

Walking is apparently the norm for human bipedal movement. By that I mean that if you deviate from walking you get weird looks. You are violating the behavior that is expected of you.

I can understand why crawling might cause people to wonder about your sanity. It's inefficient and it's not even bipedal. Somehow, crawling is casting off your charter as a human, if only temporarily. it's something that animals do. Don't even mention belly slithering.

But how about running? I guess I like to run.

When I'm walking alone, I often get bored. This is especially true if I've got someplace to go. Sometimes, a stroll is relaxing and enjoyable. You can look around, observe objects and people, and get a sense of your surroundings. At a walking pace you have plenty of time to take in details. But when I am walking through the city to get back to my car, I am impatient. I prefer to break into a jog.

It's a leisurely jog, mind you. But you should see the effect it has on people. You get startled expressions, derisive smiles, and often even comments and laughter. You would think I was doing somersaults. "Save your energy!" people seem to be saying. "Why are you in so much of a hurry?" they ask as they walk by me. Then they hop into their cars and zip of onto the highway at 70 MPH.

I am not a natural runner. I do run for exercise, but not very far. However, once you've run a while you do get a feeling that running is more natural than walking. Walking gets even more boring. At times it even becomes excruciating. Rather than a feeling of leisure, a walk can give you a feeling as though you are holding yourself back. Once your muscles are configured for running, you almost feel a wind at your back, and like walking is constantly resisting that wind which is pushing you forward.

Rather than feeling like you're in a hurry, running is a freeing feeling, like you're going with that flow. But I try not to run all the time. because people think you're crazy. It's almost like those movies where our intrepid heroes have to stagger around to convince the zombies that they, too, are zombies. Otherwise, you don't fit in and next they'll be eating your brains.

Posted by James at May 27, 2009 9:26 AM
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Heh. Save your energy. For what? If I don't jog to my car for the next three days can I power my computer? What am I saving it for.

I sometimes jog when the destination is more important than the journey, like getting back to my car. If I'm with Josh, I get him to run along with me and we add background music. That helps EXTRA with the stares.

Posted by: briwei at May 27, 2009 11:37 AM

Background music? That's awesome.

Posted by: James at May 27, 2009 11:49 AM

Run? I'm not even allowed to walk fast. I was zipping through S&S after work one day, very short on time to make the bus but needing food for dinner, and I actually had an old man tell me to slow down.

Posted by: Maggie at May 27, 2009 4:31 PM

He wanted to look at your behind and the old age made it tough for him to track you at your high rate of speed.

Posted by: James at May 27, 2009 4:36 PM

I love having my days off so I can actually don proper jogging apparel and take a jog without the weird looks! I'll admit, sometimes when I see a teenager running I look at him and wonder if he just shoplifted a candy bar and wants to get the hell out of dudge!

Posted by: Tirzha at May 27, 2009 6:36 PM

I've found that if you practice flying tackles and clotheslining while doing this, the weird looks tend to cease and the sidewalk opens up.

Posted by: Bull at May 28, 2009 9:34 AM

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