Showing posts with label plato. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Running and Plato

What is WRONG with me?

Previously, I'd walk for 30 minutes AWAY from the house, then walk/run on the way back. The advantage to this is that it's a mostly UPHILL walk away from the house, and thus the walk/run on the way home was quite do-able. =)

I'd listen to my own stuff on the walk away from the house - I started out with the most fabulous recording of Plato's Republic I've ever heard...ok, it's the ONLY recording of Plato's Republic I've ever heard...but it is really really really good. ANYWAY, I started with that but got bored around Book 6. It seemed to me that Socrates was creating the most evil hideous distopia and I found it completely disturbing and wanted to yell "You're considered an amazing philosopher???? But you're INSANE!" But maybe that's what made him a fabulous philosopher, who knows.

Also, Socrates seems to enjoy following someone's path of reasoning all the way down the rabbit hole until it's quite obvious that it can't work and is completely wrong. Maybe he was doing that when he was creating his evil distopia and I just didn't reach the end of his discourse before I got bored. OTOH, I'd listened to about 4 or five hours of it and I couldn't take it any more.

Anyway, this post isn't really about Plato's Republic. I just started out with him on the 30 min walk away from the house. Then I got bored and switched to listening to music.

On the downward way back home I'd listen to Robert Ullrey's Couch to 5K podcast.

This arrangement was working brilliantly.

So what's wrong with me? Why did I have to change it?

This morning I thought, "I know, why don't I do my run AWAY from the house and then walk on the way back?"

WHY would I think this? It's UPHILL away from my house! And I had Andrew with me which meant I was pushing the stroller!!!!! And even WORSE, in the back of my head I thought, "And maybe I'll just repeat the podcast on the way home."


???????!!!!!!!?????? Where is my brain?

Half way through the intense first run, I thought "Maybe instead of repeating the week 4 day 1 podcast I'll just go onto the week 5 day 1 podcast."

????!!!?????

Why?

Why do I have to push it so hard? My Mum once told me that I've always been like that - I see the thing I want and I make sure I get it. Case in point: my husband. =) I'm just mule stubborn like that.

The 30 minute warm up walk followed by the 30 minute walk/run was a beautiful thing and I LOVED it. My body really really liked that long warm-up. So why did I feel the need to fix something that wasn't broken? Why do I have to do more than is needed?

So anyway, I did the week 4 day 1 podcast away from home. I made it all the way to Main before I'd finished it. Then I did the week 5 day 1 podcast back home.

Week 4 day 1:
5 minute walk
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run
2 1/2 minute walk
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run
5 minute walk

Week 5 day 1:
5 minute walk
5 minute run
3 minute walk
5 minute run
3 minute walk
5 minute run
5 minute walk

Instead of the Euphoric WOO HOOOOO!!! That was GREAT! I did it! Go me! Yeah!

Although I did feel proud of myself that I'd run for 30 minutes, overall I felt just a relief that I'd made it and it was over. And my calves hurt. I'm going to have to wear athletic shoes even in the house today to make sure I don't get shin splints. Also, after running so much I realized that I really really really really need a good pair of running shoes. AND ALSO I need to wear different underwear. The ones I wear now really hold that moisture against my skin and it's blech. Cotton is not kind to runners.


Anyway. Soooo that's my waffle for today. I'm nuts. Sorry about that.


Today: Andrew's been invited to his very first birthday party and is THRILLED. He's been SO excited all weekend. =) After that I'm off on a 2 hour drive to McMinville to see a friend of mine who has just moved in. She and her husband will be apart for 9 months - and she has six children, most of which are under 5. Yikes. Also, Bert comes home today. =) I'm SO excited!!! We really misssed him. =)