1.Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less:
centered, internal, freedom, environment, immersion
2. How did you get started running? What inspired you to run?
I had run before, as any child would have, but I have a strong memory of the first time I really RAN...I was in elementary school (say 1st grade), and going out to recess a few of us decided to race. I ran so fast and so much faster than everyone else, and had such an exhilarating feeling of speed and freedom and floating, like I had for a moment lifted off and away from not just the earth, but my whole normal human life, only to land again a minute later. My body loves to run, it just feels good to me. I don't want music or distractions, I like to go and feel immersed in either myself or my environment.
3. Your favorite running moment?
When vacationing in Japan, I went for an early morning run on most days, when the cities and streets were empty and quiet. My favorite running moment was one day in Baypu (spelling is wrong, and Google is no help!), which was a forgotten tourist destination on the coast sloping down from an active volcanic region. Running along the morning road, with steam shooting out of crevices here and there along the mountain road, I was getting lost trying to find a ferris wheel I'd seen from the city below. After 2 or 3 miles of small houses and quizzical looks and waves from smiling folks living in small homes along the rocky slopes, I finally came around a bend that ended in an overgrown derelict amusement park from the heyday of this spa towns peak. It sat on the edge of cliff and overlooked the whole bay. Everything was rusted and falling apart and overgrown, except for the petting zoo... At 7am there were a couple of dozen people there (children, parents, grandparents) feeding goats and chickens in a the petting zoo if a crumbling amusement park on a cliff atop an active volcano in a forgotten spa town on the southern coast of japan. You never know what you'll find when you get lost.
4. What do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
Less healthy and more heavy! And prob less confident of myself.
5. Why do you keep on running and running and running...?
It just feels so good! Both emotionally and physically... I feel free when I'm out there just exploring myself and my environment, and the sense of accomplishment is gratifying and always helps me feel stronger (both physically and emotionally). It always feels new to me, and there's always a new challenge.
6. What is your favorite post run/race indulgence?
Easy - ice cream and sleeping in the sun (possibly interspersed with swimming).
7. Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience...
I did a 5k with my daughter when she was 2 1/2, and after maybe 100m I just scooped her up and put her on my shoulders (I also put her down for the last 100m). We finished in under 30mins, and it was fun hearing people say 'did I just get passed by some guy with a kid on his shoulders??