Runner in training: Just run

Running isn’t complicated.

Put one foot in front of the other. Do it over and over again, and then some more.

Good runners can complete this simple task at either a faster rate or a longer period of time.

With enough repetition, the activity becomes almost like breathing.

It’s kind of ridiculous if you think about it.

We’ve taken a natural activity, lifted it on a pedestal and called it sport. We’ve created massive industries around it, from shoe lines to watches to magazines. We’ve created competitions that attract thousands of participants.

We spend money on the latest brands. We purchase the coolest shades. And we suck down the energy drinks that will supposedly help us recover and take us farther.

All this for a simple activity. Put one foot in front of the other. Breath in and out. Repeat. Rest. Recover. Tie the laces and do it again.

I’ve worn the same running shorts since high school. I hate buying new shoes. And I leave the water pack at home if I know where water fountains can be found. I have no set schedule. When I find the time – and it usually finds me – I get out on the pavement and complete the simple task.

Running isn’t complicated. Just get out there and do it.

- Kyle Daly: 920-993-1000, ext. 430 or kdaly@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @kyledaly2

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