AN EXISTENTIALIST’S GUIDE TO THE LUNCHTIME RUN
A midday motivation to ourselves…
LET’S DO LUNCH.
We can meet in the square, and head out on that 5.5km route that takes us through the Waterfront. We’ll love it.
We’ll need to make sure we get the timing right on actual lunch, though. If we eat too early, we’ll be starving by 3pm; but if we eat too close to run time, we’ll be fighting digestion as well as heavy legs. So I guess we’ll have a mid-morning snack, and then hold out for a proper meal until after our workout.
OK, so we’ll be outside the building, ready to run, at 12.30pm? That’s great, because I have a deadline to conquer; and I can focus on that, knowing there’s freedom to look forward to.
I’m not sure of the pace we’ll run today: but we can start easy, on the way out through town. It’s a little annoying having to stop at traffic lights, but we’re not like those people who jog on the spot, waiting for the lights to change.
Maybe we’ll throw in a few fartleks once we’re on to the paved stuff and there are no intersections to worry about. I love that bit that runs past the restaurants – we can give it some stick while the rest of the world orders their sandwiches.
I prefer doing the route anticlockwise. It’s tougher at the start, but the reward is a faster, more scenic finish; and if we’re not feeling it, we can always jog that last, slightly downhill kilometre back to the office.
It’s great to run with others sometimes. Some of those ‘others’ are faster, so we can push ourselves a little harder. But today it’s just us and our thoughts… so very existential!
Even though there’s no-one else with us today, it’s not like we’re going to be lazy here. Sometimes it’s great to push hard in sections, feeling fast, before slowing to a jog and recovering for that next surge. It’s we can do whatever we like.
In fact, I’m even going to make this run ‘private’ on Strava. (Probably a good thing, because if anyone saw the file, they’d probably wonder why there are all those pace drop-offs; not to mention the Nietzsche reference in the name.)
Remember to warm up; and then to jog that last 300m to the office. Let the legs cool and give some space for those endorphins to flow in, while we hydrate and shower.
By the time we’re done, we’ll be back at our desks with minds refreshed and a body pulsing from the effort. Now turn to page 77, and read tip 105… Let’s go! run…
“It’s our run… we can do whatever we like.”