"It's important to focus on one thing at a time. Even in the Roman times they understood this with their Proverb; 'The man who chases two rabbits catches none.'" I stumbled upon this quote early in the morning. Later in the afternoon, I found myself thinking about the week's school assignments, this evening's workout (the type it should be), and also about moments earlier on advice I had given to someone on a phonecall. Yes, the quote pertains more to someone trying to physically multi-task, but after brain dumping all of my considerations and pondering the Roman proverb, I realized my brain was chasing more than two rabbits and completing any of the thought processes with an appropriate response was impossible. Well, I started over, thought exclusively about the mode of a workout, subsequently, put on a windbreaker, took off my shoes and socks, and left the house for a barefoot 2-miler. Regardless of the weather's 39 degrees, my soles remained warm. Gravity and muscle-pump circulated fueled and unfueled blood around and around. My feet would not "get too cold." I was focused, chasing only one rabbit. The potential energy of my feet off the ground became kinetic energy as they fell closer to the surface of the asphalt until energy became fully kinetic while moving through midstance. My focus turned to my hip mobility in conjunction with my cadence. Good to that point was my form, the rabbit I was chasing though was great. My core remained stable as I adjusted; increased forward lean from my ankles that increased my cadence, which required increased knee flexion. After the split second adjustment, I relaxed with a deep breath. Followed by exaggerating hip extension, an exaggeration only possible due to the initial adjustments. Another relaxed breath. Chasing no longer, I had caught the rabbit. Great running feels effortless, below the belly button feels almost deattached, as if the upper half is riding atop of a unicycle. A split second later, I was bleeding profusely, glass sliced through plantar fascia...just kidding... With balance and posture responding to proprioceptive feedback, my eyes do things like look for debris...naturally. Rabbit in the bag, I ran back to the house, went inside and put on some socks...can't stand getting crumbs from the floor stuck to my foot.
learn, evolve, run!
Blog entry posted by Shodless_Warrior, Mar 5, 2012.