Technical: of or relating to technique
Put one foot in front of the other. Rapidly. Over and over and over. That’s it; that’s running — or is it?
Simplicity is the outcome of technical subtlety. It is the goal, not the starting point.— Maurice Saatchi
Running is simple — isn’t it?
On the surface, running isn’t a very technical sport. Which is probably one reason so many take up running — some clothes, some shoes, and you can run, right? What else do you need?
No balls. No helmets. Maybe some day runners will be required to wear helmets like bikers! Talk about your hat hair. You can go out your front door and simply run.
Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they’re great because of their passion.— Martha Graham
A little technique is a good thing
Running isn’t as non-technical as it appears on the surface. Sure, you can just go out there and run. Heck, you don’t even really need shoes if you buy into the whole barefoot running thing.
Take it from my sister, whom I think assumed she, the athlete, could run if I could do it — and did just that — just ran. And wound up with an injury so severe that she could barely walk for six weeks.
A little technique isn’t a bad thing. Learning about the technical side of running should help you to run better. What is good running form? What should you eat to fuel your runs — or should you even eat? How can aid your recovery? What’s the best sort of cross training (and how little can you get away with)?
These are questions most runners ponder. They’re definitely the technical side of running, and they’ll keep you guessing your whole running “career”.
Welcome to the dark side of running
GPS watches. Heart rate monitors. Phones and apps. Safety devices. Some way to carry water. Fuel belts. Running clothes that will keep you warm or keep you cool. Before you know it, running just got a whole lot technical — as in you have to make sure everything is charged up and has a place before you can even step out the door.
And let’s not even talk about the cost of running shoes and how quickly they wear out . . .
Do you need all of that? Old timers will laugh at you and tell you you don’t. The running magazines will tell you you do.
It’s up to you to decide just how technical you want to be.
I am linking up with Debruns and her Wednesday Word
Tell me in the comments:
Do you think running is a technical sport?
What running doo-dad can you live without?
What running doo-dad do you have to have to get out the door?