I went back to see my PT yesterday for a check-up on my ankle (which I broke last May). The ankle is doing well overall and he did a “gait analysis” on my running form while I was there. I’ve got some work to do on my form which will help with my pace as well as how I feel during and after my runs. I know that body work people have known this for a long time, but I feel as if this is a whole new discovery for me as I learn about how my body moves in space. There are default movements that I’ve done for years that are not optimal and will take work to change, but I’m certainly up for it.
Today I listened to this podcast on my run today – it was excellent. I’ve been watching Ben Moon’s videography and photography work for a while now and there’s a touch he applies that hits home for me. If you’ve got an hour, I recommend this one.
This is a video in which Mr. Kipchoge talks about his upbringing in Kenya and his attempt to break the two hour barrier in the marathon, which he almost did last May. It’s worth watching I think (turn on Close Captioning, but listen too, as his accent makes some of the captions that are produced inaccurate).
Three important items from his talk:
1. Stick to your priorities
2. No excuses
3. Learn to say “No.”
Finally, he argues that discipline is like a muscle – the more it gets put into use, the stronger it becomes.
Considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Among his best known ideas is the “land ethic,” which calls for an ethical, caring relationship between people and nature.
I grew up hiking, camping, backpacking in the pacific northwest and didn’t realize the significance of Aldo Leopold until much later in life. In the early 2000s I was fortunate to be able to take a trip to New Mexico and hike in the Gila Wilderness Area and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area. Both were championed by Mr. Leopold, with the Gila being created in the first batch of wilderness areas in 1964. The one named after him came along in 1980.
It is, to me, one of our strengths as a nation. The outdoor areas we choose to protect for the natural life that exists in those places and for our enjoyment is something I am grateful for.