Eliud Kipchoge did not achieve a sub-2-hour marathon over the weekend. He got a 2:00:25. I mean, total fail, right? He was way off.
I guess I don’t get it, though. Why are we always trying to go faster? What’s wrong with slowing down?
Some of the best things in life are slow like—well, darn, all I can think is chili in a crockpot. But, man, a nice slow-cooked chili with onions and cheese on top? What’s better than that?
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become a slower runner. At first, I was mad about it. The laws of nature should not apply to me. If I want to be fast, I shall be! Just like a reality TV star, I wanted it more, therefore, I should get it. But my body has different ideas and it’s basically running the show these days.
I’ve slowed down on my long runs—and all of my other runs—and you know what? Don’t tell anyone, but it’s kind of nice. It’s fun, even! I set out with no goals in mind except to take my time to stop and smell the…oh, who am I kidding…to stop and take a selfie.
A wise man once said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
How I’ve “stopped to look around” on a long run, includes taking nature photographs, walking along a stone labyrinth at an Episcopal church, emailing some people, petting random dogs, zip-lining, chatting with neighbors or whomever, and—oh—once I ran so slow I wasn’t moving at all…I just sat in the sunshine with a cold glass of rosé. Love those runs.
Yeah, I didn’t feel like going, so I just skipped my long run. Yep, just didn’t go. Nobody even had to write me a note.
I guess I have a very Ferris Bueller-esque approach to running these days. Maybe I should put Twist and Shout on my playlist.
The only down side to all this slowing down and enjoying myself business is that all the chores I didn’t do before my run are still waiting for me when I get home and I can’t call in sick for those. Let’s see how fast I can do all these dishes.
Kerrie Turcic is a runner from Maple Valley, Wash. Kerrie is currently a copywriter by day, and also a