The first article- “Runners of All Shapes and Sizes” introduces a resolve: A dedication to the influence of the inspiration for what will always be remembered as the 9/11 Twin Towers – of this series examines running’s global influence from a macroscopic perspective. This eleventh article follows “The runner’s way: Running as a way of life” continuing to examine running’s influence except from a microscopic perspective. Each article explores a unique global characteristic on a solemn journey toward the eleventh anniversary of the event tragedy the nation and spirit endured. (The towers commemorate a diversity inspired by culture reborn in American. What the born action to run bonds across humanity, the center to trade amidst the world helps bring further settlement.)
Beyond the runner’s high, the act of running has been popularly labeled as an effort filled activity. Runners may experience the challenges of ‘hitting the wall’, nagging injuries, and running might even be considered a struggle. Much less known is the delicate ease that can develop during a run.
Most notably, achieving a state of comfort may develop out of simple contemplation on striding with ease. The balance and majesty of single leg yoga asanas; the soft, subtleness of Tai Chi; or the elegance and grace of ballet, might all illuminate the fluidity a runner can attain.
Striding without exertion lends to a certain state of mind where the runner knows more effort can be given. At the same time, a runner begins to believe that finding deeper inner tranquility can further grasp the movement’s ease that can serve to speed up the trek.
Running is transformed into a meditation when a runner finds a source from which to draw this subtle grace. This turns a physical effort into a sort of practice in patience, or more aptly a determination in concentration that resides also as a determination contained with ease. Like swimming requires the body and mind to flow with water, comfort in running gravitates toward a gentle continuum.
The gentle, subtle ease found in a run only fosters speed out of refinement, simultaneously allowing effort to be continually reserved. Acquiring skill becomes the overwhelming agenda as future success becomes more certain with each fluid stride. Ascending and transcendence occurs as the runner is no longer concerned with making it to a finish, but rather where and when the decision takes place to conclude the trek.
Just as running in this way helps center an individual’s awareness while simultaneously connecting the runner to the earthly environment, endeavoring in global trade bridges cultures across the world.