What is the worst thing in the world? Well maybe not the worst thing cause there’s still cancer, poverty, and other calamities, but perhaps it falls in the top one hundred. Watching a really good show, getting really attached to it, spending all your free time watching it. Then it ends. That feeling of utter depression. Feeling of deprivation. Sadness.
“You just ran 4:58!” — Coach Penell
Running, more specifically distance running, has always been the sport that I have done. The first time I was submerged into the fantastic world of running was in my 8th grade year. Track tryouts had come and I tried out for sprints. I was above average and I made the sprinting team, but as events followed I did not hear the sprint coaches call my name when the sprinters and distance runners were being separated. As fate would have it, I was introduced to distance running. Right away it was apparent that I was good at it. I would pull away from fellow runners during workouts. I would run faster in races. My distance running career had started.
An obvious difference between these two terms are their definitions. Pessimistic is defined as tending to see the worst aspect of things or believing that the worst will happen. Realistic is specified as showing a practical idea of what can be expected.
So why are they both used in the same light?
Nowadays, people of all ages have failed to differentiate the meaning of looking at a situation realistically and looking at it negatively.
My partner in crime has made several posts about running, so I feel its appropriate that I add to the discussion. I began running when Amogha, my partner forced me to join the school’s cross country. Before, I actually gave in I made every excuse I could think of like I have no time, I am not fast, I don’t know anyone, or I don’t like running. The reason was for the fear of trying something new.
There is an inference that runners(especially hardcore runners) only see other people as
Fat, lazy people that don’t do anything productive with their lives.
Well, I guess that they do sometimes (I know that I do….), but mostly i see people that could build themselves IF ONLY THEY RAN. My co-blog administrator(?) Tejas when I knew him couple years ago did not run. We went to school together and I kept on trying to convince him to join our schools cross country or track team. He did indeed join the next year and his excuse to me was that we did not know each other that well. He thoroughly enjoys running now (at least I think he does) and we run together whenever the opportunity arises. Continue reading The World Through A Runners Eyes
Running. Many people undervalue this amazing and essential sport. It is literally the base of almost every sport from tennis to football. There is now way that you are going to catch a football in a game without running (unless the other team has no sense of defense). I, as runner, see in society all the time where people don’t care for running.
For example, in high school my cross country team had placed in the southern regional ranking in the southern part of the state as eighth. The top seven teams advanced to the state meet. We had missed the state meet by a mere four points. We were essentially later ranked as 13th in the state. That was a major accomplishment for my team and the school for we had never gotten that close to going to that state meet. Later that week the people posted on the school website that we had placed as seventh in the meet and had just missed the state meet. We contacted several times to fix the mistake but they did not. It might seem as a petty thing to argue about, but it seemed as a big deal to me and to my team.