Don't you get bored?

Sitting around a table at a local watering hole the other day, chilling out after one of those action-packed CBC softball league games during which no one pulled any muscles, took a line drive in the face or collided with an outfielder while screaming "I got it, I got it, I got it, oops!", the topic turned to other forms of exercise.

And — as is sometimes the case during these malted beverage discussions — I got peppered with the why's and wherefore's of long-distance running.

Randi — who favours inline skating and throwing the ball hard enough to leave a nasty red welt in the palm of your catching hand — said she could understand running a bit. Maybe a few kilometres.

"Don't you get bored?" she asked.

"Yeah, sometimes," I said. "Parts of 'The English Patient' and 'Brokeback Mountain' had me on the fasttrack to snoozeville. But getting bored while running?"

Thing is, there's lots to keep you occupied during a run.

You can:

  • Focus on your form.
  • Concentrate on your breathing technique.
  • Work on increasing your stride rate.
  • Picture yourself running your goal race.

Or, you could just have fun.

You can drink in your surroundings, clear your head, listen to your breathing or the sound of your feet hitting the ground. You can even just smell the roses.

I have stopped to watch deer grazing, fish jumping and hawks circling. Or were they vultures? Still not sure.

I've listened to waves breaking and watched the power of flowing water. I've planned out dinner menus, gone over several drafts of a 20-minute speech and even written this post. Well, I didn't actually write it — the paper would have gotten soaked from the sweat and all the words would have disappeared.

Sometimes you can just shut everything down, go on cruise control and emerge rejuvenated at the end of it.

Running is exercise and exercise is a celebration of life. Celebrating a couple hours of life is never boring.