Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Running and the Woodpecker

Well my youngest son has gone back to college town. He has to hold onto his job over the Summer, I'm proud of him as he's making great grades and holding down a nearly full time job. We will miss him!!
Today we are expecting drenching rains. I got out early, the sky overcast, nary a breeze, sound travels far and seems to be magnified in these conditions. The most dominate sound was of a Woodpecker! He was hammering away on some distance deciduous delectable.
I am now at a plateau point. I am going to "try" to run five times a week for 30 minutes a pop. I am allowing the heel and foot to mend as I have gradually increased stress.
As I made the turn for home I heard another Woodpecker! Hammering with incredible speed for the prize! I likened this to running. We know where the reward is....we work hard for it...sometimes we are rewarded, sometimes the prey escapes, yet we do not quit! Ever hunting and hungering! One other observation: He's not satisfied if he does find satisfaction...there is always that ever recurring hunger...just like a runner....hungering for a PR, to break a barrier.
Yep...runners are like woodpeckers! 30 minutes of good effort...Peace!

6 comments:

aron said...

great metaphor :) those birds are funny little guys!

Marlene said...

Keep at it and you will be rewarded like the woodpecker!

Anne said...

I love the sounds of woodpeckers. There's something comforting in their staccato-like noises being the only thing (besides your heavy breathing) to break the noise barrier. And, as you so nicely used it as a metaphor, 'tis better to peck away than pounce on the obstacles preventing you from running pain-free right now. I hope the devastating family news becomes one of hope and eventual triumph.

Meg said...

Yep, never quit! Keep up the five times a week and your consistency. It will pay off!

Terri said...

Love the metaphor! Its nice to hear others do that while running, I see metaphors all the time on runs and it really draws my heart and mind upward. It's why I love running so much. Hope you can turn a corner soon on the running and be rewarded for your patient perseverance.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I love this. It was like I could hear the tapping sound as I read. Thanks for sharing this!

Great running!

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