Somehow, someone ended up on my blog today by searching the web for the phrase “inadvertantly mooned”. This is a tad surprising on two counts: first that someone would search for pages relating to inadvertant mooning and secondly that my blog contains that very phrase!
Which is a slightly different start to tonight’s post than intended, but the subject matter is related.
Tonight’s lesson is from the book of John the Hobbler and is on the subject of humility.
My run tonight consisted of 2.5 miles spread out over 45 seconds walking/45 seconds running, with the running at a feeble 15 mins/mile pace. It was probably my best run for 7 weeks. It probably didn’t look very impressive to the burly 20 something lad who bounced towards me with that smug look of superiority on his face. It probably didn’t look very impressive to the passengers in the steady stream of cars whizzing along the busy road I was running beside. I couldn’t quite tell whether the glances in my direction were sympathy or amusement.
One thing which is certain is that I wasn’t impressing anyone with my running prowess.
It is difficult to accept that this is my current level of performance, but even if I ran with a banner proclaiming ” I ran the West Highland Way” it wouldn’t alter the fact that at the moment I can’t run more than 45 seconds at a time. If it is true that you are only as good as your last run, then my last run was nothing to write home about. That isn’t to diminish how I used to run, but how I used to run is sod all use to me today.
So I have to try to run with humility. In the words of Dirty Harry “A man’s gotta know his limitations”. The sure way to get re-injured is to run with your ego not your brain. Try to do more than you are able to and your body will break down. Or to continue with the film quotes as they told Tom Cruise in Top Gun “Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash! ”
And as for the blog, while I may think it is flowing prose, to the world it is just Inadvertant Mooning.