In the summer of 2012, I finally read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, and although I in no way, shape or form claim to be an ultra-distance, or even a distance-runner, I was intrigued by the idea that we are, indeed, running creatures, and there is no good reason that running shouldn’t be part of my daily routine, especially if I am running for transportation instead of training or racing. So began the Run to Work Experiment. With a little research online (not much out there), a high tech bag, and lets-see-where-this-goes attitude, I started running at least a portion of my daily commute every day. The results have been nothing short of phenomenal, as I quickly began to recognize the effect of the activity on my general perception, attitude toward work, physical and mental health, etc.
Although the Run to Work Experiment was the initial inspiration for the blog, I am also a competitive athlete and high school track coach, and I have written several posts from those perspectives. As a result, it occurred to me recently that the theme of the blog has morphed into an informal hermeneutical phenomenological investigation or sorts. Hermeneutics is simply the study of multiple texts. Phenomenology is simply the study of lived experience. Together they imply a cyclical process of experiencing reality and reflecting on the experience. Within this context, I now look at this blog as an alternative to a lot of running blogs I regularly follow. One might think of it as a professor’s view on running, racing, coaching, and, of course, life.