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Loop

by Javon Adams

EPMD’s Erick Sermon has an oft quoted line from their classic song, ‘You Got’s to Chill”. As the beat drops he opens the song in what became a trademark lisp, ‘ Relax your mind, let your conscience be free…’ As a runner those are the moments that I live for, when I am not thinking of prospecting for the next pressure washing job, brainstorming on the next song or thinking about ways to improve my efficiency at my 9 to 5. While slow at the end, my Saturday run allowed me to lose myself in my run.

When I have limited time to run I have two go to spots that I find convenient. They are Out and Backs. If I had my druthers, I would choose a loop and have a more robust rotation. Saturdays and Sundays often afford me the time to revisit some of my favorite trails or explore new ones. So, after my radio partner and I wrapped up our Saturday radio show I dropped my laptop at home and drove out to White Tank Mountain Regional Park. My trail or choice  was the Sonoran Loop Competitive Track. 

I set my Garmin to Play All Songs and set off on my journey. I felt good as my truck became smaller in the distance. The backdrop of the mountains and the well kept dirt trail were just what the doctor ordered. As I alternated between running and walking, my mind was not consumed with tasks to be completed. I was relaxed. I was challenged by the terrain and throughout the 6.5 miles I pushed myself and made mental notes of what to do differently with fueling. But I was calm.

There are always things you can do better on a run. Or at least that is what I find. Next time I will change up the fuel I use and I might even upload some additional songs on the Garmin but I am feeling better mentally and physically. Stretching before runs has helped and understanding that I do not need to compare myself to others (or even my former self from 3 years ago). 

I am thankful for the ability to run. Thankful for the good paces and the bad. Thankful that I running does not demand perfection. Thankful that on the really good days I am able to ‘relax my mind and let my conscience be free’.

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