The first article- “Runners of All Shapes and Sizes” introduces a resolve: A dedication to the influence of the inspiration for what will always be remembered as the 9/11 Twin Towers – of this series examines running’s global influence from a macroscopic perspective. This 13th article follows “The impact of creativity in running training” continuing to examine running’s influence except from a microscopic perspective. Each article explores a unique global characteristic on a solemn journey toward the eleventh anniversary of the event tragedy the nation and spirit endured. (The towers commemorate a diversity inspired by culture reborn in American. What the born action to run bonds across humanity, the center to trade amidst the world helps bring further settlement.)
Belief can be limited by perception or neglect of the youthful explorative nature. Belief is reaching for the stars and believing that one can fly. Faith involves trust, which may be as simple as trusting one’s own self to trek beyond the road out into Mother Nature. A belief begins at the willingness to entertain an idea and then allowing oneself to feel strongly enough to give the idea wings in reality. Belief can be found, in part, through logic, since the written word can compel the entertainment of new ideas. While faith is not found in logic, faith does play a role in believing.
Early human existences that looked and dreamed of the sky were driven by faith. This forgotten mental existence has fallen prey to logic, a logic grounded in substance not exploration, an earthly objectivity rather than wonder filled faith. Since humans can feel, our definitions of ourselves do not need to be limited by the logical constructs of physics or geometry. And yet, a physics analogy may serve to redefine humanity’s’ capability to fly if one is willing to believe and harbors a little faith:
While standing on a scale you know you need to keep still (“as dead weight”) or the sensor will register too light or heavy. Standing on one’s toes can make the scale register markedly lighter for a brief time. Keeping this in mind, consider flight above one’s earthly “dead” weight as a percentage of flight. When someone is running fast we might say they are flying, but why? In physics, we can transfer weight from the earth directly to the sky (jumping) or partially forward (running). Yes we must come down, but as long as momentum is on our side, that momentum is giving a percentage of our bodyweight, lift. This may be difficult to realize even if one has faith and wants to believe, so a more useful perspective might be found by learning to land gently and allowing momentum to ever so slowly fade away.
Run like you can fly, and ride through the air with wings of momentum until you can glide ever so gently from the heavens to a joyous existence that is a blessing known to the runner who believes.