Philosophy of Running

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The presentation I gave at the Steve Moneghetti Training Camp in Dwellingup, Sat Feb 25th 2012. "The philosophy of running"

I like looking at the slides, but you miss the exciting commentary that I put along with them! :-)

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  • Philosophy of Running

    1. 1. The My A Philosophy of Running Peter Mellow, Senior Lecturer, Sports SchoolAuckland University of Technology 1987 - 2011 © 2006 kiwirip@me.com www.petermellow.com
    2. 2. The My A Philosophy of Running Peter Mellow, Senior Lecturer, Sports SchoolAuckland University of Technology 1987 - 2011 © 2006 kiwirip@me.com www.petermellow.com
    3. 3. www.petermellow.com
    4. 4. The nature of... Fitness ?
    5. 5. Components of Fitness (physical)✓Body Composition ✓Agility✓Cardiovascular ✓Balance & Coordination✓Flexibility ✓Power✓Muscular Strength ✓Speed & muscular Endurance
    6. 6. FitnessPhysicalPsychological (mental,sport, fitness, injury)Philosophical (belief,spiritual,shared understanding)
    7. 7. philosophy ¦f l səfi¦noun ( pl. -phies)the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, esp.when considered as an academic discipline. See also natural philosophy .• a set of views and theories of a particular philosopher concerning such studyor an aspect of it : a clash of rival socialist philosophies.• the study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge orexperience : the philosophy of science.• a theory or attitude held by a person or organization that acts as a guidingprinciple for behavior : dont expect anything and you wont be disappointed, thats myphilosophy.ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French philosophie, via Latin from Greekphilosophia ‘love of wisdom.’
    8. 8. “Philosophers spendtheir lives trying to putinto words what thecommon manexperiences.”Emerson
    9. 9. “Things we think, but do not say”
    10. 10. “Things we think, but do not say”
    11. 11. “The unexamined lifeis not worth living.”Socrates 399 BC
    12. 12. “Sport provides auniversal socialcontext for thelearning of suchcherished valuesas courage,honesty,discipline,communal effort,and the pursuit ofexcellence.”
    13. 13. “A sound mindin a soundbody, is a shortbut completedescription of a John Locke 1632 - 1704happy life”
    14. 14. Doctor, author,husband, father, George Sheehanathlete, fitness 1918 - 1993philosopher.
    15. 15. "Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not."George Sheehan, Jim Fixx, Ken George Sheehan Cooper.
    16. 16. “Health, outweighs allother blessings. Withoutproper exercise, no onecan remain healthy; allthe processes of lifedemand exercise;exercise not only of the Arthurparts more immediately Schopenhauerconcerned but the whole 1788 - 1860body.”Schopenhauer
    17. 17. Henry David Thoreau 1817 - 1862Philosopher of nature
    18. 18. “Most of his leisure was spent inwalking. Walking was his path toenlightenment. It was where hedid his best thinking, his bestwriting.”George Sheehan Henry David Thoreau 1817 - 1862 Philosopher of nature
    19. 19. “Most of his leisure was spent inwalking. Walking was his path toenlightenment. It was where hedid his best thinking, his bestwriting.”George Sheehan Thoreau quotes: “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” “If a person does not keep pace with their companions perhaps it Henry David Thoreau is because they hear a different 1817 - 1862 drummer. Let them step to the Philosopher of nature music which they hear, however measured or far away.”
    20. 20. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
    21. 21. “At 60, Emerson was 6 feet tall and65kgs...a person who resembled adistance runner, not only in body butin mind...”George Sheehan Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
    22. 22. “At 60, Emerson was 6 feet tall and65kgs...a person who resembled adistance runner, not only in body butin mind...”George Sheehan Emerson quotes: “First be a good animal.” “Fitness is so inseparable an accompaniment of beauty, it has Ralph Waldo Emerson been taken for it.” 1803 - 1882 “We must be at the top of our condition to understand anything rightly.”
    23. 23. George on running Thoughts on the run - George Sheehan
    24. 24. George on running Thoughts on the run - George Sheehan
    25. 25. “The Strenuous life tastes better.”“Life is made in doing and sufferingand creating.”William James William James 1842 - 1910
    26. 26. “The Strenuous life tastes better.” “Life is made in doing and suffering and creating.” William James“The road to greatness is indeed hard labour.Those of us who would be athletes know that. Ido everything an Olympian does. I experiencethe same fatigue and pain. I, too, have dayswhen I wonder if it is worth it.My body has found in running all it needs to William Jamesknow, or do. I am not upset that it has no other 1842 - 1910skill. My life needs nothing more.”George Sheehan
    27. 27. For some, exercise has brought about rebirth. “Ifind running to be excellent therapy,” wrote arecovering alcoholic. “It has brought me awhole new area for my physical health andconditioning.” A strong recommendation, butmodest compared to what follows.“I have a personal frontier,” he continued, “aplace to focus my energies, something that canturn every morning into an adventure. When Ifinish my little 8km run through the park. I cantruly say to myself for once in my life, ‘Yes, Ican,’ and that in itself is worth living for.”George Sheehan
    28. 28. “Modern man has everything. Heis nothing.”Erich Fromm Erich Pinchas Fromm 1900 - 1980
    29. 29. “Modern man has everything. Heis nothing.”Erich Fromm“Happiness we receive fromourselves, is greater than wereceive from our surroundings” Erich Pinchas FrommFrom an unknown disciple of Stoic 1900 - 1980philosopher Epictetus ( 55 - 135 AD ).
    30. 30. “Physical fitness is notonly one of the mostimportant keys to ahealthy body, it is thebasis of dynamic andcreative intellectualactivity. ” John F Kennedy 1917 - 1963JFK
    31. 31. "Sweat cleansesfrom the inside.It comes fromplaces a showerwill never reach." George Sheehan
    32. 32. Is running a religion?
    33. 33. Is running a religion?"Running is not a religion,it is a place."
    34. 34. Is running a religion?"Running is not a religion,it is a place."
    35. 35. Is running a religion? "Running is not a religion, it is a place."“A place to commune with Godand yourself, a place forpsychological and spiritualrenewal.”
    36. 36. Is running a religion? "Running is not a religion, it is a place."“A place to commune with Godand yourself, a place forpsychological and spiritualrenewal.”
    37. 37. Is running a religion? "Running is not a religion, it is a place."“A place to commune with Godand yourself, a place forpsychological and spiritualrenewal.”George Sheehan
    38. 38. Motivation
    39. 39. MotivationExtrinsic - externalRewardsRecognitionAttentionPrizesMoneyPositionStatusMay be stronginitially but oftenshort term only
    40. 40. MotivationExtrinsic - external Intrinsic - internalRewards Feeling of well-Recognition beingAttention Self-esteemPrizes ConfidenceMoney IdentityPosition MasteryStatus PurposeMay be stronginitially but often May be long termshort term only and lasting
    41. 41. “We train to become athletes. The word comes froma Greek word meaning struggle and prize. Thestruggle is for the prize which is oneself.”
    42. 42. “We train to become athletes. The word comes froma Greek word meaning struggle and prize. Thestruggle is for the prize which is oneself.”“The philosophy of exercise is the philosophy ofholism. The gym is a place where we develop ourwhole personality, where we strive for the excellencethe Greeks called arete (pronounced ar-ay-tay) - tofunction as you are supposed to function, to achieveyour personal best. Not to be the best in the gym, butthe best you.”
    43. 43. “We train to become athletes. The word comes froma Greek word meaning struggle and prize. Thestruggle is for the prize which is oneself.”“The philosophy of exercise is the philosophy ofholism. The gym is a place where we develop ourwhole personality, where we strive for the excellencethe Greeks called arete (pronounced ar-ay-tay) - tofunction as you are supposed to function, to achieveyour personal best. Not to be the best in the gym, butthe best you.” “The real reason why we train is to begin the lifelong task of becoming an athlete, and achieving arete.” George Sheehan
    44. 44. “Frontiersmen of the American West usedto carry small leather bags strung aroundtheir necks. The bags contained flint, steeland tinder to make fires, comprised their‘possibles.’ The theory was that even if Robertthey lost their supplies, these essentials Fulghumwould keep them alive. 1937 -The West was often wilder then even thefrontiersmen expected. Sometimes theyfound themselves alone with nothing.Some still survived. Their real possibles,were banging about in their heads.Courage. Imagination. Self-confidence.Pigheadedness.We too possess unplumbed possibilities.”
    45. 45. Ted.com
    46. 46. Ted.com
    47. 47. “One that reckoneth accounts all the daypasseth not a happy moment. One thatgladdeneth his heart all the day provideth not forhis house. The bowman hitteth the mark, as thesteersman reacheth land, by diversity of aim.”The Egyptian sage Ptahhoptep c. 2400BC
    48. 48. “One that reckoneth accounts all the daypasseth not a happy moment. One thatgladdeneth his heart all the day provideth not forhis house. The bowman hitteth the mark, as thesteersman reacheth land, by diversity of aim.”The Egyptian sage Ptahhoptep c. 2400BC “All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy.” James Howells Proverbs in English, Italian, French and Spanish 1659
    49. 49. Two of George’s quotes on fun and play. "Fitness has to be fun. If it is not play, there will be no fitness. Play, you see, is the process. Fitness is merely the product." "Play is where life lives."
    50. 50. Foster FUN in your exercise.Intensity changes, order of exercises, socialaspects, environment, variety, mode, goals, games,sport, laughter, rest, off task thoughts and actions.
    51. 51. ‘Retro’ running
    52. 52. ‘Retro’ running
    53. 53. Be true to... Running

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