When I started adopting the new running form that I and so many others have written about (you know – erect body posture, slight forward lean, 180 bpm cadence, yada yada yada) someone suggested that I leave the music at home. That’s been a great thing. I found I enjoy just hearing the sound of my breathing and my feet hitting the ground. Running has become much more meditative. I realized, in hindsight, that the music was a distraction.
Over the winter, however, I started using the treadmill. I can’t go sans music there. I have to have something to keep my mind going and get me energized. I’m no spring chicken – so my running playlists tend to be from the “Classic Rock” genre: Rush, Steely Dan, Genesis, The Who, etc.
The other day Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” started playing. Given my treadmill running routine over multiple months this certainly wasn’t the first time this song had been played while I was running.
It struck me like a ton of bricks how apropos the chorus is for this method of running – one that involves leaning forward……..falling forward:
“Yeah I’m free………free falling”