Running / Fitness: Abstract Psychology or Concrete Science: Wondering –what is that which works better…
I find myself in a dilemma these days: having attended a session on Science in Running. There it was all science behind running; something that is probably is working on everyone’s mind. Noticed this phenomenon around me, since taking retirement from the Army.
In the Army always had one guy (either Senior or an Instructor) to lead and all others followed; there was only loyalty and integrity to the Organization and belief in the person in front. That made us all follow that person and run; whatever distance he set for us!!! No questions asked, No calories measured, No BP taken before and after the run, No checks on lactic acid, No check on threshold level, when it comes to training and Many No’s to every other check-ups except follow the order.. And People did it – doing it and yet working well!! Everyone had once a year a medical check-up and that’s all…
Has it to do with Abstract Psychology or Concrete science? Wondering, How Psychology worked at its best. But then, now that one knows a bit of science; has it started worrying me more… Is it putting necessary or un-necessary caution in my mind… Is it that, I have stopped delivering longer and faster runs because of knowledge of science..
Isn’t it that everyone is made and groomed differently not only in habits / mannerism / food intake, so on and so forth? Some eat rice as staple diet and some bread; do I need to change this habit because science shows something different about rice and wheat..
When it comes to Individual Fitness or Running, doesn’t the same logic apply? One’s threshold level or lactic acid or heart rate or whatever may be different, yet in the Army, it was all the same for everyone; no different yardsticks.. When it came to running 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 km running, everyone just did it; be it day or night and every time gave better and better performance, isn’t it all in the mind though abstract and not concrete! Where do I draw a line between Pure Fitness and Frills!!
Pure Fitness! No Frills!