We went to Park City yesterday because I wanted to show Brooke around one of my absolute favorite places in Utah.
This was Brooke’s first time on a chair lift:
We took the chair lift up the mountain to go down on the Alpine Slide. I rode the slide as a kid and loved it so I was beyond stoked to take Brooke.
I think she yelled ‘THIS IS SO FUN’ about a hundred times on the way down.
And now I think she thinks that Park City is just as cool as Disneyland.
The more miles we run, the more skills we acquire. I think we value the skills that we gain from running a lot more than a non-runner would but let’s talk about all of the incredibly important talents we gain from running.
-We learn to be able to throw a paper cup (usually with about 2 ounces of water or gatorade still in the cup) into a trash can about 6 feet away from us. This skill is acquired even more so during those really tough races where we try to occupy our mind with anything and everything else besides thinking about how tired we are… i.e. placing bets with ourselves on whether or not we will make our cup into the trash can.
-Running has given me the necessary survival skill of knowing exactly where the best restrooms and drinking fountains are within 7 miles of my house.
-A huge talent that I have gained from running—> Being able to take a selfie while running, now that takes a lot of skills (or none at all but let’s pretend that it does).
-Running helps me to keep up with my math skills. Figuring out how long it will take me to finish my run, what my splits need to be to hit my time goal or calculating when I need to turn around and head home helps me to keep up with my mathematics.
-Running gives us the important skill of being able to tear open a gu wrapper with our teeth while we are running. The biggest talent in this situation is to be able to actually eat the Gu. If it wasn’t for running… I wouldn’t come within 10 feet of that stuff.
-I think that running gives us the skill of understanding our bodies incredibly well. We learn what foods work for us and what doesn’t leading up to a run or race. We become talented at knowing our system pretty well, we figure out when we need rest and when we can push things.
-I now have the skill that I acquired from running to be able to guesstimate the distance from point A to point B. I can also tell you exactly where each mile marker is on many of my favorite trails.
-Being a runner =s injuries periodically for a lot of us. Over the years of running and experiencing random aches and pains we gain the skill of learning how to google/research the injury like it is our job. We then try everything under the sun to heal the injury and become very talented at spending all of our money to do so.
-Running has helped me to become very efficient at pushing myself extremely hard in the morning during my tough workouts followed by spending the rest of the day being as lazy as possible.
-We learn the skill of checking the weather report obsessively leading up to a race.
-We become very talented at doing extremely strange things like taking ice baths in rivers after a long run, running way before the sun comes up in the morning or logging mile after mile on the hamster wheel (treadmill).
-Running has taught me the skill of iTunes usage. This skill has probably robbed me of $$$$$$$$$ because I must have the perfect music to run to. Maybe I just need a life but I am on iTunes way too much.
-We become extremely talented at carb-loading and refueling our bodies after a run with all sorts of goodies (donuts—> I’m looking at you).
-I have gained the talent of being able to change clothing in approximately 30 seconds. All of the early morning runs have given me this skill because sleeping a few more minutes before getting out to run is much more important than taking my time to get ready for my run.
-Running has made me talented at being able to push through the pain/fatigue and it teaches us the discipline to finish what we set out to do. Now those are some pretty valuable skills in my opinion.
What are some skills and/or talents that running has given you?
Who has been to Park City? Favorite things to do and see there?
If you are a morning runner—> do you take your time to get ready or do you sleep as long as possible and get ready to run really fast?