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Running Styles:

March 22, 2019

I would invite any of you non-runners, looking for a few laughs, to sometime come to a local race and watch us running humans try to run like a gazelle while in fact, mostly, looking like a bull in a china shop.

Of course, there are some among us, especially of a younger age, who do, in fact, run like a gazelle. One can only be jealous. The vast majority of us look like something other than a gazelle.

There are those, who, perhaps, are trying to emulate ballet dancers and run on their toes. Tried it once, never again. Evidently, it’s an acquired skill.

There are the long-legged runners who, in attempting to take advantage of their long legs seem instead to leap from place to place instead of run. Rather like what a camel must look like when it runs.

There are barefoot runners, I’m told, although I have never seen one nor would I ever even attempt that idea. I don’t even walk around inside my house barefoot (ever kick your toe into something or step on one of your kids’ toys?).

There are those who don’t quite know what to do with their arms. They flail about as if they are trying to stir a cake in a bowl or more like Chicken Little crying “the sky is falling”.

So, if you want a good laugh sometime, come on out and watch. Maybe you’ll even be enticed into joining us just to show us how it’s done (then we can laugh at you!).

Roger Hollis

Air Force veteran, a veteran of 30+ years in the corporate world. Published in Medical Devices magazine. Illustrator for "1000 Ways in 1000 Days" available on Amazon. Long time runner. Author of "Running Log" also available on Amazon

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