Have you seen the film “All of Me”? With Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin? I haven’t, but I believe Lily Tomlin’s soul (?) somehow enters Steve Martin’s body and she is able to control the right (or is it left?) side of his body.
That’s how I feel when I’m running.
My upper half is pumped up, ready to run. Feeling strong. But as soon as I start running, my lower half seems to have a mind of its own – which is strange, since my mind is contained in my head, which, from what I learned in school is located in the upper half of my body.
My legs drag, almost tripping, moving without any kind of coordination. If they had a personality, they would be Jerry Lewis’s original persona in “The Nutty Professor”. A more contemporary example would be…oh poop, I’m not very contemporary…let’s just say anyone clumsy and inept.
So my upper mind starts lecturing the lower one:
Upper Half (UH): Focus! What are you doing? Are your shoes even on the right feet!?
Lower Half (LH): Dum de dum de dum…look at the ocean! Is that a sea lion?
UH: Seriously? You don’t even have eyes!
LH: I don’t need eyes to see.
UH: So now you’re a Jedi warrior?
LH: Maybe. Dum de dum…You’re too serious.
UH: I am?
LH: I just want to be strong enough so that I can carry you when you get old. Uh, older. You’re too worried about how you look when you run.
UH: Oh. You’re right. Sorry I yelled at you.
LH: That’s okay. I wasn’t really listening anyways.
UH: You’re smarter than I thought you were.
LH: I know.
The conversation always starts off the same way, and about a mile or so in, they come to some understanding and I begin to run in peace. I hope that someday the arguing will cease and that peace will be the first feeling that starts off every run.