Credits to the unknown shoemaker…

Dear maker of my recent pair of running shoes,

Thank you for providing my feet with ample support.
Thank you for helping me to run happily for more than a thousand kilometers.
Thank you for that special reinforcements around the ankles.
Thank you for the great traction on every terrain.
Thank you for making these shoes stable enough to carry me home even after the sole started to fall apart (20 km from home…).

Thank you for providing us with new shoes to replace the old ones.
Thank you for adding additional support for my funny way of running.
Thank you for that crazy shoe color.
Thank you for having these shoes available whenever we need them.

Thank you for doing what we ourselves cannot do anymore.
Thank you for being our shoemaker…

Others’ thoughts on running: Columbia students

This is a very nice article about the benefits and challenges of running. Written from the perspective of eager students that make their way in a big city’s university.

…In nature, we watch the seasons change; they see grey, and we see green become yellow, become brown, become nothing. The cracks of our shoes are filled with dried up mud, the windy river air crashes imposingly against our chapped faces…

A very nice picture you paint there, Ms. Jacobovitz!

Read the full article here: Just run it: Jogging Columbia students

A break from running: Peter’s traveling 

Today, I’m traveling to the U.S. This is my first flight with Lufthansa: The airline that my dad is so very fond of.  So far, I can’t back up his high thoughts for this big German airline. The entertainment system on my seat is defective, the cabin is more than crowded and we’re late one and a half hours without even leaving the airport gate.

The way to the airport was much more effective, but all in all the journey so far turned out to be a reminder of what I value so much about running. Just to be clear, I’m thankful for the opportunity to go to the U.S. after a few years of not traveling by plane at all. But you know, it’s always more fun to complain. And after sitting in this cabin without moving for over and hour now, I have some thoughts on my mind. And since I’m embarking on a ten-hour flight with nothing else to do (TV’s broken, remember?), I gladly share these with you in full detail…

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Two ways to drive change…

Recently while running, I thought about the different ways change can happen. I’ve been involved in quite a few discussions and events involving change lately. Change on a personal level, change in business terms, change in general. None of those events were related, but somehow it felt like they were all handled alike.

So, the thoughts circulated my mind about the patterns behind the changes I’ve witnessed lately and as I ran along, all the change events were lining up in between two extremes of how change was driven.

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The danger of stepping out the front door…

Yesterday, I took my shoes out for a walk and like Mr. Tolkien made Bilbo say:

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

I remember stepping out my front door and the next thing I remember, as I ran down some muddy road, I suddenly found myself in the middle of a flock of sheep. There was “baa” all around me. Lamb hid behind their ewes, while the older sheep just chewed, watching me alert but not at all fearful. A few minutes later, the lamb also decided it was safe to give in to curiosity and so some approached me while others just resumed their meal.

And I? Well, I stood there.And I smiled. I smiled at those little lamb, I smiled at the older sheep, I smiled at the whole scene: A few minutes earlier, I stepped out of the door with a head full of issues, todos and whatsoever. A head so full, I didn’t even notice how I got onto this muddy road. And now, none of these problems that clouded my head remained. All that was left was fresh air, a cloudy saturday morning and that terribly beautiful concert of “baa”.

So, you were right, Mr. Baggins: It’s a dangerous business, going out your front door. But a life-enhancing one as well.

Running is escape

Most certainly, you’ve also had that thought sometime:  “I need to get out of here!”. And well, probably then you should. There may be plenty of get aways to choose from: Short prestigious breaks in London or New York, romantic trips to Paris or Vienna or simply a stay at a cozy hotel somewhere near.

I tell you, keep your money and just take a step out of your front door…

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