Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. -Dean Karnazes
Changing your stride sucks. It's awkward, sometimes painful, and it takes an aggravatingly long time. There are myriad excuses for not trying to change from a heel striker to a midfoot landing -- the most repeated one is lack of comfort.
"I've been running in sneakers too long."
"I can't change now, I'm too old."
"Running like that is for those fast Kenyans."
All wrong, and all things I've heard. The truth is they're scared. They're scared of taking a step outside their comfort zone and taking a risk.
It may all blow to hell in your face, but what if it doesn't? What if you struggle, fight, toil, and one day find yourself at the end of the road? What if one day you find that you succeeded?
You set out to change your stride, you worked at it almost every day for a year (except when you did too much and got hurt), and now you can't remember what it was like to heel strike. You've shifted your comfort zone to something you desired through effort and strain while racking up a thousand or more miles. What could possibly make you happier than that?
Changing your stride takes time, but most of all it takes a commitment.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. - Buddha
Take a step
This spring, as things thaw out and blossom into the heat of summer, is a perfect time to start your transition. Here are a few reason why:
- If you get caught too far from home, you can walk back without a risk.
- It's the perfect weather to let your feet breath daily, running or otherwise.
- The earth is warm, the mood is rebirth, and they daylight lasts long.
- Because it's now, and now is all you'll ever have.
So take a leap and suffer through your lack of contentment. Your journey may bring you running happiness.