Friday, November 18, 2011

Running with Axl

I don't think Axl Rose is much of a runner. At least not back in his Appetite for Destruction and Lies days. But I've been hearing the song "Patience" in my head a good bit lately, particularly while running.

Patience is one of those songs that has forever stamped its tune on the word/concept of patience for me. I can't hear or think the word without seeing the video or hearing the melody. And patience is a virtue I've been lacking on runs since easing my way back into things post-ankle injury.

I used to be able to settle into whatever distance run and know I was going to be out there for a while, what my pace should be, and just drop into a groove. At this point of the comeback, my runs are three to five miles and I feel out of sorts. Not resigned to a distance and running without rhythm.

And that's generally when Axl chimes in. Ah yes, patience. Funny how no running at all for almost a half a year will set you back. Throw you off.

But I'm running without pain. Endurance is coming back. Speed is inching up. No distance or pace is taken for granted. It's a beginner's mind mentality. It's a gift. Like patience.


Stephen G. Bardsley said...

MV, Ah,the old Appetite for destruction album. One of my classics and probably top three all time albums. And yes, listened to on the Ipod during many runs. Just recently found and checked out Youtube vids of Carrie Underwood covering GNR songs. Worth the look! She is bad ass, and nails Axl! Glad you are back running. Bards

Michael Valliant said...

Thanks for saying hey, Bardsley! Hope all is well in your neck of the Shore. Happy Thanksgiving, kind sir!