Thomas Doyle

Thomas Doyle

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#High Five Bandit 

  • Feb 22nd, 2016 at 10:06PM

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I meant to ask the K Run community about this awhile back, but I think it slipped my mind. Do you greet other runners while you run and if so how do you do it?

I've tried the subtle head nod, the casual wave, the two finger salute, but for our final run I decided I'd high five every other runner I passed. I was a little tentative to start, and I chose a run route through one of the busiest walk/run areas around Portland add to that the 30 degree jump in temp on sunny day and there were a lot of people out which meant a lot of high fives!

The thing is it seemed like everyone out there running was out there trying to do their best, not everyone had that bounding step that inner joy that just exclaims I run because I love it. So I thought I'd try acknowledging how we're all in it together, cultivate the inner spectator as well as the participant.

For me doling out some high fives, watching grimaces turn to smiles was just what I needed to spur on my run. As the smiles started coming, I got more audacious. There was the couple running together trying to judge whether they should both go left or both go right to avoid me while I kept adjusting making their attempts impossible... I'm splitting the two of you down the middle for double fives!

I coupled the high fives with
"tear it down"
"I'm collecting high fives"
"beautiful day"
"Nice stride"
and other such encouragements.

Towards the end of the run. I took a wrong turn, and for a second I was really tempted not to correct my mistake. The wrong turn meant I could cut out about a big hill in route to getting back home. But, I decided to loop around and I was glad I did. I passed someone I saw earlier on in the run. "I ran the route faster than ever today, because of you buddy!"

It was a good final run for me. My haunches are feeling it this morning. I keep laughing every time I stand up and moan my way out of the chair. I'm really glad I did this Run program. Great info, good build up, and although I don't feel like a natural runner that's okay. Just because it's hard doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.

One final thought. When I set out on K Run I was interested in looking at how the thought process shifts when taking on a new type of exercise. Not necessarily just what you're thinking about, but the pattern, the rhythm that your thoughts seem to come in. It seems to feel a little different whether doing yoga, a gym workout, swimming, and I wanted to know how running would feel. One of the things I liked as I set out for the last long run was a calm mind getting ready for the even paced duration. It was kind of nice to know I wasn't going to be fast which let me have a relaxed run where I just focussed on moving my feet. It came it really handy as I was starting down North St. looking out at the back bay and thinking okay first I have to run away from that before going around it. Photos attached one looking out at the back bay from North St. One once I was 3/4 of the way around the Back Bay looking up at the hill where I first took the photo. Stopping to take the second photo felt dangerous and I only entertained it for a second, because it felt way too good.

All and all good times on K Run!

 
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24 comments

Elissa ImranElissa ImranKenzai Mind | Day 7 (Member)
Trainerover 3 years ago

I love that! Can totally picture you doling out high fives to random passersby. Congrats on the strong finish!


    Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
    Head Trainerover 3 years ago

    "The touchiest teams in the NBA are also the most successful!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koR2efE2alQ


      Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Member
      over 3 years ago

      What a grand finale! I bet you brought a smile to a lot of people. Your route looks a lot like Ward's, so I guess it's a popular run in Portland. Great to hear about challenging yourself with a new form of exercise!


        Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
        Trainerover 3 years ago

        What a great idea for a run. You made more than one of those runners' days. Congrats on completing a program that is outside of your normal fitness realm. But now you can't say "I'm not a runner".


          Chris C.Chris C.Kenzai Member
          over 3 years ago

          Wow Thomas , your running route is beautiful!
          People in Portland are probably far friendlier! During my Sunday run , I noticed a lady who had run ahead of me the day before, she may or may not have remembered me but I flashed a smile-she frowned back :(

          As I continued on, I saw Judi L, also a K Lifer, with her hubby running in the opposite direction, I was so excited I did a double jump, waved hi and continued on with an instant boost in energy. On the return leg, I was waiting for them to come into view and when they did we hi five-d, gushed a few words and continued on . Once again , I felt that boost.

          Despite running being very personal for most people ( well it is for me) I think there is comfort in knowing you're not alone out there and a friendly face or gesture just adds mega wattage to whatever it is you're doing.

          Congrats on finishing and being an inspiration!


            David S.David S.Kenzai Member
            Lead Developerover 3 years ago

            That high five story brought a smile to my face. And I'm not even receiving the high five, nor running!


              Robert W.Robert W.Kenzai Iron | Day 42 (Member)
              over 3 years ago

              Ha I love that. I generally nod to on comers as I run and frown at the ones that overtake (they don't know it). When I cycle there is generally also a nod or a wave. Basically, I think this is the way to go and thanks for reminding me. It is a bit like flashing a smile and discovering that you get a smile back and feel good.


                Kelly M.Kelly M.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 21 (Member)
                over 3 years ago

                Great finish Thomas. Ha, maybe an occasional quick smile on my runs but closest I get to a hi 5 in HK is when I push someone out of the way as they are wandering aimlessly on a crowded fitness trail!


                  Brian S.Brian S.Kenzai Member
                  over 3 years ago

                  Super HIGH FIVE to you! I've been running for the better part of the last 25 years and I have never had anyone high five me on the way. It sounds like fun. I tend to go with the wave and nod when I run, but only if I make eye contact. Otherwise you get an unrequited nod which has the exact opposite effect of the successful high five.


                    Lynn S.Lynn S.Alumni
                    over 3 years ago

                    Lovely blog Teo!!!! By far my favorite of all your blogs (although I really liked your 'dancing with the kids' blog too :)


                      Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 21 (Member)
                      Trainerover 3 years ago

                      What a great grad post Thomas. I will totally try this "Runner's High, Five!" Next time I'm out there.


                        Cecilia A.Cecilia A.Kenzai Member
                        Trainerover 3 years ago

                        So many awesome tidbits here!!! Inspiring, positive, keepin it real. Congrats on another program completed and sharing some love with the world.

                        "cultivate the inner spectator as well as the participant..." like you were a English major or something! Love it!


                          Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
                          Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

                          I love you, Thomas. You are fantastic.

                          I find it interesting that runners in San Francisco barely acknowledge each other, while just across the bridge in Oakland all the runners say hi. In Hawaii, runners are so friendly it can be exhausting.

                          I'm going to bring more positivity to strangers.


                            Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Member
                            Trainerover 3 years ago

                            I've always believed that smiling was a mental hack for running, but of course you've taken it to a whole new level with the High Five! You'll see this kind of reaching out more in a race environment but why not bring it to the every day training run as well? It's a fitting end to a fantastic program, Thomas. You connected with your Kenzai spectators through your reflective blogs the same way you reached out to your fellow runners along your route. Thank you for sharing your journey and bringing a smile to all of us.


                              Barbara D.Barbara D.Kenzai Silver | Day 42 (Member)
                              over 3 years ago

                              You are a beautiful person. wonderful idea and wonderful attitude.


                                Amir Q.Amir Q.Alumni
                                over 3 years ago

                                Fantastic post. Maybe one day I'll try it in England. Not sure I'd get the same result though.

                                Congratulations on completing the final run.


                                  Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
                                  Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

                                  I've always been a inward-turned, solitary runner. Never liked company. Never liked running in urban areas. But, your high-five story makes me think twice. I stopped running in Zambia for two reasons. One, it started to hurt...maybe something with my stride, not sure. Two, I hated all the attention. Maybe I should think about the attention as encouragement instead of harassment? I mean, if a group of children want to run with me, aren't they just enjoying life? They're just handing out their own kind of high-fives. Thanks for the perspective!


                                    Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Member
                                    Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                                    There's enough of us here spread out around the world to start a new trend! ;-)

                                    Thank you to everyone. It's the supportive and daring community that we are making collectively that makes all the Kenzai success possible.


                                      Angela WorthingtonAngela WorthingtonKenzai Member
                                      Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

                                      That's fantastic Thomas. I bet each and everyone of those other runners felt a kind of lift in their running after giving you a high 5! What a wonderful thing to do. Congratulations on nailing this programme, job very well done!


                                        Shaun W.Shaun W.Alumni
                                        .over 3 years ago

                                        Nice man, I love the positive high five! Way to be a positive effect on so many, I bet it changed peoples days for sure. Good job!


                                          Jade B.Jade B.Alumni
                                          over 3 years ago

                                          Ohhh... this is great!


                                            Alexia M.Alexia M.Kenzai Body 3 | Day 56 (Member)
                                            over 3 years ago

                                            I love the high five idea!! I'm definitely going to start doing that during some of my runs. Congratulations on compelting the program and pushing yourself into doing a new type of exercise.
                                            Also, thanks for all the uplifting blog posts!


                                              Kara W.Kara W.Kenzai Member
                                              over 3 years ago

                                              T, I guess we should start paying you to be a "Trail Concierge", eh? I actually feel obligated to give a warm greeting to everyone on the trails when I'm out. But, I always enjoy the exchanges. Way to get after it!


                                                Kara W.Kara W.Kenzai Member
                                                over 3 years ago

                                                T, I guess we should start paying you to be a "Trail Concierge", eh? I actually feel obligated to give a warm greeting to everyone on the trails when I'm out. But, I always enjoy the exchanges. Way to get after it!


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