Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Like a new place


I ran at Weston Bend today and if felt like a new place. I've run O' races and done O' training at the park. But, this time I ran without a map. It felt like an entirely different place.

I think the reason the place felt different is that I look at different things when I've got a map compared to when I don't have a map. When I run with the map, I'm looking ahead and looking for things that I expect to see. Without the map, I just ran along and looked around. I spent a lot of time looking to the side. With a map I don't look around as much.

I don't know why, but without a map the hills seemed longer. Maybe it is because I don't know how long and steep the hill is going to be if I don't have the map. Or maybe my legs were just tired from yesterday's race.

Maybe there is a lesson here...When I'm running without a map, I could practice looking at the terrain the way I do when I've got a map. And when I'm running with a map, it probably wouldn't hurt to look around a bit more.

posted by Michael | 9:04 PM


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