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Paying to "Learn to Run"

Yesterday, went out for a nice bike ride. Beautiful weather, wind at my back and then baam! a flat. So I had to walk my bike home.

The benefit of this was that I could slow down, think, become more aware of my surroundings. One thing I noticed was a poster tacked to a telephone pole. It read: Trail Running Clinic: Come Learn to Run Trails. blablabla $40.00.

I almost fell over laughing. What people will pay for these days! $40 and it wasn't even on a trail. Rather, meeting in a shop! Yes, pay money, sit down and listen to someone make this very simple thing into something very intricate, difficult and only for the "knowledgeable". Oh, me. Oh my!

Why learn to trail run? Why not just get out on the trails and let experience do the talking. Why not "just do it"? It's cheaper. Why pay for something that you can do of your own accord? Experience is after all, the best teacher. Why pay for something natural and "god given" (running, learning)?

In teaching and learning (education), we should pay for the possibility to learn. That means we pay for internet access, we pay (through taxes) for libraries, we pay services that enrich content for learning or for access to places (online and off) that allow us to "experience" and learn. We don't pay for knowledge itself - no matter how sugarcoated or presented in the form of an expert. No matter how broken down and butchered into technical terms, language and lingo. We are fooling ourselves into thinking we are learning when we allow the responsibility to learn, to be placed into the bucket of "just being there with it (an expert)" and not "experiencing it (the learning itself)".

Enjoy your summer day. I just thought it worth sharing this metaphor - one to ponder. Would you pay to attend an in store clinic on trail running? Would you pay to listen to an "expert" speak about learning English?

If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy reading: The Spirit of Education.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on August 21, 2011 at 2:03am

I'd ask a friend who runs for any advice :) Hmm, I'd ask a fat friend who runs for any advice :D Just realized that I have great advice for fat people who want to start walking :))) and... it would feel immoral to charge for it, we have a hurdle in common, we have to help one another. But for teaching someone to swim? I could charge. I could do it for free too... .Just rambling now :)

 

Good point about how we pay for the opportunity to learn, not for the knowledge itself.

Comment by Ellen Pham on September 13, 2011 at 11:42pm

An old friend, almost from childhood, tells me what running is like:

 

a k is about .6 miles..I loved 10K races the most (6.2 miles).  I remember on race days I would get up about 4:30, eat, start stretching about 5:30 , do a quick warm up run, drive/run to the race course by about 7, run the course as another warmup to get my skin wet, then wait for the race to start :).  I was never happier in my entire life.

That feeling of being in such shape that you can literally push your body to actual puking and still keep going at a fast pace is incredible. The human body is a beautiful and amazing thing

It knows how to adjust no matter what you put it through.   If you sweat enough, the chemistry of your sweat actually changes, because your body wants to hold onto its electrolytes.

Of all your fluids, actually.  The salt component is replaced by something like sodium bicarbonate..almost tastes like baking soda

On the trail I would see moose, bear cubs (uh oh), other people..I loved the rhythm of my breath, the footsteps, the building of tension and then feeling its slow release...amazing feeling

 

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I love my friend! Friends are for showing when we can't know what it's like for ourselves!

Comment by Ellen Pham on September 13, 2011 at 11:46pm
Notice also how considerate he is with the measurements.. :D Friends don't make you google in the middle of a good read- they give it up for you!

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