There’s no doubt in my mind that running, and particularly barefoot running has helped me feel a lot more connected with things. I’m not sure if that make a lot of sense, or if connected is even the right word to use. I’m very lucky to live in a pretty rural part of England, and from my house I can be out and across the fields in about one minute. It’s not exactly the same as living in Boulder, but it’ll do.
One of the things I love about barefoot running is how quiet you are. I’ve never enjoyed listening to music while I run, I prefer the sounds of whatever’s going on around me. For some reason, if I’m out in my Lunas I feel more a part of the countryside than an outsider just running through.Towards the end of my run last night, I came out of the woods and started back up the hill, across the large green fields that lead towards home. It was a beautiful evening, the sun was going down and was a vivid orange, very low in the sky. It was so quiet apart from my breathing. I had a bit of a moment.
Help me, I think I’m turning into a hippy.
Anyway, I saw this video the other day and it struck a chime with me. Can running make you feel like a part of the universe? I think it can. An astrophysicist named Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked in an interview with TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.