iimbsd: come jogging with me

Some time ago I adopted the pedestrianism label for my approach to running. Now I’m finally ready to advertise myself as a running guide for exploring Shanghai I’m reconsidering. Why go for a big word when there is a small one, one that I grew up with? What I want to share is running as a way to explore the cityscape and the ‘relaxed’ attitude that requires regarding any exercise, health, training and other ‘sports’ related associations. I adopted an unconventional term, i.c. pedestrianism, and hoped it would provide protection against some of the the mainstream connotations of ‘running’. An alternative strategy is going for a conventional term, jogging, that seems to have acquired loads of negative connotations since its late-60/70s ‘label for the running boom’ (not serious, clueless, exceedingly slow, etc) but recognizably connotes an approach that is ‘relaxed’.

So be it. We Dutch – kudos to Irene Guijt for coming up with the brilliant I(f) I M(ay) B(e) S(o) D(utch), Duncan Green for sharing it – sort of invented the adoption of pejorative terms as a badge of honour. Get rid of those running hangups, come jogging with me.

About roger henke

Still figuring out the story line that would satisfy myself here. Listening to what my family and friends evoke, what the words I absorb, the images that move me, the movements that still me, point to.
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