Have you heard of the running app Strava?
It's like social media meets fitness tracking.
My friend Sam is an avid runner and much more familiar with the app than me. He explained that seeing your friends runs mapped out can give you route inspo, as well as a nudge to keep going, to go further- beat how far so and so ran that day.
Most importantly, he explained, and this I understand: when you wake up eyes crusty, mouth dry and your head full of heavy thoughts, turning on the app to see three of the guys are already up, sharing pictures of the crisp morning as they wade through the park, you suddenly snap into action, jump out of bed and chuck on your running shoes.
And you always feel better. You do.
As much as Sam has been telling me to download Strava for ages until now I've kept my runs private. Today, however, that changed. I downloaded it. Why might you ask? Because of a dude called Lenny Maughan.
Maughan has created something called 'Running art'. This neat idea has endless possibilities. The form incorporates the mental and physical well-being that running serves with the self-expression of creating large-scale street art. The cool thing about this kind of art is that it doesn't really exist, I guess you could even call it movement art. As the app keeps track of Maughan's route with a red line, the city of San Francisco becomes a canvas, Lenny's distance creating the subject, the art.
If like me you live in the conflicting unbalance of wanting to leave no trace whilst simultaneously feeling the pull to make some kind of impact, you may well appreciate Lenny Maughan's running art too.
I'm sure it's no easy task making these creations, some of Maughan's runs take five hours to complete. I might start with shapes... circles, squares? But by next year I'll be running the Sistine chapel right through my neighborhood, you wait.