Feel free to laugh. I totally laugh at myself when I think of this incident…
Back in August, our organization held Gasshuku (extended training) one weekend from Friday evening through Sunday morning.
I think it was Saturday morning when we were told that we were going jogging. Inwardly, I groaned. It was announced, “If you can’t jog or don’t want to jog, we’ll find an alternative activity for you.”
I began to think. Injured people were definitely in the “can’t jog” category – I didn’t fit that description. What about the “don’t want to jog” people? I began to imagine exactly what the “alternative activity” would be for the “don’t want to” people. Maybe a thousand pushups, then a thousand situps, and a million punches in horse stance to top it all off?
I decided, “I love jogging. Jogging is one of the best activities in the world! Yes, I’m going jogging! Yay, jogging!”
So I jogged and jogged and jogged with the vast majority of karateka. After we were done jogging I found out the “alternative activity” for all non-joggers was something that was right up my alley. They were picking up twigs, fir cones, and rocks from the field. I beach-comb, so I’m used to scrutinizing the ground and repeated bending and stooping for agates and sea glass.
Like I said, feel free to laugh.