Asics' latest ad campaign features runners musing about what they would do instead, if they could not run. It's probably better not to think too much about all the great things you could be accomplishing with your life if you weren't spending upwards of 10 hours a week running in circles. The ads suggest crossword puzzles, bartending school and home redecorating, but I think I'd have to put language classes and learning to play guitar higher on my list. I'm also prone to that existential guilt that dictates that I should really be using all that time doing something truly meaningful like curing cancer and saving the whales. It's a sad fact that my favorite sport and pasttime that has nourished me so well over the years is, for the most part, a patently selfish use of time.
So as I continue to evaluate the mysterious and persistant pain that is my right calf, this "what if I couldn't run" question is at the forefront of my mind. The truth is, that sad eventuality would be unlikely to set me on the course to negotiating world peace or mastering Farsi since neither of those options would maintain my current considerable level of fitness. Instead, I would probably follow in the steps of so many injured runners before me and take to the bike and the pool.