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Title: Run for Your Life!
Course Section Number: FRT-101-05
Department: Freshman Tutorial
Description: Adriel M. Trott is chair and associate professor of philosophy. She qualified for the Boston Marathon in her first marathon in December 2021 and is running the Chicago Marathon in October 2022. She trains with the Rogue She Squad, a virtual all-female training group with two coaches. She specializes in ancient Greek and contemporary political philosophy. The topic of this tutorial is running. American Olympian runner Steve Prefontaine said, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." In this course we will read, write, and run about running. We will think about how running is a metaphor for college life and for life in general. Running well requires honest self-examination, knowing one's purpose, pushing one's edge, consistently showing up to the do the work, figuring out what the race requires, learning to recover and fuel well, being a good fan, and doing other supporting work to be able to run well when the time calls for it. Being a good student -and maybe even a good person - requires the same things! In this course, we will think about what this looks like for both running and being a good student. We will read about running as what we were born to do in Chris McDougall's Born to Run, about strategies for improving our mental game that will help in the classroom as well as on the roads and the track in Kara Goucher's Stronger, and about how the wrong incentives can be damaging in Matt Hart's Win at All Costs: Inside Nike Running and Its Culture of Deception. We will listen to podcast episodes of a great running podcast "Running Rogue," and we will go for regular runs together. If the runner has to ask, "What does the race require?" in order to train effectively, the student also has to ask, what does success in this course, in this area of study, on this exam, on this paper, in this major, and at Wabash College require? Nike coach Bill Bowerman said, "Everything you need is already inside." And yet, he trained his athletes hard. This class will be about finding what is inside and thinking about what is required to cultivate it in running and beyond.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: December 17, 2022
Meeting Information: 08/25/2022-12/15/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 09:45AM - 11:00AM, Ath, Room CLASS
Faculty: Trott, Adriel

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Section Name/Title Status Dept. Capacity Enrolled/
Run for Your Life!
CLOSED Freshman Tutorial 16 16 / 0 / 0