As I was out on my run today my mind starting to wonder into a meditative state, I was not completely aware of my body or my mind, it was all just blending into the scenery. It was 28 degrees, windy with random snow squalls ripping through the valley but the sun was breaking through cumulus clouds. Without any real conscious purpose I started to focus on the numbers in my training log. I was not analyzing my runs just thinking about the actual numbers. They were running through my head like ticker tape: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. I realized I had been using the Fibonacci series in my training! This could make any artist smile with pride.
The Fibonacci Sequence is a specific set of numbers or more specifically a set of numbers with a recurring relation. The gist of it is the sequence starts with 0 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. I teach this concept to my design students along with the Golden Ratio which is a proportional number of 1.618. These concepts are used for layout in web and graphic design. It is also used to project stocks, in music composition and theory, in science and of course mathematics. This sequence is found all over the human body and in nature. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is proof of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Sequence. It is found in the perfect and natural form of the nautilus shell’s spiral.
What I find most fascinating about the Golden Mean and the Fibonacci series is that we as humans are unconsciously attracted to forms that hold these mathematical sequences. It is part of our DNA to seek them out and we find them aesthetically pleasing and in many cases calming. When I found the numbers popping up in my log I was completely intrigued. I have not had any real strategy to my training right now. I am only following what feels right. So is what I feel to be right due to this recurring relationship, a spiraling progression.
I began to wonder if there were other folks training in this way. I was not surprised to see that books have been written on the subject and there are many training programs based on applying the Fibonacci Sequence to the workouts. I could not find any resources on running training programs but there was a ton on weight lifting and other fitness programs. I doubt I will create a training program off this numeric relationship but I love that it appeared. It certainly made this design geek happy, a convergence of my art and sport.