To some, running is a chore, a punishment, a burden, or a necessary evil. Those people probably aren’t visiting this website. Competitive and the majority of recreational runners run because they want to – not because they are forced. But, even though most runners choose to run, not everyone truly enjoys or loves it. People have different motivations, whether they think it will help them lose weight, get healthy, contribute to a cause – some ulterior motive.
Long-time runners love running. Many of them speak of running as a “release” or a “way to decompress”. Still others use it as a way to spur creativity, or as a way to focus on a single thing for a period of time. The one thing that all of these responses have in common is that at they are all non-competitive reasons. They all come from a place of zen-like calmness, not competitiveness. So if these people can learn to enjoy running, there is no reason that you can’t learn from them. Let’s explore this concept further.