This article was published on August 18th, 2014
People who don’t run don’t understand why people would want to run. They think it’s boring, hard of the body and a waste of time. Nothing could be further from the truth. While each person has their own reason for running, here are some of the most popular reasons why people choose, voluntarily, to run:
- Healthy choices. Running is an excellent way to be healthy. Running is one of the best cardio exercises to help burn fat and keep weight off. Most people turn to running in the lead up to important events where they are want to look their best, including weddings, grad reunions, and beach vacations.
- Accept a challenge. Friends or co-workers will often challenge each other to train to run a race, usually 10km races. This is a great way to keep motivated with training and to do your best. The stakes increase when bets are made on who will get the best time.
- Bucket list. Many people put race distances on their life-time bucket list. Whether it’s a 10k, half marathon, full marathon or ultra marathon, it is a personal achievement that can take months and months of training.
- Improve time. After running your first race, most people will tend to cross the finish line with a feeling of victory, and then go home and immediately register for their next race. Running is an addictive individual sport where you will constantly challenge yourself, race after race, to improve your time.
- Push the distance. Runners will continue to challenge and push themselves. After running a few 10k’s, gradually improving their time, they will look for new challenges, which will naturally lead to longer distances of half and full marathons. Full marathoners typically move up to ultra marathons and triathlons. They aren’t crazy, they just like a challenge.
- Be part of a community of friends. While running is an individual sport on race day, during the months of training it is all about spending time with people who encourage, support and help you achieve your goals. The running community is very close-knit and you’ll meet friends for life.
So don’t ask yourself why people run, ask yourself, why don’t you run?