The honesty of running
Saturday, February 16, 2013
There are many reasons why I like running. The health benefits are a large part of it, of course, but I like the simplicity of it and the way it makes me feel both while I’m doing it and after it’s over. I like that I can run just about any time, anywhere, with a minimum of preparation or equipment. I don’t have to gather a team together or find another person to run with. I don’t need to wait for an open playing field or schedule a court time. I like that there isn’t a beginning and an end, no set time limit or distance. Any time I go for a run, I can run as fast or as slow and as far as I choose and still benefit from it and enjoy it.
Another thing I like about running is its honesty. You can’t cheat at running. (I know people cheat at racing, but that’s not what I’m talking about here). You can’t bargain with it. There are no shortcuts to putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. Nothing is given to you in running. You earn every mile, on your own, under your own power, with no mechanical help, no team mates sharing the load or responsibility, just you, testing your own capabilities and pushing your limits, and earning every result.
I like that.