I’m often asked/told…
“Why do you run so much?”
“I wish I could run but I have (insert malady here)”
“I’m not a natural runner like you”
“My body is just not made for that”
“running is easy for people like you”
I normally just reply with something like
“you can do it too if you want to”
I normally leave it at that.
Starting a run in the dark… then seeing feeling… hearing… and smelling the world wake up around me
How cool it is to be moving in rhythm to a killer song on the iPod
All of the crazy/cool/interesting things I’ve seen and found while running
Or how it feels to bonk… when the mind wills the body forward… and the body lifts it’s middle finger but otherwise does not respond.
The seemingly trivial challenges (run the next mile in 7:30 or less) that I attempt and how those make my mind and body stronger whether they be failure or success
I might even feel comfortable enough to tell them that even now… after all the marathons, ultra-marathons, years of running, thousands of miles… I often doubt myself… and am unsure if I can complete my run for the day… but in the end I always put on my shoes and head out the door anyway.
But… it doesn’t matter…. I don’t think they really want to hear any of that anyway.