And one that Ive been asked a lot lately since I started running multiple marathons. My answer: I just love running.
I really have no reason for doing it other than the fact I enjoy it. I have always loved the feeling of freedom and solitude that running gave me, especially when Im outdoors. Before I started running marathons, I used to be just a casual runner/jogger who went out for an occasionally run on a whim. I always just let my mind wander. Running was my time to self-reflect, work out problems or simply get out, take a break and sightsee.
Now that I have specific running goals and a limited number of days I can run each week to achieve them, Im much more focused on my running form and the purpose of each of my workouts. I think about how Im feeling, trying to stride as smoothly and effortlessly as possible, how this workout fits in with my near term and long term goals and putting many other things Ive read about running into practice.
I still often disassociate, especially on my long runs when Im running easy, but no longer for an entire run. Running is still fun for me though as Ive discovered that I really enjoy running marathons and running them well. And in order to do that, Ive got to train, not just run. But fortunately, I like training too. It's just given my running more purpose. :-)
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