I have no desire to run long distances further than 6 or 8 miles. There I said it. I might sound like a sourpuss and may not be considered a “true” runner but that’s just how I feel about it. I love running. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dread it like some folks. I used to enjoy it more on the treadmill but once I took it outside on a regular basis last year – I have been hooked.
Running outdoors is definitely where it’s at. Doing it with friends is even better. BUT…that’s about where my love for it ends. I enjoy doing 3 miles roundtrip. I will even do 5 miles roundtrip. It’s all good to me. The furthest I have run is 6 miles. No particular reason – I have just never run a route further than that.
Now, I have several friends who are half marathoners, marathoners and everything in between. I admire them so much for their strength and discipline. I say discipline because you don’t just wake up one day and run a half marathon. You have to train for that bad boy and it takes weeks and weeks on end to train, even if no one wants to train with you – you still have to train for it.
I read an article recently that sort of backed me up on my lack of desire to run long distances. It can be found here: http://fitnessandhealth365.com/running-might-shorten-your-life-span/ but it talks about how too much of a good thing can shorten your life span even long distance running.
Excerpt: According to The Huffington Post, studies have shown that “people who run more than 20 miles a week or at an average pace of 7.5 mph or faster are more likely to have shorter lifespans than those who run slower over shorter distances.”
I believe where this post is going is this: running long distances is hard on the body. Running marathons is NOT a game – it is taxing. To run extreme distances day in and day out week after week is tearing down the body at a faster rate than running shorter distances more often so the end result could be a shorter lifespan.
With all of that said – that article isn’t even a driver for my lack of motivation to run long distances. I simply do not see the need.
1. I don’t want to run a distance that is uncomfortable on foot but very comfortable in a motorized vehicle
2. I am deathly afraid of some of the injuries I hear some distance runners encounter from time to time
3. I don’t have the motivation to train hardcore for those distance races
I know if I put my mind to it I could do it but I am not compelled. I want it for others who desire it but I don’t want it for myself. In this world of fitness too many times people measure their own success, tenacity, perseverance and strength against someone else’s measuring stick except their own. In this world it is really only YOU against YOU.
Be sure that whatever goal you set for yourself in fitness, you are doing so on your own terms, for your own purpose and to prove nothing to no one but yourself.