Running for pleasure

It may you surprise you, because I run half marathons and love parkrun, that I don’t run for competition or medals, I run for pleasure.

Most of the time, I’m not training for an event, but four times a week, without fail, I run.

I run because I love it. It makes me feel better, both physically and mentally. Not that there’s anything ‘wrong’ with me as such, either physically or mentally, but I can still feel a difference when I run.

My husband has never understood this. He has to have an aim in mind. He trains for a half marathon. Then he stops running. He trains for Ride London. Then he stops cycling.

Trying to improve his parkrun times has given him a bit of an aim which isn’t a competition, but he’s still never seen the point of just running for running’s sake.

But recently that’s started to change.

Now the kids are older, we can leave them at home and run together. So he did a few six mile runs with me on a Sunday morning. When I said I was going to train for the Tewkesbury half marathon and run eight miles, he decided to run eight miles with me.

And he enjoyed it far more than if he was training for something. He was running for the fun of it. To feel fit, to feel strong and to enjoy it.

The following week, he ran 10 miles with me.

Why didn’t he just run the Tewkesbury half marathon with me?

But he didn’t want to. For the first time in his life, he understood running without a competition or an aim. He finally understood running for pleasure.

And me? I’ve kind of gone the other way. I have a mental list of four local half marathons I’d like to do this year. I may only do two of them, I may do three or all four. Who knows? I think I’ve become a bit competitive in my old age.

But, in between the half marathons, I will keep running for pleasure.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Gosh, four is a lot of races! I am from your husband’s school of thought, I need something to motivate me. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it, I just tend to need a reason. For years I cycled to and from work, getting from A to B was a good enough reason for me, it doesn’t need to be a competition but I do need something. You’ll have to let me know which ones you decide to do, I might join you at one later in the season.

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    • I’m probably quite unusual in that I’ve been happily plodding the streets for 24 years, mostly without anything to work towards. I see so many people start running, train hard for a race and give up a few months later. I’ve only signed up for two so far – Tewkesbury and Cheltenham. I’ll see how fit I’m feeling after those before I drive whether I sign up for the other two.

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  2. It’s such a good way to relax I think, even though it’s not relaxing physically, if you know what I mean. Hope all the training is going well!

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    • It’s definitely a good way to relax! Training is going well, but I’ve got a problem with my trainers, so I’m hoping that doesn’t mess it all up for me!

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  3. Wow that is amazing that he has discovered the ability to run for pleasure, I also love that you both run together. Good luck with your half marathon this weekend, I bet you will smash it.

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