‘First you run for fitness. Next you run for speed. Then you run for meaning.’ p.13 Ian Mortimer Why Running Matters
I took up running at the end of last summer- specifically doing the Couch to 5K challenge and I love it. I actually did take it up for fitness. No longer could I claim that walking my 15 year old dog provided me with any meaningful exercise.
I don’t think I am running for speed yet, or not directly. I have signed up for my first half marathon and I do want a medal, so I’m going to have to up my pace to finish in the required medal winning time.
Running for meaning? I’m not even sure what that means at this early stage of my running career, but that might be clearer after I finish my half marathon!
Ian Mortimer goes onto admit in the next paragraph that his is a bit of a sweeping statement. That everyone runs for their own reasons. The other reason I took up running was I set myself a monthly challenge in 2018 to do something to push myself out of my comfort zone. This was one of those challenges and not one that I am regretting at all!