IS RUNNING SELFISH? YES!!! ENJOY IT, BUT MAKE IT LESS SO
Susan Lacke, in her article, “Out There: Is Running Selfish?” for Competitor.com starts out by sharing her own perspective on this topic as a single person without children, and then goes on to quote other runners.
“The more I talked with fellow endurance athletes, the more the consensus grew: Yes, training is selfish. Yes, sometimes that selfishness inconveniences other people. Yes, that’s okay.”
The article offers a defense of those who spend time on the endurance ‘habit’, including an ultra-runner and a triathlete. The benefits of running, it contends, extend to family members, co-workers, and friends because the activity improves a runner’s ability to be “a better person, spouse, parent, employee, friend, and all-around human being”. Following a passion is something children are encouraged to do, especially in sports, says the tri-athlete, who wants to be able to enjoy being passionate about her sport too.
Lacke makes a convincing argument that being selfish is not always a terrible thing, Endurance runners’ children receive support to follow THEIR dreams; spouses may pursue career advancement, be rabid spectator sports’ fans, or enjoy hobbies. There should be “me” time for runners too, says the article. It ends with the statement, “Doing one good thing for you might just be the best thing to do for everyone else.”
However, all this selfishness may weaken relationships at home and work and between friends. Long runs or workouts are time consuming when factoring in the warm-up and cool-down sessions; these efforts can leave little energy for other activities later in the day.
Is it possible to lessen the impact of running on our non-running lives? Yes. Below are a few EARNED RUNS suggestions. You can become a less selfish runner by:
6) Requesting and using Earned Runs bibs can maintain an endurance habit!!! The reason this company came into existence was because of difficulties I experienced as a runner over many years, juggling family schedules. Custom races can be designed to accommodate relationship demands.
Yes, runners are selfish. Consider lessening the impact of your endurance habit on important relationships so you can continue loving your sport AND becoming a better "all-around human being".
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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