Runners are strange. What’s the point in running really? Unless you are a runner you probably don’t understand that running is more than just getting exercise. I suppose for some people it really is just about exercise but if you are in good health and you consider yourself a runner then you probably don’t think about your health. It just becomes a nice side benefit.
People will tell you running feels good, and it does, sometimes amazingly so. I run to feel good. As a side benefit I look better and my general health is better. But I also run as penance. Yes, penance. Sometimes runs are hard both mentally and physically. I crave those runs almost as much as I crave the runs that make me feel fantastic. It’s not logical but when I’m down on myself the only thing I can think about doing is running until I simply can not take another step. I remember one night about 10 years ago when something happened that upset me greatly. I wasn’t a runner yet, that didn’t happen for at least another 5 years, but I went out in the middle of the night and ran. I ran because I wanted to feel bad. Running makes me feel good and bad and I crave both of those extremes.