Running: a sign of the times?

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As more and more people turn to running, scientists are scratching their heads wondering: 'Why is running becoming so popular?'

Greg Richards of the University of Tilburg ventures a guess: 'People don't want the commitment of a team sport, where you have to be there at a certain time. They dó like the informality of running groups they can join whenever it suits them.'

I can relate!

I can totally relate to the first part of his explanation: I too, do not want to be bound to a schedule, of 'having to be' somewhere at a certain time. That's why I love running so much: all it takes, is me running out the door.

No running groups for me

This is why I did nót join a running group, because that would still mean having to make a commitment. And I feel very strongly that you should honour your commitments. That's why I'm careful not to make too many. Besides, I love to be alone during my runs.

Paradox

Having said that: I háve to run every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each day has its own running route, and its own time table. I don't get it: how can I hate having to adhere to a schedule, when I have a running schedule myself?! One that I enforce diligently?

Sometimes I moan to my husband: 'I háve to go out for my run, and I really don't feel like it.'
Then he says: 'You don't háve to, you wánt to!'

What do you think: is the growing popularity of running a symptome of commitment phobia?

5 comments

  1. That is what my daughter said to me the other day when I moaned about my 4:30 am run!!
    My husband would have just said, "Then don't go."

    I agree with this assessement of the popularity of running.

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  2. I think people are seeing it is a very affordable way to exercise and get out with others!! YAY

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  3. I think it's a mixture of commitment phobia and the pocket book speaking. I know running *can* be expensive, but it really doesn't have to be. If you don't care about time, pace, laps, races, etc., all you need is a good pair of running shoes and (for women) a good sports bra.

    I'm like you...I don't like running in groups. Not because of the commitment part, but because I love being alone when I run. I like having thoughts to myself and running at my own pace!

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  4. It's so easy to get out and do- you can just walk outside your house and do it. No need to drive to a gym or someplace. And it can be fun at times. :)

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  5. Loved this post. I have a running blog too. Funny you mentioned a running group - I was supposed to go to a track work out with a run club, but I couldn't get there in time!!

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