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.
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?