Not too long ago, someone asked me why I run and train as much as I do if I don't stand a chance at ever participating in a major race, say the Olympics. My first thought was, if I were training for the Olympics I'd have to more than triple my current amount. My second thought was, who's to judge a right or wrong reason to run?
Most of us will never be Olympic contenders. Many of us might not even get an age group win at a local race. But should that ever prevent us from training as hard as we want? It may be time consuming, but it's a choice we make on how to spend our extra hours.
Whether it's 12 miles on an early Saturday morning, multiple 400m or 800m speed repeats on a Monday afternoon or even that extra set of core exercises, I enjoy nearly every challenging training session. Naturally, I want to get faster so I can compete better at local-level races, but making any podium would just be an added bonus for doing something I love.
So my response to that person's question is, I love the run. And in my opinion, there's no better reason.
Do people ever question the way you train? If so, how do you respond?