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The Reluctant Runner’s Guide to Running

by | Nov 8, 2021 | The Gym

The Reluctant Runner’s Guide to Running

by | Nov 8, 2021 | The Gym

Hi, is that you—a reluctant runner whose friends won’t shut up about running? Welcome to the reluctant runner’s guide.

Many people (read: runners) argue running is a sublime, exalted act that helps the mind and heart cope with life’s most vexing obstacles. Moving your body through space seems to stop time, quiet the mind, and return your baseline to something more primal. We were born to run. It’s a basic tenet of human evolution, and one of the few things that tie us inexorably to generations past. So why is the simple act of striding—the same thing that set knuckle-dragging quadrupeds upright—so damn difficult to get into?

Our ancestors didn’t really have a choice in the matter. They were hauling ass to escape the snapping jaws of a saber-toothed tiger or to club a deer for dinner. But our modern-day motives are more complex. We run for sport, therapy, camaraderie, obligation. It stokes egos, quells anxieties, and dances on the line between discipline and obsession.

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