Shouldn’t running be fun? Of course, but then running isn’t how most of us make our living. Still, many of the elite, world-class, and Olympian runners I spoke with for my book think that running should be enjoyable, that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and that we shouldn’t hesitate to add adequate rest into our running routines.
For a refreshing look at an elite runner’s training philosophy, check out this article from the Wall Street Journal on 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathoner, Abdi Abdirahman (on the right in the photo above).
Even his coach says, “You have to enjoy what you’re doing. If it’s drudgery to get out of bed for a 13-mile run, that’s not going to help you in the long run.”