Do I Have to Race to be a Runner?

Do I Have to RaceThere is a lot of focus these days on road races, trail runs, and runs with obstacle courses. But, do you really need to race in order to be a runner? I don’t think so.

There are a lot of reasons to go for a run that have nothing to do with racing or beating your best time. Here are just a few of the reasons why you might want to go for a run without worrying if it will help you PR at your next race.

  1. Explore new areas
  2. Control your weight
  3. Regular exercise boosts your health
  4. Endorphins boost your mood
  5. Running clothes are cool
  6. Running with friends or family can be fun
  7. Cheer for your kids at cross country meets
  8. Feel like you accomplished something
  9. Clear your mind and boost creativity
  10. Listen to podcasts or music 
    It’s true that running races can be a lot of fun but as you can see from this list, there are plenty of reasons why you might want to go on a run without wearing a bib number.
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