Dear homo sapien, Why do YOU run? Everyone has their reasons...

Why do you run? I’ve been thinking about that question lately…

Everyone has their reasons. This is my current top 3 list:

#1 Running is Meditation.

Running is a combination of repeated physical motions + required breathing + a clear mind + hopefully a serene location. It offers you concentration, relaxation and contemplation. In a group or alone, running is my way of decompressing and wiping the slate clean. It’s a way to feel energy and rejuvenation flowing through my body. It’s a release. It’s as though you are still even though you are moving almost as fast as you can.

#2 Running is Natural.

Of all of the physical activities our species are capable of performing, running is perhaps the most basic and natural. We were meant to run. That is why your glutes and quads are the biggest muscles in your body. I like the simplicity of running and that it feels almost animalistic. Speaking of carnal nature, who’s read the non-fiction best seller Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari? I received this book as a gift, and I love it. I was taken in within the first few pages as I learned how homo sapiens (just one type of human species) used to walk the earth and interact with completely different human species. What???? Different human species other than homo sapiens walked the Earth at the same time as us?? The world has been Total Recall to me every since.

#3 Running is Fast.

This mostly applies to big cities like Philly, but running is so much faster than driving. If I need to get from point A to point B within the city, running and biking is often my best choice if time is of the essence. All this technology in the world, yet the most basic way of traveling (using my own muscles) almost always beats the alternatives. The idea of parkour increasingly interests me because its central tenet is finding the fastest way to move from one spot to the next. The route Google Maps tells you to go is sometimes twice as far as necessary...

Why are you going to run this Memorial Day Weekend?

All the best, Ian