If you’re reading this you’re probably a fairly keen runner – your go to outfit might be a pair of running tights or perhaps you carefully schedule workouts to fit in with family plans – but would you say you actually loved the act of running itself? If the answer is no, you’re not alone.
A study has found that most runners admit they don’t actually enjoy pounding the streets, but pursue the sport to boost their physical and mental health.
Strava surveyed 25,000 runners and revealed half admitted either hating or barely tolerating running, while only 8% loved it.
“Runners described the need to run to maintain their sense of self and as a way to respond to adversity,”said Simon Klima, Strava’s global marketing director.
“There’s a great realisation that to exercise the body also helps to exercise the mind – which is a muscle that needs just as much looking after as the other muscles.”
The “Why We Run” survey included respondents from nine countries in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Respondents ranged from “passionate runners”, to “mindful runners”, to “reluctant runners”, but there were many common traits.
With social media networks putting pressure on people for how they look, it’s driving up the motivating factor of body image,” added Mr Klima.