Running is a sport

Let me start off by saying that I love running. I love everything about it, the shoes, the clothes, the “runners high” you get at the end of a race or a great workout and most importantly, I love the people I run with. The people on my team are the only people who when I say I love running don’t immediately say “ew running. I hate running, it’s really hard and not even a sport.”

First off, running is a sport, that’s why it’s in the Olympics. We compete just as seriously as all other sports but you don’t see runners saying that volleyball isn’t a sport, or that swimming isn’t a sport. All I have to do is ask the person claiming that my sport isn’t actually a sport what their team does as punishment, and they very quickly stop talking.This is because what I choose to do every day for fun is what every other sport does as punishment, and that is why running gets a bad reputation. People begin to equate running with punishment.

Starting to run is one of the best things I’ve ever decided to do. In Akron the running community is so tight and supportive, the trails are beautiful and the people on the trails, whether they are running, walking, or biking, are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Yes, running is horrible for your body but you end up in pretty good shape and loving running by the end.

We as a community can bond over the running puns, shared goals, and overall discussion of running. People complain about running being hard, but they need to remember that no one starts at the top, everyone has to put in effort in order to get better. If you are willing to put in the effort to get better at running, you will grow to love it. There are so many different types of running workouts such as speed workouts, surge runs, long runs and easy runs and each is difficult in its own way, but each will better you and make you stronger. Before you decide you hate running, give it a chance, there are so many different types of running that you’re bound to find one you like.

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