The title question refers to specifically competitive events, such as those sponsored by the New York Roadrunners Club, and not the activity as a general exercise. Last event that I took part in, which was a half-marathon about three years ago, about five thousand runners got in my way while I was running in a straight line, which made me think "why the hell am I doing this?" I woke up extra early (like 6 in the morning on A SATURDAY), paid $30, and all for the satisfaction of running a crowded race in which I had no chance of winning, considering that a skinny African guy finished when I was on my second mile.
Maybe I just don't get the appeal. Runners: please explain. What am I missing here?
I still run by myself twice a week, which I enjoy. I am not a yuppie chick who wants to prove to her friends that she can run a marathon. I am not a skinny African or Mexican guy with a realistic shot at winning. In other words, I can't see why these races would appeal to me in any way.
What happened to drinking beer and lifting weights? MAN UP.
Please vote on the poll.