Is Running A Selfish Sport?

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Joshua 1:8

Yes! Running can be selfish at times. However I believe it’s an activity where the net benefit outweighs the concerns or even guilt we may feel at times. A quote from one of the greatest runners of all time, Joan Benoit Samuelson, says it best:

“The challenge and the energy running requires may be a selfish one, but it actually motivates me to be stronger in my relationships.”

I am convinced that the time I spend thinking, clearing my mind, and praying while I run alone help me better interact with others in all aspects of my life.

People have told me that running is boring or that they can’t do it without music. I sometimes wonder if it’s the running or time alone with their thoughts that are the challenge.

I respect that running is not for everyone but do we spend enough time reflecting or meditating on what’s important in our lives and being thankful for our blessings?

Unfortunately most people are consumed with the constant distractions of computers, smartphones, and everything but their own thoughts.

I thought about this the last time I was on a plane and the flight attendant announced, “In case of emergency, please remember to put on your mask first before helping others.”  It made me wonder if we took a similar approach in our lives and took a little time to each day to tune out all the distractions and focus on growing mentally and spiritually stronger ourselves, would we then be best prepared to help, understand, and listen to others?

God Bless,

Nick

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About rxnickrun

I am a Christian, Father of 4 wonderful children, Husband and Passionate Runner. I hope to help others experience that running can be a powerful approach to strengthen their Faith and improve their fitness.
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4 Responses to Is Running A Selfish Sport?

  1. Interesting thought. I’d never thought that people might wish to avoid the silence of their own thoughts — but it totally makes sense!

  2. elisariva says:

    Well said! I know I need to be healthy and “in a good place” before I can truly be of help to others.

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