This thought has been on my mind ever since I opened a pack of gum and found this….

Try explaining the taste of bubble gum to someone who has never tasted it.

I have contemplated in my head how I would explain running to someone who has never felt the exhilarating feeling I get from running.

Would my explanation cause them to literally run out the door?

Would the words I use be strong enough to explain how life altering running is for millions and millions of people?

Would they believe me that first step is indeed the hardest and most painful but that it gets easier after that?

Would they understand how something hard could make them happy?

Or would they think my words were nice, but that running was not for them?

Tell me…

How would YOU explain running to someone who has never run?

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  1. Love this post as I have found myself try to explain running to various people, tripping over myself along the way. Not sure I have an answer, because I dont think you can really get it until you're in it and doing it (like really doing it, not just a one time thing). My husband used to laugh at me and now he's as addicted as I am, training for his first marathon this year and I actually just said to him the other day "Remember when you thought I was crazy for running?"

  2. I just don't think its possible. You really have to experience it for yourself!

  3. Shellyrm ~ just a country runner says:

    The only way to attempt to convey the feeling would be to find something else that the person you are talking to has experienced and is passionate about and compare what they already know to how running makes you feel.

    I do agree that it is one of those things that you have to experience to understand. I mean how can I get people to understand that 11 hours just wasn't enough for me when they saw the effort it took to walk the day after. 😉

  4. This is such a good question! I struggle with this too – because non-runners think we're crazy and the only people that understand us is other runners. So today, in order to help non-runners understand, I did a "picture book" on my blog of why I run. Hopefully it'll make some sense to non-runners about this crazy running lifestyle so many of us live.

    Funny you asked this though, because I just did this today. Great minds think alike!

  5. says:

    It is extremely hard to explain running to nonrunners but so fun to watch a nonrunner turn into a runner and "get it".
    Running is a lot like life. It can be hard, it can be beautiful, it can challenge you and strengthen you. You get out of running what you put into it…just like life. When I run I think about how greatful I am to have the opportunity to put one foot in front of the other, breathe air into my lungs, sweat, challenge myself, and just be alive. I have taken care of many patients in the hospital who would give anything to walk or run. Running is an opportunity for me to take care of the body that I was given and appreciate life.

  6. Jeannie says:

    Running can be so many different things to many different people. I can maybe describe what running is to me but that may not be the same way a non-runner would describe running once beginning tovexperience running. I think it is truly unique to each person, although many people may share some attributers of running.

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