Between the ages of 7 and 13, my playground was located in the alley behind my house. I would take my baseball glove, a tennis ball and draw a square on my neighbor's wall to form a target using my chalk.

 That's it, the game could begin ..

 I was the pitcher and I had to eliminate the invisible players I was up against. I would come home for a bite to eat for dinner and go out for the playoffs in the afternoon. It could go on for hours and I never saw the time go by.

 "Sorry my friend I can't play Nintendo with you I'm busy winning the world series."

 I didn't take days off except to go play real baseball or hockey with my friends. I didn't keep track of the number of minutes I spent in baseball. I didn't spend my free time looking for effective recipes to get good at it, because my free time was spent playing outside.

 I remember a trainer once telling me:

- Him: Do you know why Joshua Peley is the best 

- Me no.

- Him: Because he's the one who has the most fun on the pitch.

 A few years later in the running world ...

 We so-called running lovers only run 2, 3 or 4 times a week because of the lack of time. Either way, that's already good because Health Canada recommends moving at least 3 times 30 to 45 minutes per week..

 You never go out for 10 or 15 minutes if you don't have time, because it doesn't work! And if your kid answered you that ... "I'm not going to go and throw the ball to the basket for 10 or 15 minutes, because that's not enough to improve." You would be sad for him, because you know that there is no minimum time to go out and have fun playing his sport.. 

 We racing enthusiasts do not want to get hurt, but being in too much of a hurry to get good, we are wasting our time getting back to square one because we are crippled. As much as that, me Dom Royer, I prefer to be gentle with my body and have fun staying bad..

 We love running so much that we hurry to be done with this run to go and lie down on the sofa. We are so in love with this sport that we do not run when it is raining, when it is too cold, when it is too hot and when we are tired ... Whatever happens, tomorrow will surely be better to become a better runner..

 We keep comparing ourselves to others and we are envious of those who succeed more easily than us, while running is one of the most individual and personal sports that can exist. 

 We are ashamed to walk and take a sip of water if we feel tired ... As if it was a sign of cowardice. We even apologize to our friends if we are slower than them ... We feel guilty for slowing them down. Why are we embarrassed to say, '' Can you slow down, please! It hurts me to run fast and in this case I feel obligated and I don't like my moment. '' 

 Ah yes, last thing ... To you who asked me why 9000 km in 2020, why run so mucht?

 You just have to reread the title of this text, you'll understand.

% B% d,% Y by Dominic Royer

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