I started running in my early twenties. Since then, I’ve completed many races from 5km to marathon. I’m not a world champion, Olympic champion, or even a local champion. I’m not even close. I just have the surname Champion (hence the blog name).
For me, running is about fitness, fun, friendship, relaxation and personal achievement. I want to be the best runner I can possibly be. That’s the good thing about running, it’s about competing against yourself, whatever your age or ability.
Haruki Murakami, one of my favourite writers, also shares my love of running. In his book What I talk about when I talk about running, Murakami sums up why I love running.
“For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level. I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”
― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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