What sort of runner are you? April 30 2015, 0 Comments

Reflecting on the running community, it seems that it has a big a diversity as the general population.  As with the general community, runners tend to fall into groups of 'types', with some spillage from one type to another.  So what sort of runner are you?

The Competitor.  The competitor always has a goal and a plan on how to get there, from the 5k charity run right through to the ultra-marathon runner who will do a continuous 200km.  A goal helps.  Whether it is as part of a 20kg weight-loss programme, or the gruelling lead up to that long, tough race, it helps to get you out of bed on those cold, wet mornings and to attack your day.

The Good Mood Generator.  Stress hormones and adrenaline can build up during the working day, and running helps to burn them off.  It provides a haven away from the office environment, along with the ability to use the muscles we inherited as part of our evolutionary development and which see too little use in the office.  That feeling at the end of the run in which the tensions accumulated during the day are all gone is well worth the effort.

The Problem Solver.  Running bears many similarities to meditation, regular breathing, a repetitive rhythm, and a chance for the mind to freewheel.  Often, when faced with a knotty issue which seems to have no solution, running allows the subconscious to kick in and untangle it.

The Social Runner.  Running in a group provides social contact and, if wanted, an element of competition to provide a little push.  It is a very wholesome kind of socialising too - no preservatives, no additives, no smoke, and a great way to make contact with like-minded people when moving to a new home.

The Escapist.  Often running on their own, the escapist can be found following trails through field and forest to engage in a little solitude in a healing environment.

The Explorer.  Characterised by the fact that many times they really don't know where they are going, the explorer runs in cities, on hills or in woods - anywhere, so long as it opens up new horizons and widens their knowledge of the place where they are.  They need a good mental compass to make sure that they can find their way to where they want to finish, and the length of the run often depends on the interest of the environment.

The Commuter.  Often with a backpack containing a towel and the days clothes, the commuter runs at the beginning and/or end of the day.  They arrive at work awake, oxygenated and invigorated and ready for the challenge, and at work relaxed after a clear break from the stresses of the day.

So which one(s) are you?