I run because of the people. While I love the feeling a great run brings, it is the camaraderie with all other runners that keeps me running. Some of my closest friends have all been runners. Much of this stems from spending hours together on long runs that many people would not undertake. Long runs have led to some of the best conversations I have had.
I think that the exercise-induced hypoxia influences topics and the willingness of people to share things they may not necessarily talk about. I also enjoy the knowledge that going up to a race I can speak to any runner there and instantly carry on a conversation. I feel this is unique among sports as each person has a story as to why they run.
*As I was writing my book I asked my running friends: Why do you run? Their answers varied wildly. Put together they provide a pretty good answer to the ultimate question that is at the heart of my book. In the end I was unable to include these thoughtful, honest answers in De rennende Hollander. During the coming weeks I will publish them here, one a day, with minimal editing. As I get ready for the Amsterdam Marathon, re-reading these words provides me with new inspiration every time.