I am running in the Reading half-marathon on 21st March as a late entrant and I have been busy training for it, and spending hours out on the roads with nothing much to occupy my mind.
I’d been keen to do a survey of what runners think about while they are training. I find there is something about running that leaves the mind free to wander but unable to focus clearly on anything specific for any length of time. When I swim or cycle, I am not as aware of this suspended state of mind.
One of the thoughts I had last night while running was that, some time ago, I read that more accountants run in marathons than any other profession. I wonder why that is? Maybe the sedentary nature of our work means that any excuse to get active is welcome? Or perhaps the competitive streak that it takes to get through all those gruelling exams spills over into how we live the rest of our lives. I’d hate to think that the pure motive of running for fitness etc. is tainted by it being just another symptom of the rat-racer mentality that so many of use suffer from….
The other pure motive is generating money for ‘charidee’, of course. I have always been puzzled why people don’t ask to be sponsored to do activities that have some inherent value (e.g. cleaning public areas) rather than doing something that they do as a hobby anyway. I am sure people would give much more generously for that.
And I am not pushing for donations, because anyone who is a client of K&H is indirectly contributing to good causes as we pay 10% of our profits to a good cause each year. Last year it was Naomi House Children’s Hospice, and this year it is Theale Age Concern Tea Club. This is a local Theale-based group, which is completely self-funding and run by volunteers. Members meet weekly, some in their 80s or 90s, for tea and a game of bingo and a quiz. They occasionally have a guest speaker or go on an outing. For some, the Tea Club is the only chance they have to go out and socialise.
Let me know your thoughts on what goes through your mind when exercising, and what motivates you to do it in the first place.