One of the great pleasures I get from running is what I call the payoff run. What is a payoff run? For me, it is a little reward during a run that provides a payoff for my hard work. Most often the reward comes in the form of some type of visual, scenery for example.
In my early years of running as an adult, I was completely focused on training and improving my performance. Training runs were a means to an end. How I was going to get that PR in my next race. I’m not sure if I realized at the time that running provides much, much more. Don’t get me wrong-performance goals are still important to the competitor in me. But I have found as I have gotten older that there is a joy to running that goes beyond metrics. It is not about how fast I can get from point A to point B; it is more about what I experience along the way.