Explaining running to nonrunners

   November 28, 2012 8:22 pm

 

“Pretend I am a person who can only see the world in black-and-white. Now imagine you  need to explain to me what the color blue looks like. How would you do it?

Valerie thought for a moment and then began with a confident “Blue is like…” She paused. Her eyes rolled up and she searched the ceiling and walls of the office for a single word that could help e understand blue. I stopped her before she tried to speak again.

That is exactly what it is like trying to explain running to a nonrunner. Being a runner is like being able to see the color blue. When two people share these common experiences, they do not need to talk about them or try to describe them in words. But without common experience, it is difficult for me, or any other runner, to help you understand why we are so passionate about this sport. If you really want answers, you need to become a runner and develop color vision.”

– From “Running the Edge” by Tim Catalano and Adam Goucher

 

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