This post was written by Doug Hay of Rock Creek Runner.
Quick: what are the most important personality traits for a runner to have?
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably come up with things like:
- Work ethic
Good list. They’re all relevant to training success. But if that’s your list, then you missed the biggest one.
I’m talking about a less obvious trait. One that incorporates everything listed above and more, and sits at the top of my list for traits of a good runner.
Allow me to explain:
To adventure, as defined by the good folks over at Google, is “to engage in a hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.” Just reading that sends tingles of excitement down my spine.
An adventure is thrilling, so it takes care of the motivation and discipline. An adventure takes you out of your comfort zone, which leaves you focused and tough. An adventure is difficult, fun, and maybe even life-changing.
So why is a sense of adventure so important to running success? Because if you can keep the adventure high, everything else follows suit.
And an adventurous runner is someone I can count on to run in the rain, through the dark, when the streets are crowded or the trails remote.
They’re in it for the experience, not just the workout.
That’s what makes running stick. That’s what keeps you coming back for more.
I like to judge a run not by the pace or distance, but by the number of yelps and amount of time spent smiling.
Yelps mean I’m excited and pushing out of my comfort zone (and pushing my pace or distance in return). Smiles mean I’m having fun, and can’t wait to do it again.
All signs pointing towards adventure.