Why do you run? To be faster? To help manage stress?
At various points in my life, I've run for all of these reasons and then some. In college when I competed at the Division 1 level, running was about proving myself. Nothing mattered more than achieving, winning, and being tougher than other people. After college, my focus shifted. Yes, I ran to burn off the stress of having a real 9-to-5 job, but I mostly ran to be thin. A part of me desperately wanted the physique of someone who competed even though I never intended to lace up my racing spikes again.
Eventually I got so fed up with running—and all of my baggage from it—that I ditched it altogether. For eight years, I barely ran a step. A few months ago, though, I realized I missed being outside on the trails. I missed the wind on my face and the runner's high. So I decided to get back in the game. I returned to the sport I once loved. Only this time I wasn't worried about achieving anything or getting anywhere. My only focus was to simply be present. To my surprise, this simple change in where I rested attention transformed everything. It helped me not just uncover more joy and ease in my run—but it helped me connect with myself in a deeper, more meaningful way. Now, I know I want that for me, and I want it for you. Here are five ways you can practice presence and train your mind just as much as your body.
Source : https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/kait-hurley-shares-5-simple-ways-to-uncover-more-joy-and-ease-in-running