As someone who runs both cross country and track but isn’t quite sure why, I’ve been really curious as to other people’s reasons for running. I realized that a great place to conduct interviews about this would be at a track meet. It was an open meet so competitors were all ages and it was easy to get a wide spectrum of opinions. For the past 3 years I’ve been training nearly everyday but I seem to be doing it because I don’t have anything better to do. I have always wondered what other people’s reasons are for running. While doing these interviews I discovered that there are many reasons why people like running and many of them apply to me.
As a distance runner my sprinter friends or others who don’t run track often ask me why or how I run. I look forward to showing the video to some of my friends the next time we are in the middle of one of these conversations. I wanted to be able to critique these conversations. I’m sure similar conversations have happened all over the country. To critique them I used an overwhelming amount of evidence as I chose only the strongest interviews and put them into the most charismatic light.
Runners tend to invest so much time in training so it is important for them to keep in mind why they are doing it. I placed an emphasis on high school runners in my interview because many high school runners are working year round to attempt to get fast enough to get a scholarship. The urgency for high school runners makes for an interesting contrast with the younger children I interviewed.