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TITLE SUPPOSED TO BE : Who do you run for
As a recent convert to running, Im still going through the experience of learning which I expect everyone does to some degree, so please excuse me if I have the wrong end of the stick so to speak.
I started running to better my health, however it has become something I enjoy greatly.
Im starting to enter events and have a couple later this year, however I constantly get asked "who am I running for?" apparently answering "me" is not something which some people find acceptable as this is usually followed by the suggestion to run for the favorite charity of the person who asked the question
Im not against people who choose to run for a good cause, however the fact that running reduces the chance of myself becoming a burden on the national health service and provides greater heath and enjoyment for me does not seem worth the same.
I curious if experienced runners feel the pressure to run 'for someone' or 'for a cause' ?
Im not a professional, im slow, but Is it inappropiate for me to enter events just for fun?