WHY THE WHY?
If you want to bake a cake, it's important to know what it's for. If the cake is for your son's 11th birthday party, it should be BIG and needs candles, icing, and other fun elements. However, if you find hunger compelling you to bake a cake alone at midnight, it might be a good idea to make a smaller cake...and you can probably dispense with the candles.
Most who climb Everest simply want to make it to the top by any means necessary: to stand at the top of the world, and have a great story to tell at cocktail parties for the rest of their life. Other mountaineers value the route equally, if not more, than the height of the peak itself, and may prefer to pursue more challenging routes than the easiest way to the highest mountains.
If you have approached running because a friend got you into it, or because "everyone's doing it," or it appeals to you for some reason but you don't really know why, chance are you haven't really explored what meaning and purpose you want out of running and how it fits into the values you hold in the rest of your life. Don't continue any further without exploring what you want out of running, since it will guide the direction of the rest of your running journey.
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