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In "A Picture Book of Jesse Owens" by David A. Adler, Jesse Owens shares that, while he did not like the show races he had to run against animals and machines after the Olympics, at least it was an honest way to make a living because, after all, he had a family to feed.
I enjoy running 5ks, but have run a couple of half marathons and find myself wondering about an hour into the race "What in the heck am i doing this for?" because it's certainly not for pleasure!
Malamutes, Alaskan Sled dogs, Love/Live to run. I worked in Alaska for a few summers, and went to a sled dog demo. Wven in the summer over rocks with special runners on the sled, these dogs are just wild wanting to run.
Isn't running a cultural thing. Did people used to run for fun earlier in history?
there's an excellent book called "why we run" by Bernd Heinrich that talks a lot about the differences between animals and humans with regard to their long distance running abilities.
Running for humans is also an expression of play. Humans play in ways animals don't but it's still play.
About the comment that one can't imagine a dog running just for pleasure ... that's exactly what a dog run is about! Anyone who's stood there for just a few minutes watching dogs tearing around while their owners stand and chat can see this.
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