Why do I write about runners?

“Why do I write about runners?” This runner asked me at the end of our conversation.

For a moment, I was dumbfounded. I was groping for an answer that could justify the time she spent away from her tasks or training just to talk to me.

In the midst of my busy-ness, from one task to another, I sometimes lost the why I’m doing what I’m doing.

The answer that I blurted out was that I read a lot of runners from abroad, and I don’t get to read much about our very own local runners. Thus, I write about runners.

And, I felt that was such a lousy answer. Nevertheless, it was an honest and sincere answer.


The question have been running around my head whole day. It seems to be demanding another answer.

Thing is I write about people because it’s my way of showing my appreciation. It’s not only for that particular person, but to every one who that person represents.

The thing is my answer to her should just be, “because I really just appreciate you.” But that would be an awkward moment. And, it sounds trivial.

So let’s just keep it at “for world peace.”


I’m happy to receive that question today. It made me pause…

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