Training for Experiences, Not Events

By David Roche

The Wildrun® Africa portfolio of events was built on the understanding that running can be experienced in mind, body and soul, and that the outcome of a race or the kudos of a STRAVA upload will fade; but life-changing moments of joy will not.

“We all have those moments. Careening down a twisty singletrack trail, simultaneously in your body and outside of it, euphorically buzzed with a trail high that’s probably only legal for recreational use in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Or maybe it was on top of a mountain, with the world spread out beneath you, arms out like Rose on the bow of the Titanic.

Or just maybe … and this is the important one … it happened today. It was a mundane weekday run through a drab office park. All the brain chemicals mixed just right to deliver the perfect memory. It’s your little secret—no one will understand. Well, no one will understand but fellow runners.

Training consistently, with long-term focus on self-improvement, is not just about getting faster or improving in races. In fact, it doesn’t have to be about that at all. For some runners, the best way to conceptualize the process of running training is as a pursuit of the unpredictable daily moments that let you make memories and find joy along the way.

Here are three reasons that it might help some runners to train consistently for experiences, not events.


For the Love of Running