Up@dawn 2.0

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Walking vs running

In high school, I ran track and cross country all 4 years. During cross country, a lot of these runs would be long, slow runs that were designed to increase stamina and endurance. Most of these runs were done as a group, but some I did on my own. When I contrast the walking by myself vs running by myself, I find that I prefer the former to the latter for a couple of reasons. Running gives me an agenda, a task I must maintain and a goal to complete. It allows me to clear my mind and enjoy the presence of the outdoors, making life simple and allowing me to enjoy the moments. Running also opens up my mind to new thoughts and ideas that I wouldn't have if I wasn't challenging my body. Walking to me is a sort of dull, mundane task with no clear goal or agenda, which to me makes it almost feel as though I am wasting my time whenever I walk for extended periods of time. While I understand the appeal of peripatetic philosophy while walking, I believe that another form of philosophy could be branched off of parapatetism, a form of running philosophy of some sort. This could attract a new branch of people that may not have been interested in philosophy before but enjoy running, and may turn into a new hobby for people. I am not sure if running philosophy is already a thing, but it could definitely make for an interesting experiment (H3).


  1. I too am a runner and I also prefer running rather than walking. Running clears my mind of the worries I may experience from day to day while walking reminds me of those worries. I've found that I've had the most profound thoughts or ideas while running.

  2. I enjoy running and those who run would most likely prefer it there is some biology to back up what you are saying running releases endorphins the body's natural feel good chemical. However, personally I find it difficult to philosophize while running simply because it clears my mind which makes it difficult to think.