On Saturday, I had the opportunity to lead a few of the players from my son's soccer team, Encinitas Express, on a training run I call the Mini-Q (Questhaven) (http://app.strava.com/segments/4757566). It's a 3.2 mile run on dirt trails with 440' of elevation gain.
The last and most important thing I noticed, was their attitude. The boys were not concerned about time, pace or mileage. Rather, their primary concern was calling out all the horse and dog poo on the trails. Throughout the run, the boys cracked jokes, talked and had fun. For example, after I told them how runners bump one another in track races, they began to elbow and push one another in a playful manner.
Next time you go for a run, run like a kid - you'll have more fun, which is what it's all about anyway.
San Elijo Hills Running Club