WHY I RUN: Adrian Potter

17 March 2021

South Australian distance runner, Adrian Potter, tells us why he runs and what it means to him.

Endorphin Pro Adrian Potter

Running training is a positive feedback loop: the more you run, the more improve, which makes it easier to keep getting out the door and the cycle goes on. In general, the more you put in the better you get and provided you avoid injury and stick at it, you are almost certain to improve. The excitement and satisfaction of setting a personal best or reaching a new level always leaves you hungry for more.

Running isn’t a team sport, but it certainly doesn’t have to be a solo sport. Joining a running club was a big part of what got me hooked. I would encourage anyone considering joining a group to do it. Having people around to help push you through tough training sessions, chat on long runs, travel with to events and celebrate achievements with makes it in fun and keeps you accountable.

I used to believe that all running had to be hard work, otherwise it wasn't beneficial. However, I quickly learnt that this isn't true and that all runners should do a lot of runs (or walks!) that are slow and easy. This is great because even though finishing hard workouts is satisfying and can give you a buzz, you wouldn't want to do it every day! Getting outside in the fresh air, getting a little bit of a sweat up but not feeling drained or sore at the end will never fail to improve your mood.

Like coffee and wine, running is an acquired taste. However, once you complete an event or achieve a time that you never thought you could and your body starts to feel stronger and lighter than before, you'll want to keep the addiction going.