29 Jul '15, 6am

Some runners never pin on a bib. Here's how they stay motivated to run hard and often.

We talked to several longtime runners who never (or rarely) register for races to find out how they stay motivated to run with no finish line in sight. Their secrets can help all runners--racers and nonracers alike--enjoy the journey. Loving the Run The Secret: Cathy Kim, a 46-year-old physician and researcher at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, ran a half-marathon when she was in her 20s. She finished and thought never again--and really meant it. "It was awful," she says. "Focusing on time and speed turned running into a completely different experience for me." Her racing career was one and done, but her running career has lasted two decades. Six days a week, Kim gets up at 6 a.m. and logs one of her four favorite neighborhood five- to six-mile loops. It's a morning ritual she started in medical school that still brings her peace of mind today. "Runn...

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