As we all know, running is a discipline, yes, but it is also play time. Where I live close by we have a school that mostly has Korean students who are learning English here in the Philippines. Their ages are from elementary through High school and these are serious students as their parents are paying a lot of money to have the kids become fluent English speakers since it is a requirement for admission in Universities back home. Every morning, the students who are living in the schools dormitory hit the streets for their wake-up run and it is done in Military fashion. Well, I felt like I must change this so I started growling when I run up and down our safe quarter of a mile long street. I often run 7 times down the street and 7 times up the street lined with beautiful trees and other nice scenery for a leisurely three and a half mile run. So I am running towards and then along side of the Korean students and high five them and playfully pet their heads and growl like a wolf to get them to have fun. They think I am a nut, but after me persistently trying to take them out of their shell, they caved in and started having fun.
Of course there are those days we run and want to be in our own peaceful world which usually changes towards the end of our runs where we already feel great and then become more social to other runners and people on the street. The point is whether we are twenty years or eighty years old, running is also for fun and therefore is play time, so please have fun!