Is this surprising?
Fitness-tracking app Strava collected data from 25,000 runners around the world and found that just eight percent said they love running. 50 percent said they either hated running or at best they “merely tolerate it.” Lead author Dr. Blair Evans says people usually continue running for a number of reasons, including wanting to improve their physical or mental health and wanting to improve body image. In other words: people do it to increase their long-term happiness rather than their immediate happiness. Evans also says that maintaining an active running routine might give the runner in question a sense of consistency and stability.