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  • Writer's pictureLukas Bürk

Running Philosophy Day 5: Perception shapes Reality (Especially When Running)

The stories we tell ourselves about a run, our abilities, even the world around us, shape our reality.


Contrary to the belief that our perception provides an accurate version of reality.


That internal monologue isn't just background noise. It's actively influencing our experience.

We filter everything through our perceptions, and that filter is tinted by our pre-existing beliefs.


This is why two runners can have the same finish time, but vastly different takeaways. It's the story, not the stats.


We're essentially running in a world created by our own minds.


But knowing this gives us power. By simply recognizing this, we can occasionally choose to detach from our current perception of events. Of course, it's always easier said than done.


Changing your mental narrative is no easy feat, but awareness is the first step.


By recognizing that we’re not just a passive observer, we can start to choose which stories we buy into.


Disclaimer and notes on this series:

This blog series is a collection of my musings on philosophy as it relates to my passion for running. It's not a how-to guide or a set of rules. These are just my daily thoughts and questions, not my final answers.



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