At the dinner table, Kwi told me that people in her class had to run because of some inadequacy. Instantly, I thought back to eighth grade when we had to run to the backstop and back when the class was being too loud. And I can't begin on how many "punishment laps" we had to run after losing games in middle school P.E.
Why is running associated with punishment? No wonder so many people are turned off by it. This could be a contributing factor in obesity... people just find physical exertion too much like punishment and don't even bother.
Yes, there are many times during a run when it just feels bad, but it's not something to do in order to repent something. The schools need to get it right.