‘That is why I gave in to age my competitive ability but not my soul!’: a spiritual journey in endurance running

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dc.contributor.author Ronkainen, Noora
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-12T07:12:17Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-12T07:12:17Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/36544
dc.description.abstract In this article, I explore the spiritual dimensions of running. I draw on theological and existential perspectives, athletic career research as well as post-sport ideologies to construct a multi-voiced representation of the spiritual meanings of endurance running current in Finnish running culture(s). Through narrative, analysis, reflexivity, interpretation and theorizing this study aimed to gain a deeper understanding of how distance runners negotiate dominant discourses on sport and exercise in the process of making running meaningful to them. In the analysis I examined the Finnish runner’s magazine Juoksija for the years 2001-2010. Over this time span studied, I found a variety of data discussing the spiritual dimension of running, including editorials, interviews, columns and research-based popular articles. From these sources I selected 34 columns written by 17 different authors for an in-depth discourse analysis. In exploring the content of the magazine over the decade it became apparent that the diversity of authors and perspectives had increased, which partially reflected the wider changes that had occurred in Finnish runner culture over this time span. The research results suggest that existential aspects of running underlie, but remain dormant, in the dominant performance discourse of competitive sports. These spiritual and/or existential dimensions become especially meaningful, however, when transitioning from elite level sports. I suggest that finding the existential spirituality of running can be a protective element in athletic retirement, enabling the runner to sustain their athletic identity as a central life-narrative even after the transition.
dc.format.extent 40
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights This publication is copyrighted. You may download, display and print it for Your own personal use. Commercial use is prohibited. en
dc.rights Julkaisu on tekijänoikeussäännösten alainen. Teosta voi lukea ja tulostaa henkilökohtaista käyttöä varten. Käyttö kaupallisiin tarkoituksiin on kielletty. fi
dc.subject.other spirituality
dc.subject.other running
dc.subject.other career transition
dc.subject.other post-sports
dc.subject.other discourse analysis
dc.title ‘That is why I gave in to age my competitive ability but not my soul!’: a spiritual journey in endurance running
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011081211228
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master’s thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Liikuntatieteellinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences en
dc.contributor.laitos Liikuntakasvatuksen laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Sport Sciences en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine liikuntapsykologia fi
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