Alexi Pappas is a 2016 Rio Olympian, where she set the Greek national record in the 10,000-meters. When she’s not running, she writes books and produces films. Not only did Pappas write “Bravey,” a New York Times bestselling book, she ran the 2021 New York City Marathon for fun. She started with the elite women but kept her focus on appreciating the experience and the spectators. This is almost unheard of in professional running, but if you’re familiar with Alexi Pappas, it’s no surprise. She’s is an open advocate for mental health, detailing her own struggles after her mother’s suicide. We can all learn something from Pappas about running for the pure joy of it.