I've been thinking more and more about this. What's the point? I understand that motivation is personal, but that's why I want to hear from others about why they continue to do structured training when the end result is top 10 locally (17:00 5K) or top 150 nationally (2:50 at Chicago 2012), let's say.
What is your reason for not just adopting a fitness lifetyle where running "for time or place" is not a goal. And would you still enter races or go out with a watch on a daily basis if that were the case?