I suppose some people do not get it and never will.
That's pretty harsh and very one-sided and tunnel-minded, Sasha. There is no "right" way to view running that everyone needs to share. Some run for health, some for enjoyment, some for the outdoors experience, some for the challenge, and some for the money or worldy praise. If they run for different reasons than you, maybe they "get it" in a different way.
Although some may think that statement is ironic, coming from you, Sasha.