My parents don't have a ton of opinions on my running career. They think the exercise is good, of course, but they're not into it or anything. They've never come out to spectate or what have you. Likewise, they've never discouraged me from running either. Their thought process regarding my running is pretty John Oliverian, all told.
But occasionally they'll offer an insight, and here's a good one from my dad.
After the Wrightsville Beach Marathon, my parents and I met up with my honorary aunt and uncle for dinner downtown. "So are you going to go home tomorrow and run again?" my uncle asked.
"Oh, no," I said. "I have next week off. I always take a week off post-marathon. The best part of a marathon is the week you don't run after!"
"I see," replied my dad. "So it's kind of like beating your head against the wall because it feels so good when you stop."
And... I kinda can't argue with that.