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What are the difficult things about running?

Struggling through the Loon Mountain Race Last Summer

Struggling through the Loon Mountain Race Last Summer

Obviously I love to run but running is not always easy. It’s just like anything else in life . . . some runs are amazing, some are good, and some are just plain difficult.  I always try to keep things upbeat and positive especially when talking about my training but sometimes running can be hard and very frustrating. As a runner as in life sometimes you just need to work through the hard parts . . .

What are the difficult things about running?

  • Sometimes the weather is terrible-I don’t always want to go for a run when it’s below zero. Running in a cold, grey rain can be just that . . . cold and grey.
  • Sometimes my body feels tight and my joints feel achy (and yes I have to admit that this is happening more as I grow older and recovery takes longer.)
  • Sometimes I just don’t feel motivated-Life is busy and even though I know that a good run will give me things that I need sometimes I just want to take a hall pass a skip a run.
  • Sometimes you are trying to recover from an injury.
  • Sometimes running by yourself can be boring.
  • Sometimes running in a group can be frustrating if you are seeking quiet.
  • Sometimes you feel as slow as a snail creeping along through mud.
  • Sometimes you get hungry in the middle of a run and you forgot to bring enough to refuel.
  • Sometimes it is so hot that you start becoming dehydrated.
  • Sometimes you just can’t seem to hit your pace.
  • Sometimes you head our for a run and realize you didn’t wear enough to stay warm.
  • Sometimes you fall down.
  • Sometimes you doubt that you will ever be as fast as you want to be.

Even though running can be difficult sometimes its like life. When I have a bad run I always remind myself that it is a learning experience. I decide to keep moving forward and remember that tomorrow is another day. We all have bad days and challenging runs and its ok to acknowledge that and to keep moving forward.

I find that the best way to do things is to constantly move forward and to never doubt anything and keep moving forward, if you make a mistake say you made a mistake.“-John Frusciante

What are some difficulties that you have encountered with running?

 

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2 responses

2 responses

  1. Yep, all of the above. Sometimes you can’t get out of your own way – those are the “all in my head” days. But I so very much agree, use it as learning. Each day, each run are always different. That’s sort of the fun surprise.

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