There I admitted it. I mean, I often wax poetic about running. I’ve written love letters. I’ve talked about how it’s helped me with depression. But it’s not always rainbows and unicorns. So, since our topic for Tuesdays on the Run is “what I hate about running,” I’m going to share why it’s not always my favorite.
It’s hard to improve, but easy to lose your gains.
I’m in amazing shape right now thanks to the Faster Way to Fat Loss. (I get commission if you buy through this link.) Have you seen my arms lately??? I’m strong and I’ve lost a lot of inches. But my running kind of sucks. I stopped running long in December and I find myself once again heading into half marathon season undertrained. And those speed gains I worked so hard for? Gone, all gone.
Running is a fickle mistress.
Some days running is amazing. Some days it is uncomfortable from the first step and does not improve for the entire run. Some days are a mix. And the most frustrating part is I never know which run I’m going to have when I start out. In fact, most of my amazing runs come when I least expect them.
If you don’t pay attention, it’s easy to get injured.
Running requires that you listen to your body. Going too far or too fast or too often can lead to injury. And sometimes, even when you follow all the “rules”, somehow a part of your body decides that running is not working for it. (And it’s also easy to not pay attention and end up on the ground when you trip on something. Not that I’d know anything about that…)
Running is expensive.
Sure, “they” all say that running is cheaper than therapy, but have you looked at the price of shoes lately? Even if you don’t wander down the “need all the skirts” path, you still need shoes and running clothes including a running bra. And if you aren’t part of the itty bitty titty committee, you’re gonna need a good one. If you like to race, cha-ching! MCM this year is $170 (probably plus fees) and I plan to run the 17.75 race to get in, so yeah, not cheap.
But despite all the “negatives” of running, I still love it. I’ve been running a bit more in recent weeks than I have in the past few months and it feels good to get out there more. The weather has been all over the place, but I’ve enjoyed several runs in tank tops. I love that we are heading into spring and that I’ve got my first race coming up soon. In fact, things are falling into place and I may actually have a race schedule soon! Woot!
While I’m at it, here are the new topics for Tuesdays on the Run. Remember to not just drop your link. Link ups are more fun when everyone comments and tries to visit other blogs in the link up. And yes, I realize sometimes life gets in the way. I’m coming out of 2+ weeks of barely having time to blog, much less visit. Fingers crossed that my “take back my life plan” continues to move in the right direction.
2/27: Grade your month
3/6: Treadmill Tell-All. Love it? Hate? Tolerate? Fave mill workouts? Tips for passing the time.
3/13: Luck of the Runner. How does/has running make you feel lucky?
3/20: Spring Break Running/Racing plans
3/27:DNS? DNF? Have you taken one/some? Why?