Last week I was talking about my number one reason I run (and keep on running).
Today I’m back with Tuesdays on the Run linkup and the worst thing about running is _______:
How much time running takes
Much as I love running, there are many downsides:
- Sun exposure (as in too much sun)
It’s all true, too.
For me, though, the very worst thing about running is the time involved. That goes for every runner, but when you’re a slow runner, a simple 3 mile run takes longer. A simple 3 mile run is not 30 minutes for me.
But it’s never a simple 3 mile run, is it?
There’s warming up. Cooling down. Prehab exercises. Foam rolling. All that laundry (sometimes just finding clean running clothes in and of itself can be a herculean effort). Taping up. Driving to a race early enough to get a good parking spot and use the portapotties. The list just goes on and on and on.
I love the people who “just run”, but for me, it’s just not that simple. Just running without warming up, cooling down, stretching, foam rolling, taping, etc. etc. — that’s my route to injury when I skip all that stuff.
But it all comes back to my number one reason I run: to change my mood.
I don’t run to lose weight, to eat more, to get outside, to improve my bone strength, to improve my cardiovascular system, to earn bling. All those things are really nice side benefits from running, but they’re not really why I run.
I run to be happier, and that’s why I’m happy to put in the time.
I wonder, too, if I am getting more time, in the end, then I’m giving up? That I’ll live longer and happier because of running. I think it’s true.
As they say:
You don’t stop running because you get old. You get old because you stop running!
— Jack Kirk, still running at 96 (quoted in Born to Run)
Can you think of something negative about running or do you love everything about it?