Saturday, November 21, 2015

Things No One Tells You About Running

I've been running and training consistently for the last 2 years, and there are a lot of things about running that I didn't know until I really started running seriously. Many things that runners don't tell you when you start, simply because they are such a common part of being a runner, that you forget to mention them to new runners.

Things No One Tells You About Running:

  1. When you talk about running to someone who doesn't run, the first thing they will tell you is how much they hate running.
  2. You will realize that most people don't really how much you ran today.
  3. In the middle of a race, whether it's 5, 10 or 21km, you will be telling yourself you will never do this again. Yet the minute you cross the finish line, you want to do a hundred more. Kind of like a hangover in a way.
  4. You will never have digestive problems ever again. Running is kind of amazing for that. Oh, and chances are, you'll need to go number 2 in the middle of your race.
  5. Just because you run by another runner, doesn't mean they'll want to say hi or chit chat.
  6. Running is expensive.
  7. You will get addicted and obsessive. That feeling when you're flying to the finish line, the therapy you get from running, the people you meeting in running groups... It's addicting. Wait till you start obsessing over which race and how many you can fit into one season.
  8. Eventually, your clothes will stink, even if they're clean. You just can't get that smell out, especially the summer running clothes.
  9. People will always ask you how long a marathon is. Always.
  10. You will discover this amazing mental and physical strength you never knew you had from running, rain or shine, happy or sad, you kept going, and that's a strength not many people know how to find.

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