I’m sure you’ve caught on by now…I kind of love running. However, as much as I love running, there are a few things that I don’t love quite so much.
It’s not an “inexpensive sport”
You’ve read those articles too. The ones that say running is a great, inexpensive way to exercise…all you need is a pair of shoes! What they fail to tell you is that those shoes cost upwards of $150 and the more you run, the more you’ll need to replace them! And of course if you’re female you’ll need a good sports bra. And those cheap athletic socks and running clothes as your local big box store? Probably won’t cut it for long. Before you know it, you’ll have invested hundreds into running clothes.
Weather is a thing
It would be nice if every run occurred in perfect weather…but it doesn’t. Where I live, you’ve gotta be prepared for any and every type of weather on any given day. Which of course means you need proper attire for running in said weather (there’s that “inexpensive sport” thing again) And of course weather effects your run. Humidity? It’ll slow you down. Ice and snow? That’ll slow you down too.
Treadmill, Dreadmill, or Insteadmill?
And let’s not forget the treadmill! If you’re willing to spend the money on your “inexpensive sport” to avoid the weather, there’s the treadmill. But that has a whole new host of problems! Do you go by the mileage your treadmill says or what your watch says? How do you survive more than 10 minutes on the treadmill? Is that person on the treadmill next to you at the gym running faster than you are?!
There’s so much info out there, and some of it’s conflicting
Anyone else notice this?
“Run fast to get fast!” “You need plenty of easy running days”.
“Stretch before each run” “Stretching can be harmful, do dynamic warmups instead”.
“Eat before a run.” “Eat after a run”.
I understand there are different approaches to training, and that each person is different…but I really wish it wasn’t so difficult to sift through all the information that’s out there. Let me tell ya, it would have saved me a whole lot of frustration if I had properly understood running when I started!
The need for speed
A runner’s pace is everything. Now, on one level I totally get that…but I also sometimes wish it wasn’t such a thing. We are all so different and at different points of our running journey, so we really shouldn’t compare our paces to other’s. But I’m certainly guilty of that and I bet you are too! At the same time, I know it’s a great indicator of progress. It’s such a great feeling to set a new PR and to see all your hard work pay off!
While there are some things that irritate me about running, I’m willing to look past them. Every good relationships have their down sides, right?! I love running, and I don’t see that changing any time soon =)
What about you? What things do you love to hate about running?
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