Everything has an ugly truth.
Especially running. I warn you that there are some cringe worthy pictures in the post, including gnarly feet. So let’s get right to it.
1. Running SUCKS sometimes. You are not the only one that thinks this. Sure, you might see an amazing instgram photo of someone running and they look happy, the scenery is gorgeous, and you think, “Man, I wanna enjoy running like that.” The truth is (and not always of course), but that run could have been terrible. Everything is not always as it seems. There are days where I
drop F bombs say bad words throughout my entire run. Do I regret that run after I’ve finished? No, of course not, but we all have bad days
2. Running is not a cute sport. I’m serious. Those people that look phenomenal after running are liars. They didn’t run. Okay, fineeeeeee – maybe they have really good genes and I am entirely envious but I’d say don’t count on meeting your future bf at a race or anything. Unless you are Lily, have legs for days, and are completely hilarious So I guess there is hope!
This first picture is fake. This is pre-run, not post so it’s very deceiving considering I don’t look like a sweaty mess.
These next few photos are mid run… or post run.
3. Say goodbye to pretty feet. Personally, I think feet are disgusting to begin with but man, start running and you will NEVER want to show your feet in public. Don’t believe me? Look at these beauty photos – it’s gross…warning you! And then inevitably, when you do go to get a pedicure you warn the esthetician before hand by saying, “I’m so sorry, I have runners feet” – and they smile and say it’s fine but deep down I know they hate it too.
4. You will become poor because you are buying a lot of running shoes. Do you know how much a pair of decent running shoes cost? I would say no less than $100 and if you get a lot of mileage on those bad boys you are spending a lot on running shoes. And even if you aren’t running that much, you will walk into a shoe store, see all the pretty shoes, and think you need them ALL. All of them. Different colours for different moods. “OF COURSE I need these bright neon yellow shoes – I will run so fast!”
5. You might miss out on certain events because “You have to wake up to go running.” I kid you not. Ever tried to run while you are hungover? Let me tell you, it is not fun and you will most likely walk So if you are training for something, be prepared to watch a lot of TV on Saturday nights with hot chocolate. And if you are like me, you are probably not complaining. Let’s just say I didn’t grab 3 cups of water this day because I was doing a lot of running…
6. You will be updating you iPod a lot more than you like. This only applies to people who run with music, but let me tell you – if you like a song and you run a lot you will become sick of that song very very quickly. I give it a week. You will drive yourself a little crazy rummaging through 8tracks and Songza for new music. It turns into an obsession.
Currently on the playlist. I don’t even know why. It’s not a pump-uppy song at all.
7. You will forget that there is any other activity on the planet other than running. Don’t worry, in the beginning you will tell yourself that you will cross train, work on that core, and even go to yoga 2 times a week because you know, you need to stretch out your muscles. Yeah… that won’t happen. You’re lucky if you do something other than run one day a week (not counting rest days here). And when you do, you will be incredibly sore afterwards.
8. You will refuel with cupcakes. Why? BECAUSE YOU JUST RAN AND DESERVE THEM, THAT’S WHY.
9. Your perception of distance will become very very skewed. You’ll tell someone you are going for a run and they will ask you how long you’re going for today. You will respond, “Not that far, just 10 (or more) miles.” Think about that for a second. TEN MILES IS FAR. That’s almost SEVENTEEN kilometres… WHO in their right mind runs that far just for fun? And then it will get worse, and you will say, “running 18 miles wasn’t that bad.” Runners are crazy.
Yes, I ran 22 miles yesterday… another post to come on that
10. You will ask random people to give you a leg or calf massage. They will think you are kidding. You are NOT. You aren’t. And then someone will be like, “Yes, I will do that for you because you rock” – and it will be better than Christmas. For realz. It also helps if your sister is in her final year of becoming a naturopath and is fully trained in massage. SCORE.
Despite all of these complaints about running, I wouldn’t change it. It’ll always be my thing Happy running!