It’s the Hardest Thing You’ll Ever Do
There is a reason a lot of people don’t like to run, especially when it comes to distance running; It’s hard! No amount of skill can help you when it comes to running. The only way to get better is to sweat and suffer through lots and lots of training.
I’m probably losing you, aren’t I?
As hard as this is to believe, a lot of people think running is, well, fun. I know, crazy right? I happen to be one of those insane people and I am proud of it! Honest! I ENJOY running! Hear me out though, beacause I have a few good reasons:
Reason #1: The Individuality
How many people do you know that willingly admit that they love running? Or do it willingly? Not a whole lot I’m guessing. Any one can play baseball or volleyball, especially if they have natural skill. In my opinion, real athletes are the ones who run. There aren’t a whole lot of us, but gosh darn it, we are proud! And although we are a team(for those of us on Cross Country or Track) you are in full control of your performance. We are individuals, but work for a team purpose.
Reason #2: The Reward
I can honestly say that the best feeling in the world is the one you get after a hard, long run. I recently ran a 5k Cross Country race with my High School team. (Boys always run the 5k, which is 3.1 miles, while girls usually run the 4k, or 2.5 miles) The race was excruciating while I was running it and I wanted nothing more but to be done as fast as possible. Two things happened that made me extremely happy. The first, I was done with the race! There is no greater relief than finishing a race. I actually laughed with a fellow competitor saying, “That wasn’t so bad. Wanna go again?” The second was that I broke my personal record for running a 5k. My previous record of 25:00 has now become a 23:02. I was very proud of myself. I wish everyone could experience this feeling!
Reason #3: All Around Workout
Not too many people know that running doesn’t only target the muscles in your legs. Running gives you an almost full-body workout! While training, runners need to focus on their core, their arms and their legs in order to see any running results. I firmly believe that runners are in better shape than almost any other athlete. We are, in my opinion, the most fit people in the world.
I try to recruit a lot of people to run, but most just laugh at me. The lucky few will realize the good in running and join us in our run. I hope you will too. Blog ya later!