This week’s Tuesday on the Run theme is Things I Dislike About Running. Ironically, I was just composing a list in my head while running the other day! Some of this is a bit tongue in cheek, but other things really are annoying. I’ll let you figure out which are which.
1. It seriously cuts into my TV time.
There once was a time that I actually knew which shows DH had programmed into our DVR. Now I really don’t have a clue. Occasionally we will binge watch a Netflix series but when I do sit down in front of the TV I am multitasking to catch up on laundry, meal planning, etc.
2. Peer pressure.
When you are part of a running group, things like “sure, a hundie sounds fun!” or “sure, let’s do a 22 mile fun run this weekend!” come out of your mouth without even realizing it.
3. All the laundry.
I swear, running clothes multiply in the laundry and somehow there are never enough clean leggings.
4. All the showers.
Know what’s annoying? Running in the evening, taking a shower, then getting up the next morning, running again, and showering AGAIN.
5. All the shoes.
I hate to think about how much DH and I have spent on shoes over the past couple of years. It’s all about finding the elusive “perfect” $100-$150 pair of shoes. And of course when they have worn out you don’t want to throw them out, so they become your yard pair. And before you know it your closet is overtaken with old shoes.
6. Exposure to the elements.
-6, 90, rain, wind, snow, bugs, sun–all things I could easily avoid in my nice temperature controlled home if I was not a runner.
7. Having to work harder to burn calories.
It used to be that I’d get winded just walking across the airport. Now I have to keep increasing my speed and distance to get a workout. So not fair!
8. Pooping in the woods.
I never thought I’d do it . . . but it is very common, and I never go on a long trail run without my little baggie of TP and hand sanitizer. Even worse, when running with friends, we talk about digestive issues all.the.time.
9. Having to post on social media.
I realized that I was becoming one of “those” people, so I stopped posting my runs on Facebook. But then people I barely knew would meet me in person and say, “Hey, you’ve been kind of slacking lately!” So rather than have to explain that I was just trying not to post so much, I have started posting again. Unlike some other runners, I do not have the gift of the perfect sweaty running selfie. I look like someone who has just run.
10. Having to explain all of the above to non runners.
It’s hard to know what to say when people tell me they would only run if they were being chased by a bear. Or stare in disbelief when I say I’m training for a double marathon. “Why would you want to do that?” they ask. My answer? “Because I can.” There may be a day when I cannot run, when I cannot commiserate and celebrate with my running friends on Facebook, when I cannot poop in the woods, when I no longer burn calories, soak up the sunshine, meet inspirational people, nor miss TV shows.
Today is not that day.
The Weekly Wrap
It continues to be a challenge to fit in all my runs around other activities. I’ve decided to just do the best I can and enjoy life when I can. It will all work out.
Monday: 9 mile run, 45 minute swimming lesson. I have one more left and am really going to miss it!
Wednesday: Valentine’s Day edition of Hills & Stairs. About 3 1/2 miles.
Thursday: 4 mile run
Friday: Out for a friend’s birthday . . . which led to a late night and not running on Saturday, either LOL
Sunday: 12 mile run
For more fitness inspiration be sure to check out these running link ups: The Weekly Wrap hosted by hosted by HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home and Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia!