2017 Runner's World Grand Slam medals and my ambassador shirt.
Okay; hate is a strong word.
I don't hate running. I love it. I love the way it makes me feel. When I finish a race, there is a sense of accomplishment that comes over me in the same way I imagine Henry Rearden would feel looking at his bridge in Atlas Shrugged.
Running is more than just legs. It really is a full body work out. Form is crucial to success and maintaining good form can be hard when you are tired. Changing your stride and listening to your body to get all your muscle groups to cooperate is a fun challenge.
There is also a mental game you play with yourself while running. Your brain tells you to stop because you are tired; however, very seldom do humans reach the full capacity of what they can offer. Telling my brain to stuff a sock in it because there is more juice in the tank and actually breaking that barier is; astonishing... no; awe inspiring.
I love running because I can set a goal and measure progress. I can make changes to training and see the effects. I can train anywhere in the world and almost always find someone to run with.
I love running because it is as much a team sport as it is an individual's sport. It is absolutely a measure of my ability but we are #Strongertogether (thanks @Runtastic) A pack of runners is stronger than one runner. That pack provides encouragement and motivation. Even if the pack are strangers they are united for a short time in a common understandingof one another's struggles and unspoken goals.
I really really dislike running because the math doesn't make sense.....
How can I run a faster time in one race (let's say... 19:06 in a 5k) and come in 33rd; but slower in another (19:37 same 5k distance) and come in 3rd...overall...as in podium spot...
okay I get it... It depends on the location and popularity of the race; but still... I run my butt off at 100% effort and get a measly 33rd... I tried really hard lol.
Running is not about winning the race.
Running is about winning your race.