There is so much more to running than putting one foot in front of the other. When I started the only thing I thought about was how boring it was and how badly my body hurt afterwards. But as I got into it and once I was able to run a few miles without stopping, I was bit by the running bug. To say running is addictive is an understatement. It became life consuming! I'm obsessed. There's a lot of stuff people don't tell you about running. Let me fill you in, here are 26 things no one tells you about running!
1. It’s expensive. You will spend ALL the money. Clothes, gear, shoes, race entry fees the list goes on and on and on.
2. You will meet people and make friendships with people you wouldn’t normally hang out with. And they will make you a better person.
3. You may not lose any weight but you’ll develop some super sexy muscles.
4. You will become a professional snot rocket launcher.
5. You will start to treat your body with respect and understand that eating is necessary and a wonderful bonus.
6. Your self-esteem will sky rocket and you will see yourself in a whole new light.
7. You won’t feel guilty about wearing your running clothes out in public ALL THE TIME.
8. Your schedule will become precise and you’ll get more done in a day than you ever thought possible. “It’s 11am and I’ve already run 10 miles, had brunch, and gone grocery shopping.”
9. You will start to spend an excessive amount of time reading articles about running or pinning funny running memes.
10. You will eventually enjoy being sore and worry if you aren't sore.
11. You will learn more about your digestive system, nutrition, and hydration than you ever cared to know.
12. You will sweat so, so, so much. Even when it's snowing.
13. There will be boring days and races where you will absolutely hate running and think about quitting.
14. Your life decisions will start to revolve around when you can get a run in and if you can go to bed early.
15. You will do twice as much laundry.
16. Your feet will be repulsive. #AllTheCallouses
17. You’ll get really excited about new running accessories or when you find a good brand of chafe cream. (It’s the little things.)
18. Regardless of whether you are training for a specific race or just running to work out, you’ll accomplish things you never thought you could. And you will feel really, really proud about it.
19. You’ll do your best brain storming and thinking while you run. Then get home and forget every single brilliant idea.
20. You will become the world’s fastest walker.
21. When your insecurities slap you in the face, you learn how to run them down.
22. You will become way too comfortable discussing embarrassing topics with your fellow runners. - "Hey hot guy, I love talking about poop with you...also we should get a beer sometime?..."
23. You will come to find that you don't need the support you think you need. Believing in yourself is all it takes. Everything else is an added bonus.
24. You will have to bite your tongue every time you want to talk about running to your non-running friends. "You guys! Did I tell you I ran 5 miles without stopping? Kind of incredible."
25. You’ll develop crazy habits like refusing to untie your shoelaces or how you warm up or down after a run.
26. It will change your life.
I can't believe it happened. I can't even tell you how I feel right now but it's the best feeling in the world. It's been my goal since my first marathon back in 2013 to break 4 hours and it just happened. My body hurts so much right now but my heart couldn't be happier. I did it. I fucking did it. Screw looking for a boyfriend, I'll take this PB any day. #tcsnycmarathon #RunSelfieRepeat #nycmarathon #BAESoftheNYCmarathon
If you have something to prove, if you need something to do, or if you just feel restless running is for you. It took running a marathon to convince myself to jump off the post college cliff and move to New York. It took running a marathon to believe in myself. I don't know where I would be without it and it's worth every single terrible and painful run.