I Now Pronounce You Man…and Runner…

To be honest sometimes the sport of running annoys me to no end.  Why do I even run?  It’s not an hour of my day…it’s basically the whole day and every day.  It’s a 24-7 commitment whether you think so or not.


Don’t get me wrong, I love running.  I enjoy running races and PRing.  I enjoy the friends I’ve met through running and I enjoy the sport of running.  I enjoy being able to push myself to new limits and to do things I never dreamed possible.  Who doesn’t enjoy doing that?

I don’t enjoy getting into shape with running.  I don’t enjoy the behind of the scenes, waking up before the turkeys, that cardiac arrest feeling or that feeling of heavy legs during a run.  I don’t enjoy those runs that just plain suck…because they do.  They are awful and there are some runs I don’t feel better after I started so I stop. (sorry motivation pinterest pictures, there are plenty of runs I wish I hadn’t done) I don’t enjoy any of that but honestly it’s less than 2 hours of my 24 hour day (a lot less right now)…so all of those things pass.

But running isn’t an hour a day commitment.  It’s not a 2 hour a day commitment.  It is a day long commitment trying to balance your life and running.  This is a life long, no escapes and every thing you do can effect your run type of sport. 

Do I want to eat that 24 ounce ribeye the night before a half marathon?  No

Do I want to wear stillettos and go dancing until 2am before a long run?  No but I probably still will.

Do I want to eat x,y,z before I got for a training run?  No, I’ll probably vomit.

Should I be on my feet or try or stay off of them?  Should I wear compression sleeves under my pants?

I’m injured from running so now I have to walk around (in real life…gasp) with crutches, a boot and the will power to not deck anyone that asked what happened.

I’m injured from real life and now it affects my running (like when I broke my arm!)

As you can see running is a daily commitment and your running affects your “real life”.  Your real life affects your running.

For me I ask myself, do the good times outweigh the bad times?  The answer is normally yes so I continue running.  When the answer becomes no, I take a break (and indulge in all those nonrunner things…like the gym, stillettos and sleeping in on a Saturday).

I’m not saying other sports aren’t like this I’m just saying I was able to go to swim practice hung over before and have some of my best practices.


21 responses

  1. I can so relate! Planning for training goes around the clock. I know it’s taken over too much when I start wanting to cut down on socializing for the sake of a good long run. A little bit can be worth it but if I feel like it’s causing me to miss out on life adjustments need to be made!

  2. ZOMG that cartoon. Emoji heart emoji runderwear.

    And I agree, being a well-performing athlete in almost any sport requires commitment long beyond training time. PT, staying healthy, recovery, etc are all so important.

  3. Haha I love the last line of this blog. Like that was the WHOLE point- you could go to swim practice hung over! I laughed. But I totally agree. Not that I run all the time, but even when I ran sometimes (more than I do now, because anything is more than not at all) I thought like that and I was barely even running!!! I used to do the same thing with CrossFit too. My diet revolves around it, my plans, my bed time, what I do during the day… Not NEARLY as much now, but committing to exercise takes a LOT!

  4. YES YES YES. Running really does take over your life, and I agree, it’s different from other sports in that you really are limited the night before a long run. I can get away with doing a long ride on my bike after a rough night, but not a long run. And thank you for being the one to say that you aren’t always glad you ran. I seriously thought I was the only one, or that maybe I just didn’t love running enough or something. Sometimes it really would have been better to stay home.

  5. YES, MORE DRAWINGS! And yes, for the level we want to compete at, we need to constantly think about how “normal” things will affect training and performance.

  6. There have definitely been runs that I regret, too. Not recently thankfully, but those pins definitely irritate me. It’s funny….when you start running, you never (or at least I didn’t) expect it to be as consuming as it is, but everything in my day (or a large part anyway) revolves around running in some way. What I eat, wear, do, etcetera…all depends on my previous run and what’s on deck next. Takes over almost without you realizing it haha…which is fine as long as I know when I need a break and take it

  7. I agree with this all. Especially about regretting a run. Those Pinterest things are ridiculously unrealistic. Would you run through a serious injury? No.
    It’s funny because both my husband and me are runners and this can lead to some pretty boring early nights, running-focused conversations and weekends just consumed with…well running. But my husband is completely different to me in that he’ll drink the night before a race, turn up hungover and smash it. Me? Nooo. I haven’t properly drank in ages purely because I don’t want it to affect my running. But sometimes you do need to live a little and not let it consume your life, however much you love it.

  8. oh man. swimming hung over. I did not have good luck with that back in the day haha. i also wouldnt eat certain foods, or too much before a swim. can we say flip turns? haha. I like that you post that not every run is going to be this great experience, but its the good ones that keep you going!

  9. This is so true! I haven’t worn high heels in YEARS because I’m too scared of what it will do to my feet and how that will affect my running!

  10. My life is definitely run by my obsession with training. I go through withdrawal when I cannot get a good run in which can be hard because my husband travels quite a bit. I totally hear you on this!

  11. My entire life revolves around running, largely because I don’t have those other outlets. It’s an autistic trait of mine to become completely and utterly obsessed with one thing, to the detriment and exclusion of everything else. I did it with food, academia and art until I fixated on running and it really stuck. The trouble is that obviously my body doesn’t go along with my mind, and thus I end up hating and resenting running for what it can do to me…the level of anxiety I have over it is sky-high, and I feel worthless after every run and particularly race because I’m so slow now, whereas I started out with a reasonable amount of potential.

    I wouldn’t see the point of living without running. I just wish it couldn’t be taken away from me so easily, and that I could run with freedom and abandon the way that I used to instead of worrying that every step will end in yet another injury, or exacerbate all of my existing ones.

    This post really, really spoke to me an awful lot.


  12. Yes, yes, yes!

    I may be done with running for the day by 6:30am, but guess what, at about 4pm… I am about to fall asleep while every person I know is just waking up. I’d say the constant fatigue is the most difficult part for me.

    I’ve never read anything like this, but you re hitting the nail on the head!!

  13. haha – so absolutely true! Something Lisa said this weekend goes with this – we were having a picnic on our long bike trip, and she mentioned that she was glad I had decided not to run the half-marathon on Sunday, so that when she got home late from work (11pm late) that I was awake and we could sit and relax and have a glass of wine together 🙂 None of that would have happened otherwise!

  14. Yes! Everything about this is spot on! And as much as I love running, there are times (many of them) when I hate how it ends up dictating almost every aspect of my life.

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