Getting back into shape sucks.
When you take any period of time off (one week or one decade…)…getting back into fitness is not pleasant. While the first run might feel great, not every single run is rainbows and butterflies. Not every run is pleasant. Getting back into shape is not linear and it never will be. You’ll have triumphs and you’ll have set backs. You’ll have both.
In fact you will drastically ask yourself: Why am I even doing this?
Is it even worth it?
At least that is where I’m at right now. Why am I trying to get into shape when I’m miserable?
Yesterday’s 1:44 half marathon left me with both. I was excited to have run an injury free half marathon. That is huge but I am wanting to be in shape and race at goal paces again. Today I’m paying the price of being sore and walking like I ran my first marathon.
So I’m currently dealing with my first (and probably one of many) minor hiccups.
If running and getting into shape was easy, we would all be world major marathon winners.
If running was easy, we would be recipients of 500,000 dollars for winning multiple marathons.
We would pick up dozens of race wins and we would all be elite. Not only that but we would look glamorous in every race photo.
The fact is running isn’t easy. It’s a tough love sport. It’s a sport that you beat your body up and put it through a meat grinder and for what?
For that feeling of accomplishment and that feeling of a great and solid training cycle. That PR that you crushed and worked hard for.
So remember that when you are dry heaving on the side of the road because you took a race out too fast (Oh just me?)
This not meant to be whiny at all. I’m stating that not every run will be enjoyable and I’m okay with that.