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PSA: Running is Hard!

2011 March 29
by Jess

So often I hear the words “but I’m not a runner” or “running is so hard“. Yes, my dear friends running is hard. It’s hard for the newbies and it’s hard for the old-timers like myself. In the same way push-ups never seem to get any easier neither does running.

Yes, there are days when you hit your stride and feels a little bit easier, but overall running is hard!

At this point in my training every single run feels like an accomplishment, no matter what the distance. As soon as the run is complete I immediately start looking around for someone to high-five. (Something tells me that “high-fiving” strangers on random days in Central Park would be a little embarrassing.)

Why They Run:

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I love both of these comments. To those of you who say or think that you are not a runner, but you’re out there running and training for races change your perspective. You ARE a runner.

*Good luck to all of you who are running the More/Fitness Magazine 1/2 Marathon this upcoming Sunday!

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  1. March 29, 2011

    I thought running was “not for me” when I first tried it. Turns out I was going way too fast! Once I slowed down, I realized anyone can be a runner. The speed comes with time.

  2. March 29, 2011

    I love this! I’ve run four half marathons and still have a difficult time calling myself a “runner.” Heck yeah it’s hard, but it’s so rewarding.

    Also, I’m all about random high fives with strangers. I say go for it.

  3. Michelle permalink
    March 29, 2011

    I love these posts! It so inspiring to hear why everyone else runs and see how passionate they are.

  4. Amber permalink
    March 29, 2011

    You know, it makes me feel better to hear you say running is hard. I feel like it looks so effortless when everyone else does it, it is nice to hear you are struggling too!

  5. Kristin permalink
    March 29, 2011

    I have been running for about a year and a half now and will do my 3rd 1/2 marathon this Sunday with the More mag race. I had always thought running was not for me and still find it hard to say that “I am a runner” even though I obsess about running sometimes. My idea about myself as a runner changed officially when recently, as I was leaving my apartment to go for a run in Central Park, a woman on the street came up to me and said “you are a runner, you’ll know what block the housing works thrift shop is on. runners always know directions.” And I was in fact able to tell her where the store was and in that moment, I realized I am a runner. Sounds so silly, but it’s true.

  6. March 29, 2011

    I agree it is not always easy and I am not the fastest runner, but I am one of the happiest. I started running last year and it has been a love affair ever since.

  7. Sherri Lambe permalink
    March 29, 2011

    Next time I’m in NYC we need to plan a run in CP and finish in the same spot, because I totally have the ‘need to high five someone’ issue too!

  8. March 29, 2011

    I am not a runner but I run & I always feel like I have accomplished something when I am done!

  9. March 29, 2011

    Running IS hard. One of the most frustrating things for me is that I seem to get injured a lot running and this is so annoying because it’s like- hey I’m willing to put in the time and effort to do something hard, can’t my body help me out a little haha

  10. March 29, 2011

    What great quotes. It’s so true…they’re really is no such thing as a runner’s body or type. I’ve seen all shapes and sizes, high tech and low tech gear but nothing really matters in running except hard work and determination.

  11. March 29, 2011

    thanks for this post…running is not a natural runner and struggle most runs, i dont consider my self as a runner…but i guess i am :)
    some days 5kms can seem just as long and has hard as 10km..who knows why?!

    • March 30, 2011

      So true! There are days that a half marathon is totally manageable — but other days, even with proper rest, hydration and preparation, one mile is killer. Go figure!

  12. March 30, 2011

    I am a runner on occasion, but since I don’t really like it, I’m ok to say I am not a runner :) But you’re right, I talk to so many people who say they aren’t runners just because they don’t run LONG distances. There is no definition of “runner” so I agree with you, they are runners!

  13. yesPecan permalink
    March 30, 2011

    Strangely when I tell some people I run, they give me a weird look. LOL! These are the people who knew me back when I was an indoor kid who hated sports and failed PE every year :P Can’t say I love running now – it can be so haaaaard!!! But I so enjoy it and gives me the “if I can conquer this, I can conquer anything” mentality :)

  14. March 30, 2011

    This post was very inspiring! I loove to run! I have trouble calling myself a runner because I can’t run a full marathon. I feel that calling yourself a runner means you can run long distances and I can’t(right now, lol). After reading this post it gives me a little confidence to say it with pride I am a runner!! A lot of people are intimidated by running because it is hard! So why not just say you’re a runner whether you can run 1 mile or 26 miles! Thanks for this!

  15. March 31, 2011

    Aw! I’m glad my comment spoke to you! I LOVED this post, obviously (and not just cuz of the shout-out, hehe)…because you’re right, running is hard. As it should be. But anyone who runs, um hello – you are indeed a runner, 3 miles or 13.1 miles, it’s all running last time I checked. ;-)

  16. Carolyn permalink
    March 6, 2013

    I recently began running with my 13 year old son. I tried to do some running a few years ago and got to where I could do 30 minutes, but it never seemed to get much easier, so I didn’t stick with it. It is encouraging to hear others say that running is just plain hard! I am trying to get my son to agree to train for a 5K. Right now he just needs to do 1 mile for 12 weeks and improve his time for a scout badge. It is easier for him than for me (that 31 year age difference probably has something to do with it- yes, I am 44). Thanks for the encouragement!

    • Jess permalink*
      March 6, 2013

      I started running when I was 13, that’s so fun! It takes some time for it to feel good, but if you stick with it you’ll get there!

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