This week’s topic is The hardest part of running is _______.
I was tempted to say EVERYTHING.
I don’t find running easy. I am not a natural athlete.
For me, long runs are hard. Speed workouts are hard. Hills are hard. 5ks are hard. Half Marathons are hard.
You get the picture.
But the hardest part about running is expectations.
I’m not saying that it’s not good to push yourself. It is.
But if we are always expecting to be faster or expecting a PR or expecting an age group award, then we are disappointed when we don’t meet our expectations.
If running is filled with disappointments, then it no longer becomes enjoyable.
This is very hard too. How do you know how high to set the bar?
If I am not sore after a race, did I not push myself hard enough?
If my time was too slow, did I walk too much?
Can I run faster? Have I peaked?
Am I too old to be able to finish that fast?
But if we set NO expectations, then we can enjoy the run more.
It will be hard but I hope I can do this more often:
and remember this:
Happy Running! What is the hardest thing about running for you?