Wednesday Word: Struggle


The first Wednesday of each month, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

Today’s word is Struggle

According to the dictionary, to struggle means: “to try hard to do something that you find very difficult.”

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Yup.  I may be crazy but I have never DNFed in a race. And many have been a struggle.  It may have been because of physical pain, inadequate training, weather-related conditions and/or course elevation.  But I mustered through all of the above.

yes, this half was a struggle – first one after ankle surgery and foot stress fracture but I finished!!

I’m not saying that no one should DNF (especially if they are injured.) But a run or a race is often a struggle that many runners endure.

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I am not a natural athlete  I didn’t start running until I was 55.  And then only 5ks.  However, once I started running half marathons, I was addicted.  Why?  Because of the quote above. For me, every half marathon is HARD!!!

#27 was just as hard or harder than #1

And the reward is so sweet.  That feeling of success is hard to be duplicated.

happy faces post Shape Half Marathon

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How about all those speed drills where we could not hit our paces? How about all those training runs where we had to stop and walk …often? How about all those races with disappointing finish times?
Those bad ones existed so that we would see progress.  They prepared us for success. And didn’t the struggle seem worth it in the end?

This PR half was 14 minutes faster than a tough one a few weeks before.

And probably the hardest struggle and unfortunately we’ve all experienced it, is coping with a injury that halts or ends our running.
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We usually don’t realize this until we are healed and have returned to running.

We learned how to avoid a repeat of the injury. Or we learned to love another sport such as swimming or biking.  Or more importantly, we learned to appreciate our ability to run.

backing to racing after a broken foot and so happy

So at first, I thought of the word struggle as having a negative connotation. Now I realize that it’s not a bad thing and that it is an essential part of our life as runners.

I’m also linking this post with Susie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches’ Corner.

Happy Running! Have you had any STRUGGLES with regard to running? Please share.

6 thoughts on “Wednesday Word: Struggle

  1. One of my biggest struggles with racing is racing in the heat. Despite my PR in NOLA, it’s still a tough one for me. There are so many things you can control about your race, but the weather is not one of them!

    I do absolutely feel that you can’t enjoy the good without the bad. But of course I’d like my bad minimized — wouldn’t we all?


  2. Right now, I am struggling big time with running. I really try to keep it positive on the blog, but in truth, right now running is a chore. It’s hard and it’s not fun. I have had slumps before but never like this. I am hoping that it passes.


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