Things no one tells you about running

   November 1, 2012 6:11 pm

 

This week’s Runners Notes question was inspired by a SAUR post entitled “20 Things No One Tells YOu About Running” .

I asked readers to tell me….what would you add to the list?

Sometimes running is a love/hate relationship and that’s OK. —Linda Straub

I would add that if you are a road runner, you will probably be sore after your first trail run. — Kim

I’ve learned that no matter how much cross training you do , you’ll always be sore . But , come race day, you’ll feel like a superstar , and you’ll forget how sore you were. — Anonymous

No one tells you about bra burn or that the shower after the marathon is really the most painful part and that you’ll hurt walking down stairs for four days after a marathon.  — Cyndie Zahner

 

Here’s what I would add to the list:

1. It improves your math skills. Calculating pace, mileage, and exactly how any &*^% tenths of a mile you have to run to be done with this ^%$# race, practically makes you a mathematician.

2.  You can chafe in places you never even know you had. But, when you get in the shower, you’ll become keenly aware of exactly where those places are.

3. Your running friends will become family. Better yet, they become family you want to spend time with.

4. Training for a marathon will not help you lose weight. Most people who train for the big 26.2 gain a few.

5. You don’t have to love the marathon. In fact, you can totally hate it. It’s OK and it doesn’t make you less of a runner.

6.  You can’t judge a runner by appearances. A thin (and/or ripped) runner does not equal a fast runner.

7.  It can warm your heart to winter. There’s nothing cooler than sweat running down your back on a 30-degree day while the huddled, bundled masses drive by looking at you like you’re insane. Joke’s on them.

8. Runners get to see a whole new side of the places they visit. The best way to explore any place is on foot. I’ve run on islands in the Caribbean, through ancient ruins in Mexico,  and right down the middle of deserted big-city streets.  I will never forget running on Bourbon Street in New Orleans at 6 a.m. — it’s a whole new, fascinating world (that smells like a combination of vomit, stale beer and urine, but…you know…)

9. You’ll become a sunrise (or sunset) connoisseur.  You’ll see (really see) and appreciate what most of those people buzzing by in their cars won’t ever even notice.

10. Piling on the mileage does not make you a better runner. It makes you a tired, over-trained runner who, sooner or later, will end up with an injury.

 

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