Running is well covered with blog and websites. And here I am writing content for another one. This one will keep it real though.
My lungs were pumping in and out like pistons.
My whole body was on fire with aches and pains. The intensity of it made my eyes glaze over.
Or that might have been the sweat pouring into my eyes. It was a warm July day.
The dryness in my throat felt like I'd eaten a sandwich made of grit.
It was hard to keep my head up.
To keep going I was chanting: left foot, right foot... over and over in my head.
Or it might have been out loud - I'm not sure, I was so tired.
One thing was for sure. I would finish this marathon. One other thing was for sure. I'd train better for the next one.
Running is hard. Nobody finds it an easy way to stay fit or compete or whatever.
And if anyone tells you different it'll be bullshit.
So, when I read about people who can run much faster than me I'm inspired.
When I read about all the latest training tips I'm tempted to try them out.
But then I remember the important lesson I learned a while ago.
We all have a level.
And that level will keep us real whether we like it or not.
Yes, I train to run faster.
And yes, I train to run further.
But I do it in a way that is true to me.
Athletes need not fear me. I'll never be an athlete.
But that's fine. I love running and I work hard at it. Like many other runners who do it for fun...
We don't do it for fun, do we?
Running is not fun.
It's rewarding and it's challenging. But fun?
We eat nice food and drink nice drinks. We spend quality time with friends and family.
We go to the cinema or gigs etc.
Those things are fun.
Running is a passion.
It's my favourite thing to do. Shorts on, trainers on and out the door.
The simplicity cleanses my mind. The exercise keeps me fit.
The fresh air invigorates me and the great outdoors inspires me. That's why I run. Along with many others, I suspect.
When I decided to write about running I looked for an angle.
Landing on one was easy.
Because most writing about running is from the point of view that we are all good at it.
I mean, the authors are all well-meaning. And I appreciate their efforts. I do. But they do tend to start from the point that you're good at running.
And I thought: What if you're not?
What if you struggle week in, week out, to make small improvements?
Who writes for those runners?
Me. That's who.