The hardest part about running is not the actual running.
The hardest part about running is in fact the part before you run…the part where you convince yourself to go in the first place.
You can spend a lot of minutes talking yourself out of running, and back into it again.
That mental debate that you have, the “should I” or “shouldn’t I” is what makes running such a big deal.
Somehow though, you find the will to go (hopefully).
And then you face the second hardest part…
the first 10 minutes.
If you force yourself to run the first 10 minutes, you can keep going for miles after that.
In the first 10 minutes, you sort of regret going in the first place.
You say to yourself, “Ugh. My lungs. I can’t even feel air going into them. Am I even breathing right now?”
If you can make it through 10 minutes, it gets easier suddenly.
It is as if your lungs have finally accepted the air that you’ve been trying to suck into them for the last 10 minutes.
Suddenly, running becomes easy.
You can enjoy your Spotify “Running like a Boss” playlist.
You can think about your head on Heidi Klum’s body.
Your feet feel light.
Your breath feels smooth.
Running becomes a flawless movement.
You tell yourself that you will keep doing this.
You can tell yourself that it feels good, and next time you won’t ask “should I?”
You walk in the door, pull out your headphones, and you smile.
You never regret a run.