Tempo runs. Hills. Long hours up and down the trails.
Running can be painful. And pain usually isn’t fun.
But as any runner knows, running can be one of the most enjoyable activities out there! After all, why would we spend so much time doing it if we weren’t having a good time?
When things are going well, it is easy to forget the tough times, but when those tough times poke their little head out, it is even easier to forget why you love running in the first place.
A Middle School Relationship, With Running
I was reminded of this when my good friend Alex Bea shared an article with me. We’ve shared many miles together, including the last 15 of my first 50 miler, so I know that he loves running.
But like many of us, his love for running can feel more like a middle school relationship than a marriage. It’s love you one week. Avoid you the next.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our training plans and mile splits that we forget about the joy of running. I wanted to share Alex’s article, because after he forgot about that joy, he found it in an unexpected place.
Pirates and Soviets. Alex’s Rediscovery
Maybe Jedi Masters aren’t your thing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun by running like a kid again.
More ideas for bringing back the joy:
- Join a running group to make new friends.
- Find new trails or adventurous routes.
- Shake up your routine.
- Join a league sport and get your running in on the field.
Kids run all the time. Not to log miles. But to play. Why can’t we?
What brings joy to your runs?