Why People Run:

Cross country is the worst sport, but I love it just a little bit.
  1. They hate themselves
    This one is partially true.
  2. To be drenched in sweat and leave strangers wondering whether or not you just went swimming, came out of a torrential rainstorm, or are really THAT sweaty
    It's only 5 miles and the clouds are blocking the sun completely. Get it together.
  3. For the overpriced, blindingly neon shoes that will fall apart in a month
  4. For the overpriced, blindingly neon running clothes that lack in variety and are either trying too hard to be stylish or are not trying enough
  5. To have people constantly criticize your form and tell you everything you're doing wrong
    Yes, my arms probably do flail madly about and my feet probably do drag like those of a child who does not want to go to school. Who cares?
  6. For the injuries that are caused by your bad running form
    I'm talking to you, aching hip and snapping knee.
  7. For the love/hate relationship that you have with both the sport and those who participate in it
    *during a run* I HATE RUNNING. I HATE IT, I HATE IT, I HATE MYSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO RUNS WITH ME 😤😭. *after a run* I LOVE RUNNING. RUN IS FUN. EVERYBODY RUN. WHOOOOOOOOO!!! GO TEAM! 😍😊
  8. For the constant worry of how your daily habits/activities will affect your run
    Did I slow down on the last mile because of that donut I ate three weeks ago? Probably.
  9. For the anger and resentment that you have towards yourself
    Why did you not choose a less sweaty, but just as difficult sport, like golf?
  10. To be given the privilege of feeling pain caused by eating too much or not enough before a run
    Life is all about balance.
  11. To experience side stitches for NO REASON WHATSOEVER
    Side stitch: the pain you get on either side of the abdomen below the ribs. If you've ever sprinted too hard, too fast, or drank too much water prior to running, you know this pain all too well.
  12. To have everyone describe your sport as either hard and impossible or primitive and dumb
    It's actually impossibly dumb. Get it right.
  13. For the semi-intense feeling of dehydration
    Smart, scientific people advise drinking water every half hour or so while on a run. Honestly though, I personally do not know anybody who follows this advice and I'm pretty sure that we all regret it.
  14. For the gross pictures of your face during a race
    Why.
  15. For the dank, calloused feet and aching arms
    Totally worth it, right?
  16. For the dumb, happy feeling you get when you go on a run that is way too long and you just blame it on the endorphins
    Every runner has that certain number of mileage that, once they pass it, everything is just sort of a blur and you feel like singing, smiling, dancing, and running all at once.
  17. For that feeling of camaraderie you get when you run past another sweaty, exhausted runner and your eyes meet for just a second
    You both KNOW. Who knows what you know, but it just feels like you're all in on a little secret that nobody else knows about.
  18. It's fun... seriously
    You should try it sometime.