Why People Run:
Cross country is the worst sport, but I love it just a little bit.
- •They hate themselvesThis one is partially true.
- •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 sweatyIt's only 5 miles and the clouds are blocking the sun completely. Get it together.
- •For the overpriced, blindingly neon shoes that will fall apart in a month
- •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
- •To have people constantly criticize your form and tell you everything you're doing wrongYes, 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?
- •For the injuries that are caused by your bad running formI'm talking to you, aching hip and snapping knee.
- •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! 😍😊
- •For the constant worry of how your daily habits/activities will affect your runDid I slow down on the last mile because of that donut I ate three weeks ago? Probably.
- •For the anger and resentment that you have towards yourselfWhy did you not choose a less sweaty, but just as difficult sport, like golf?
- •To be given the privilege of feeling pain caused by eating too much or not enough before a runLife is all about balance.
- •To experience side stitches for NO REASON WHATSOEVERSide 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.
- •To have everyone describe your sport as either hard and impossible or primitive and dumbIt's actually impossibly dumb. Get it right.
- •For the semi-intense feeling of dehydrationSmart, 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.
- •For the gross pictures of your face during a raceWhy.
- •For the dank, calloused feet and aching armsTotally worth it, right?
- •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 endorphinsEvery 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.
- •For that feeling of camaraderie you get when you run past another sweaty, exhausted runner and your eyes meet for just a secondYou 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.
- •It's fun... seriouslyYou should try it sometime.