As I was slogging through my humid summer run this morning, I had one of those “Why am I doing this moments?”. I know in my heart of hearts that I do love running and I am going to chalk these thoughts up to heat exhaustion causing temporary insanity. Most of the time, running and I have a pretty solid thing going on. However, just like most long term relationships, we sure do have our ups and downs. Running is a lot like the best (and worst) boyfriend.
How Running is a lot like the best (and worst) boyfriend
Running is new and exciting
Like a new boyfriend, running can be new exciting. Runs can take you to new places to see new things. Running can take you out on your first snowy run of the year or that surprise cool summer morning excursion. Running can take you to destination races to meet new people.
Running knows how to flirt with you
Running knows how to tempt you just enough to always leave you wanting more. Running dangles all kinds of exciting races and medals in front of you. Once you are hooked on running’s sly tricks, it’s hard to get enough of him. He leaves you yearning for more and sometimes you just can’t get enough.
Running doesn’t care if you cheat on him
Running knows that exclusive relationships might not be your thing. Running is ok with you taking a yoga class or strength training because he knows those things make you happy and stronger so you can do more running. He knows you will always come back to him.
Running is a little bit of an egomaniac. He knows he has you hooked and it’s only a matter of time before you come “running” back to his open sneakers.
Running always leaves you wanting more
Oh he knows exactly what he is doing! He whispers things like, “if you can run 6 miles then you can do a half marathon…” Trust me he says and you do. He has that way about him.
Running always understands
Oh Running knows that you need stay in on a Friday night and go to sleep early because you have a long run early Saturday morning. Running knows and appreciates how much you give up for him.
Running makes you feel sexy
After just a few minutes with running, he knows you are feeling hot and sweaty and those endorphins are kicking in. His charm is pretty irresistible. He has a way of making you feel strong, sexy and invincible. He knows you are coming back for more.
Relationship status: It’s complicated
Just like any long term relationship, running has it’s ups and down. Just when you think you have him all figured out, he throws you a curve ball. Running requires lots of time, energy and effort to make it work. Sometimes running leaves me frustrated and disappointed.
We may have hit a little rough patch but I am going to stick with him. I am “in it for the long run”.
How about you-what’s your relationship status with running? Is Running like your best or worst boyfriend?