24 July 2007

Life is short. Running makes it seem longer.

This morning I woke up at 4:45 am and ran the Deseret News 10K. The route started at Research Park and ended up at Liberty Park. Part of the course was along the Pioneer Day Parade route. It was only about 6:30 am and there were so many people there cheering us on. About a month ago I hurt my sciatic nerve and had to take a break from running. This was my first day back in my running shoes. I pushed it hard and I'm hurting now. But you have to look like it's effortless when that many people are watching you. I felt so cool when the teenage boys stuck their hands out to give you a high five as you ran past. Everytime I run, I wonder why I am doing this. It never feels good. I totally became a runner this summer, and I have no idea why. I've already completed a couple big races and yeah, there is a certain amount of satisfaction that comes from it, but it quickly leaves and you're just thinking about how much your feet and quads hurt. At least that is my experience. I send this warning out to you all-don't become a runner! It's hell!

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