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The Dark Side Of Running
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The Dark Side Of Running

Life isn't always easy.

Running can be really hard when every muscle of your body aches, the knees, hips, ankles and all other joints scream, your stomach aches, you want to throw up or need a toilet desperately, your hands swell, your face gets bright red, you sweat like a pig and if you stop you freeze, you are thirsty and hungry but can't get another bite down and the thought of another pack of gel makes you noxious.

Everyone you thought was your running pal is gone, they all somehow disappeared there in front of you, further and further away in the far distance ahead. The iPod has an empty battery and is of no use, which maybe isn't all that bad because all the songs are getting on your nerves anyway. The fuel belt teases and threatens to either fall off or drag your trousers down to your knees. Not a flattering sight.

Your right thigh suddenly begins to cramp so you nearly fall as the whole leg gets disabled. You don't have a choice, you have to stop and stretch out which isn't easy on this exact spot with no trees, poles or anything you can hold on in to.

The taste of the energy drink is far too sweet and it sticks to your tongue. The top tightens around your chest and makes it hard to breath. Your shoulders are stiff and ache and you have difficulties turning your head if you want to see if anybody is behind you.

On days like that it is inevitable that slow runners, you don't even know, have to come out of the blue and overtake in a way that makes you feel like you are some kind of an alien snail that doesn't belong on the surface of the earth. Your stomach makes you go outside the road for a moment but it doesn't seem to help much.

You can feel that the toenail you were worrying about has decided not to heal, but most probably will turn blue, which also means that it will fall off when time comes. And you know you are getting blisters on the little toes of both feet. You hope your feet behave and they don't develop blisters under the forefoot because things like that can go on and on bothering you for the next days if that happens. Days like that make you understand how the sheep dogs must feel when they have been running out there in the rough landscape for days with nothing to protect their feet.

Well... I told you. Life isn't always easy.


Street Talk

I can see the running association should think twice before signing you up as their PR person! Yep! I'm convinced to stay home!! I've missed your great articles by the way! Good to see this one and so fun!

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  about 5 years ago

They say people who practice a sport are a bit masochistic because they enjoy the pain caused by the exercise. I have to confess that I fall into this category and reading your article made me remember some of the moments in which I felt like this. The most interesting part is that we keep coming back for more. Thank you. :)

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  about 5 years ago

The pain is nothing compared to the wellness and good health one gets from exercising.

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  about 5 years ago

Sounds like your blisters would have had blisters! I agree with J Christian, my body was aching just reading it - good descriptive writing - not sure it would convince me to take up running though hehe!

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  about 5 years ago

oh.. well. then I must write another article on the positive effects, mustn't I? :)

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  about 5 years ago

This was my favorite article of yours ..I actually felt all of your pain..good writing!

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  about 5 years ago

I am glad to hear that. It didn't take long time to write this, it just came without effort, which makes it fun writing. Wish writing was more often like that

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  about 5 years ago

You are quite the saleslady! I'm almost persuaded to take up running....lol... but not this week!! I got a smile when you said there was nothing in this spot to hold on to.... it's the image of Iceland for me! Enjoyable to read your experience!

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  about 5 years ago

not very likely anyone would want to run after reading this article of mine I would think

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  about 5 years ago
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