10 Things No One Tells You About Running

Let's put an end to the silence and talk about the sport's dirty details

Race medals, bagels, and sneakers; these are the things we like to talk about when we talk about running. But what about the less glamorous aspects of the sport? Like blisters, chafing, and steep race entry fees. How come no one ever wants to talk about the difficult stuff?

From the outside running might look graceful (at least some runners make it look that way), but by no means is it a pretty sport. It will tear you up, break you down, and leave you broke, yet somehow you love it a little more every day. Maybe that's because it gives back twice as much as it takes every time you lace up your shoes and hit the pavement.

-10 Things No one Tells You About Running-

1. Your feet will never be pretty again.
There's no way around it; if you run, and you run a lot your feet will get beat up. Pedicurists will cringe at your blisters and callouses, and you'll pretend like it's nothing new while you turn your head the other way and wait for them to paint your mangled toenails.

2. Non-runners love to tell you how much they hate running.
You've probably heard it before, the second a friend or new acquaintance learns about your running habit suddenly they're all: "Ugh I just hate running. I can't do it. How do you just... Run? I get so bored! It's so painful. It's actually impossible. I literally can't do it." No one needs to deal with that kind of negativity. So just ignore them and continue to talk about how much you just love the sport.

3. Anyone can be a runner.
Yes, even your friend who swears they "literally can't do it." There seems to be this picture perfect image of what a real runner looks like; tall, slim, graceful, and decked out in all the latest gear. But the truth is, runners come in all different shapes, sizes and outfits. If you run on a semi-regular basis, no matter how far or how fast, you're a runner.

4.  If you don’t cross train you will probably get injured.
Now that you love running so much, I hate to break it to you, but unfortunately it can’t be the only sport you involve yourself with. If you never cross train, chances are you’ll end up with an overuse injury. Sign up for a weekly cycling class or visit your yoga studio every now and then to make sure your muscles and joints stay healthy and flexible.

5. Even if you do cross train, there’s still a chance you’ll get injured.
It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. Even the best runners who follow all of the top injury prevention measures (like strength training, stretching, proper nutrition, and foam rolling) still get hurt sometimes. It’s simply something every runner must accept. On the bright side: if you’re careful and aware, you’ll be able to identify most injuries early on and nip them in the bud before they become particularly problematic.

6. Unless they ask, nobody cares how far you ran.
Even though it's an outstanding accomplishment, not even your closest friend cares that you ran 12 miles this morning. And do you know why? Because they didn’t ask. Unless someone questions you about running, they probably don’t care. It’s a sad truth that every runner must accept.

7. Eating the right foods can mean the difference between good and great running.
Let me state the obvious; running requires energy. Whether that energy comes from a cookie or a carrot can make a world of a difference. Sure, the cookie might taste better, but the carrot will provide more of the minerals and nutrients that your body needs to perform at its best.

8. Race entry fees are expensive.
You will shell out a good chunk of change for race entry fees. In fact, longer distance, big ticket races can cost upwards of $100, so start saving now.

9. You will end up forking over some serious cash for proper running attire.
Sure, running is a cheap sport when you first begin. Before you know any better, a cotton tee and an old pair of gym shorts make for perfectly acceptable running attire. But once you feel the miracle of moisture-wicking material and the comfort of compression shorts you’ll never turn back. And you’ll have no problem handing out big stacks of Benjamins to make sure your running wardrobe is never without the latest and greatest piece of gear.

10. You will make amazing friends.
You know how your non-runner friends just don’t care at all about running? Well that’s OK, because once you join the running community you’ll be greeted by a large, welcoming group of people who do.Instead of struggling to bring up running in the middle of a conversation about a completely unrelated topic, with these friends you can talk about it  24/7, and no one will ever get tired of it or roll their eyes at you.