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. Luckily, you can deter some of the damage by investing in moisture-wicking socks and comfy sneakers.
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.
You've probably been there 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 your undying love for the sport.
How many times do you have to say it before they'll believe you? Yes, even your friend who swears they "literally can't do it" can become a runner if they really want to. 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.
You love running so much, 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.
...You're more bummed-out about the simple fact that you can't run. 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. Just remember to put your stubborn "I have to run right now" attitude to the side and make sure to rest until you're fully recovered.
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. Thanks to an increased athlete's appetite, you can probably just eat both. But for the best running results, definitely don't neglect nutrition.
As a runner, 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.
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.
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 people you can talk about the sport 24/7, and no one will ever get tired of it or roll their eyes at you. The only problem here is that you might make so many new friends that you'll have trouble keeping up with all of them.