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18 Things Nobody Told Me About Running
1. It’s hard…like, really hard. But just like relationships, parenting and figuring out your new iPhone, it gets easier with time. You may even–gasp—start to like it!
2. Clipping your toenails will take precedence over plucking your eyebrows some days.
4. At some point, you will see other runners peeing in public. You will wrinkle your nose at them: EWWW, GROSS!
5. At some point, you, too, will pee in public. You will never judge again.
6. Ditto for snot rockets.
7. When you first start, four miles seems like a lot. One day, you’ll catch yourself telling someone “I only ran four miles today.” Try not to smile smugly when that happens.
8. You’ll wince at a pair of high heels with a $100 price tag, but declare it a bargain if that same tag is on your favorite running shoes.
9. Your laundry basket will smell like a boys’ locker room. You won’t really notice (or care).
10. You’ll geek out at the opportunity to run in the rain, because it’s just that awesome.
11. There will be stretches of days when you don’t feel like running at all. It’s perfectly normal, it’s not a failure, and a few days off does a body good.
12. Like Christmas, you will be wide awake at 2 a.m. on race morning, giggling. Also like Christmas, you will not be allowed to wake anyone in the house up until 5 a.m.
13. Without any prompting on your part, family members, friends and coworkers will take up running, too. They’ll ask all the same questions you had when you started—and this time, you’ll be the one with the answers.
14. The first thing you’ll do when you book a vacation or work travel is look for races and/or cool running routes in the area.
15. “Runger” is real, and it is marvelous. Only pregnant women and runners can truly understand strange cravings at strange times.
16. While running with your friends, you will talk about food, children, current events—everything but running. During cocktail hour with that same group, when you’re showered and wearing “real-world” clothes, all you will talk about, ever, is running.
17. The friends you make through running will become like family.
18. Anyone can do it. (Yes, you!)
What would you add to this list of things nobody told me about running? —Susan Lacke
Susan Lacke swims, bikes and runs so she has a reason to eat, nap and curse. Though she’s finished marathons and an Ironman, she still whines when she has to make more than one trip to the car to bring in groceries. “Like” her on Facebook for her latest columns in Competitor, Triathlete.com and No Meat Athlete.