When it's hot.1 of 21
Eventually a runner is going to literally melt on an uncovered trail in August.
When it's cold.2 of 21
Running doesn't require the use of our fingers—which is good since we usually can't feel them.
When it's early.3 of 21
The early bird gets the worm. The early runner gets … home in time to shower and go to work.
When it's late.4 of 21
I'd hate to just come home and relax after work. That'd be awful…
When I'm lame.5 of 21
Yes, I'm staying in on a Friday night. I have a long run tomorrow morning.
When I'm MIA.6 of 21
And, yes, I'm also missing brunch on Saturday. I'm six miles away. On foot. With eight more to go.
When I'm drowning.7 of 21
When I'm blind.8 of 21
When I'm hoarding podcasts.9 of 21
I can't waste these. I need them both for my long run.
When I'm doing laundry.10 of 21
So, so much laundry.
When I'm stuck on the dreadmill.11 of 21
The struggle is so real.
When I skip my run.12 of 21
The guilt is unbearable.
When I'm in an ice bath.13 of 21
Completely necessary torture.
When I'm foam rolling.14 of 21
More completely necessary torture.
When I'm skipping my upper body workout (again).15 of 21
There's just not enough time/energy/anything.
When I'm cramping.16 of 21
From now on, I'm eating all of the bananas and drinking all of the pickle juice.
When I'm on the track.17 of 21
You know, who needs speed anyway? Didn't the tortoise and hare teach us anything?
When I'm without water.18 of 21
Forgotten water bottles, broken water fountains, trails without water fountains. Defending against dehydration is never easy.
When I look at my feet.19 of 21
Why even bother with pedicures? Such a lost cause.
But I keep coming back.20 of 21
In spite of everything, we can't quit running. We love it too much.