I love running for the same reason I used to hate it: It's hard.
But by doing something hard I feel strong. I know that I can overcome the difficulties and push myself through the pain. Push myself to keep going when I want to stop. Push myself to find a mental and a physical strength within myself. I strive to be better each and every run. I have watched myself accomplish the goal of running a 5K, an 8K, a half-marathon, and even a marathon. It wasn't easy, but I never did it because it was easy. I love it because it's hard. It makes me a better person in so many ways. Through the hard runs I learn that I am capable of more than I ever thought.
And so this morning when I didn't really want to get out and do my long run, I did it anyway. I put on the clothes I had set out last night, grabbed my Garmin off the charger, and filled my Nathan belt with water. Afterwards I didn't have a single regret. Yes, it was hard. BUT I DID IT. And after doing it I felt stronger.
Time: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Miles this Week: 24.5
Miles this Month: 48.5