Yeah, so you read the title and said “what?” right? That was literally the thought I was having during my run yesterday though!
It actually all started when I said “On your left” to a person I was passing (they were walking. I am not fast.) and all I could think of was the scene with Captain America:
Now I will say that the early part of my run yesterday also felt awesome. I was having one of those days where things just “clicked.” Until a mile in when the humidity/heat/sunlight/pain in my toe spiked all at once. Not such a fun feeling anymore suddenly.
So anyways, to get through the struggle bus portion of the run I started thinking more about the Captain America thing. Here is this guy who has super strength and speed and he’s just bopping along at high speeds not even breaking a sweat (just watch the gif a few times more, it’s ok) despite lapping another majorly fit guy. I feel like this is lapping a Kenyan in a marathon.
As I was running and thinking, it occurred to me that this would be a really cool thing to experience a few times but I think I would lose some of the joy of running after a short while. Don’t get me wrong, being fast would be great. I would LOVE to be a speedy person who could also just run for days on end. But truthfully half of my love of running comes from knowing I pushed my boundaries. When I finish a run not feeling tired it feels like it shouldn’t count. Running means the most to me when I leave it all out there on the road/trail. I want to feel like I could not have done anymore than I did. The exhaustion is a reward.
So I guess the question is:
Would I still love to run if it was easy?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂