Today I ran 20 miles. The first 20-miler of this marathon cycle since I missed one due to spraining my foot. I'm kind of used to being the crazy-runner-chick in my circles. And often I encounter people/friends just starting out that ask when it gets easier. Well, folks, I'm going to keep it real... it doesn't. I'm here to admit that I struggle on most runs... both physically and mentally. I rarely have "fun" during a run. I'm here and I continue to run because I like the way I feel after - the accomplishment, the feeling of strength. I like what I'm doing for my health. I like what it teaches my children about being active and healthy.
I've done 12 half marathons, and I've had people comment "oh, that's easy for you" as I head out to embark on another. I'm here to say that 13.1 miles is never easy for me. Some runs are less of a struggle than others. Some runs I recover from more quickly than others, but 13.1 miles is still a challenge and a long way to run! Every run should be celebrated as an accomplishment, even if it's the 100th time you've done it.