On tap for yesterday was an 8 mile easy run.

Easy is usually used to describe a run that is either easy because of pace {slower} or distance {shorter} or both. In terms of what is actually easy for each individual the varies in pace and distance.

Using EASY with the word run can be misleading though……

I started running marathons in 2003 and I can assure you that most EASY runs are still not EASY for me.

Running is hard. Period.

If you think that running is just hard for you, you are wrong. It’s hard for 99.9% of the population {a made up stat}. Yes there are some runs that you go on that feel easy, you may feel light and feel like you could run for hours and hours with ease BUT even these types of runs are not as EASY as say – sitting on your couch watching a movie.

There is the statement – if it was easy everyone would be doing it. Which YES can make you feel better about the fact that running is in fact HARD many days. BUT again it’s not entirely true. Petting a cat is easy – doesn’t mean everyone wants to do it.

My point is this. Running is hard. Worth it in my eyes {maybe not in yours}, but still hard, “even when easy.”

Yesterdays easy run felt easy at times and at other times, it just felt, well tiring…..and not so easy.

  • Mile 1: 7:43
  • Mile 2: 7:53
  • Mile 3: 7:58
  • Mile 4: 8:26
  • Mile 5: 7:58
  • Mile 6: 8:12
  • Mile 7: 8:21
  • Mile 8: 8:18

The number lover smiled when I saw that on my 8th mile on the 18th I ran an 8:18. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

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What are your thoughts on EASY runs? Is running HARD for you?


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  1. Agree – running IS hard and that is what makes it so darn satisfying! :=)

  2. I will never forget the first time my relationship with running felt validated by another human being. I was watching a YouTube video called Find Your Strong – Dream Big Run Long and someone in it said “every single mile that I push my kids, I want to quit. Running is hard, every single day.” And then I knew that somewhere out there, somebody got me. Up until that point, I had felt extreme guilt that I found running hard. I couldn’t understand the paradox between my loving something So. Much. and having it be So. Damn. Challenging. And not always in the “this is a fun challenge!” type way. And from that moment on, I forgave myself for finding it difficult. Because the amazing thing about running is that it never gets easier, but it always gets better.

  3. Haha, my “easy” runs never actually turn out to be easy. Running is still really hard for me even after a year. However, I love it more every time I get out there!

  4. Running is NOT easy for me and that’s why I love it. Growing up in grade school i was always in the back of the pack for the mile run in gym class. I stopped when I threw up which was always long before other people had to stop and it was humiliating! When I started running again this year at 31 after a 5 year long hiatus, it was painful. I have been running a few times a week since March and it’s just been recently that I feel semi normal, although it’s still obviously hard. There are different levels of hard, and the first one makes you feel like every major system in your body is fighting you, at least if youre out of shape and not naturally great at endurance. It took me several months to get to the point where that knot in my lungs/heart area that turned into nausea went away and I could keep going long enough to feel my legs get tired. Maybe some people have smaller hearts or more intense lactic acid build up, i dont know what it is, but I wish everyone who thinks they hate running and are bad at it would stick with it at least long enough to see that major change can take place. I can say this because I was always the worst of the worst and even at 21 i would have never DREAMED of running a slow, slow, slow jog for a full mile, let alone for several. I’ve always been very active and did ballet for 20 years…ive never been averse to pushing my body physically….the difference with running is that it takes a level of patience that I don’t think many people have and that i ALSO dont have but am trying to tap into!

  5. I’m totally the same with the numbers thing. I love it!

    And yes, running is ALWAYS hard for me. Period.

  6. You must be in my head! It’s so refreshing to read your blog, your take on running seems so…real. Running IS hard! And yet for some reason I keep doing it. You’ve also really inspired me when it comes to stroller running, and I’ve become a faster runner than I’ve ever been after pushing that stroller. It’s awesome. BUT, still hard :)

  7. i’m training for my first half marathon so my easy runs are in the 3-4 mile range right now. (actually tonight was the first time i’ve gone 8 miles!) the thing about the easy runs though, is it takes me 2 1/2 miles to warm up so those “easy” runs always feel like death and then they stop right as i start to feel good. so in short, agreed! if it’s not difficult because it’s long and my feet hurt and all i want is a cheeseburger, it’s hard because it’s over before my heart rate has even had a chance to catch up!

  8. Yes! Running is HARD. PERIOD. Whenever I get asked “what’s your easy pace?” I usually say “sitting”. I rarely have those effortless, light as a feather runs. If I do experience one – I really make myself take it in and enjoy it with a smile on my face. I’m okay that the majority of my workouts are hard – because I keep going back for more : )

  9. Running is hard! There are some days it feels easy and then the next day for no reason it’s hard again. That’s part of the game, but it also part of the fun! You never know what you are going to get! :)

  10. My “easy” runs are still difficult for me as I have only been running for a little over a year. It’s amazing how every run is truly different. Some days are harder than you expect and others are a breeze. No matter what, I always feel accomplished after I complete a run. I’ve done something good for me, my body and my soul! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  11. So nice to hear this from someone whose speed I aspire to! It can be so helpful to remember that the people you pass, the people who pass you, the people who’ve run for decades, the new starts….we all have so much in common, and some days, it’s that running is hard. I read something once “it doesn’t get easier, you just get faster”. :)

  12. YES. That quote does great things for me too! Running is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

  13. Oh, hey – Dorothy – Any tips on a good starter GPS watch? Looks like you use a few different watches; which is your favorite?

  14. Yes! This!

  15. I never know how I’m going to feel when I run – sometimes when I think I feel awesome, my run turns out less than stellar. Sometimes when I’m having an off day, my run turns out amazing and I’m faster than I’ve ever been. I never really know until I get going!

  16. I always need to remember how I feel after a run – that’s usually what motivates me to go running in the first place!

  17. No need to answer your question, because I feel exactly the same way you do about “easy runs”. No run is easy, because running takes a lot of mental and physical energy, whether short or long. But I do love those runs, when I feel like I’m running on air. I still wouldn’t consider it easy, but actually blissful and less mentally exhausting rather than physical, if that makes sense. LOL!

  18. Yes, yes and yes! So true! Lately my easy runs have not felt easy at all. I have been feeling really good about my hard/speed workouts and really bad about my easy runs. Not because I can’t do them, but because that pace does not seem as easy as I wish it did. Oh well…..running is hard…but more than rewarding :)

  19. Yes you are right!! I love that it’s hard and not easy. I mean I love it when it feels easy and effortless but I also love when it feels like a struggle to even move. :) Amen!! I agree!

  20. Anyone who believes that running is easy is mistaken about this activity. Exhibit one is roads – the asphalt and concrete are unforgiving. Even switching to trails can be challenging as you contend with uneven terrain. I also believe that every runner finds some part of their body a little sore after a run – the feet, a muscle group, or the legs. I would even venture a guess that the professional runners will say “running is hard” with the most conviction (in light of the weekly mileage they put in 100-150 miles). In spite of this, I find no activity more fulfilling in bringing clarity to my mind, therapy for my soul, and strength to set new goals and attain new challenges once thought absurd or out of reach. No distance is unattainable.

  21. so so true:)

  22. The hardest part for me is always getting my shoes on and starting the run. I feel so much better when I do it but getting to the run is always hard. Found you via the Beltway Bloggers list, love finding other DC area bloggers! http://talenttoplay.blogspot.com

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