this is why i run: endurance // day 22

endurance (noun) the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions 

One thing I have always admired about runners is how much endurance they have. It seems like they could go on forever (and ever and ever) without getting tired. How is that even possible?!

Since becoming a runner myself, I know firsthand that it is possible to build up enough endurance to run for what others may see as impossible. Endurance doesn’t happen overnight and any athlete can tell you that it’s only after much rigorous training and discipline, where it becomes like second nature.

When I first started running, I could barely run one mile without getting winded and my legs feeling heavy like logs. At that point, I had a choice to make: let it discourage me or let it motivate me. It goes without saying which choice I made and even though it was difficult, the end result was well worth any pain. As I said before, our human bodies are amazingly designed to accomplish feats like 100 mile races and days of non-stop swimming. Without endurance, none of that could happen. (At least, not very well or without serious injury.)

Building endurance by running has its’ rewards not only by giving me the ability to conquer longer distances or times, but by also giving me the stamina to go kayaking, swimming, or cycling without having to worry about whether or not I’m going to make it through the workout. I appreciate the hard work, discipline and dedication that goes into building up endurance because I know that it will only make me that much better of an athlete, that much stronger as a runner.

This is why I run.

*This post is a part of a 31 Day Writing Challenge in which I celebrate all the reasons I run. You can find links to all the posts here.

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