Nuisance: a person, thing, or situation that is annoying or that causes trouble or problems
The quote above is so true — I say it often, happiness is a choice. We can’t change many things, but we can change the way we feel about them. Yet that’s not the nuisance I’m going to write about in this post. Although it’s a great future topic!
The nuisances runners put up with
It is little wonder that so many people never get started with running, for there is little doubt that running is filled with nuisances:
- Aches and pains
- Bad weather
- Shoe companies changing your favorite shoes
- Runners who don’t acknowledge you
- Work/life getting in the way of your runs
In fact, I wrote up a list of 27 ways to irritate runners when irritate was our Wednesday Word.
To the non-runner there are so many nuisances associated with running that it seems that there is no reason to even attempt to run. I’ve already written about that, obviously, so I’m going in a slightly different direction here.
You have to recognize the difference . . .
. . . between a nuisance and a real pain.
And there is definitely a difference! Swelling, tingling, pain that persists after your run, pain that alters your gait, pain that increases during your run, shortness of breath, faintness — all of these are signs that you need to seek professional help.
Your body is really an incredible machine. And it talks to you all the time. Learn to listen to it and recognize the difference between a nuisance and a real pain.
One thing I know for sure
If you run, there will be nuisances. I’ve written about them before; I’m sure I’ll write about them again. I also write often about all the benefits of running, because the benefits far outweigh the nuisances.
A few more posts to peruse:
Tell me in the comments:
What running nuisance have you “run into”?
Have you learned the difference between a nuisance and a real pain?
What are your warning signs that it’s more than a nuisance?