When you run, you have issues. Issues you never imagined having. Really, things you just never really thought about before.
I never had. When I began running it was miserable. I had to count the seconds which I could run. I would set non realistic goals for myself, such as...."if I run all the way to the second mailbox there, I will buy myself a Lexus." My smart side of my brain soon figured out I would NOT really be buying myself a Lexus...I would just brush it off and say, " really what I meant, is I'll treat myself to Michelob Ultra"
My goals were small and short...just run for 2 minutes straight....then it became 5,10, 20 minutes.
It was very rewarding.
Then my issues began to take over, because nothing can stay fun and rewarding for long.
I couldn't get 3 miles without having to go "#2". This began to dictate my running schedule. I had to run in areas there were bathrooms or face the consequences. It became stressful, which led to more #2.
These are things runners don't talk about often. I never worried about blisters or knees, only potties and toilet paper.
It is hindering me more than not being able to run 6 miles.
Running should be relaxing. You run, think about everything from sex to taxes, unless you are me...I think about outside toilets and tall grass.