Imagine you decide to bake a cake. You’ve picked the right recipe, cleaned the kitchen, carved out some time from your busy schedule, found the baking pans, bought the ingredients and mixed them up. As you put it in the perfectly-preheated oven you think: this is going to be amazing. Then 20 minutes later, the power fails.
That’s how it feels to me when I end up walking it in after a long run. It feels like a waste of effort – like I’m stuck with a half-baked cake. I sometimes loathe the thought of heading out the door for a run, but I absolutely hate starting a run and not being able to finish. It’s incredibly frustrating.
In fact, on my last failed long run, I felt my eyes welling up with tears as I walked it in. I was so tired and discouraged. I felt like a failure. Then I felt silly. Because running is a hobby, done for fitness and fun. It’s nothing to cry about.
And that got me thinking about the scene in “A League of Their Own” where Tom Hanks, playing the manager of a women’s baseball team, tells one of the players, “There’s no crying in baseball!” Which started me laughing. Which made me look like a crazy person. So basically, everything was back to normal.