Our modern world is all about convenience. Remote controls. Delivery food. An Internet where you can do anything, any time. Maybe part of what I like about running is there’s nothing convenient about it. It’s inconvenient and challenging … and makes us really have to work, both physically and mentally.
There’s nothing convenient about forcing yourself to get up an hour early to do a workout. To greeting cold weather by spending extra time dressing in layers. To dealing with all the soreness that comes later.
Dressing up in leggings, holiday socks and a Santa Claus cap on a freezing Saturday morning to go run with a few hundred other crazy people is much less convenient than sleeping in, watching TV or surfing the Web. Maybe that’s part of the reason I enjoy doing things like the weekend’s Reindeer Run 5K. There’s nothing easy about it.
Because while convenience is a good business practice, I could use another word for it: laziness. It’s too convenient to take the easy way out too often. To sit on the sidelines. To do the bare minimum. To life a safe, conservative life. There’s nothing convenient, after all, about trying new things.
But if you’ve ever had to summon the energy to make it to the finish line — especially when your lungs are burning, your muscles are screaming and it’s you vs. the urge to throw in the towel — you know the feeling of achievement from overcoming the all-too-convenient inertia of modern living. Pushing ourselves to meet challenging goals expands our existence. Doing something inconvenient once in a while can be a wonderful thing.