1. Try to talk yourself out of it. Ask yourself: Self, why the hell do you want to do this? It’s not for weight loss, because now that your shortest run is four miles, you eat all the food. It’s not for health, either, because quite frankly, three miles three times a week is plenty to keep your heart in shape.
2. Procrastinate. Maybe fold some socks or something.
3. Realize your current playlist is not long enough to get you through this run. Panic.
4. Add new songs to playlist. “I’m On It” from Nashville; “Instant Crush” by Daft Punk; “Something Just Like This” by Chainsmokers; “Scotty Doesn’t Know” from EuroTrip (aka the BEST MOVIE EVER, other than Paint Your Wagon, because let’s face it, nothing tops Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin singing duets).
5. Consider that instead of running seven miles, maybe your time would be better spent internet stalking Julian Casablancas.
6. Check fares to England. Sigh.
7. Clean the bathroom.
8. You are out of procrastination time, because you’re meeting a friend at the climbing gym tonight. Damn it.
10. Maybe it sucks. Undoubtedly part of it did. But there are also moments when you realize, hey, this actually feels pretty good. Your legs feel tired but strong, and you like that. You like the sweat dripping in your eyes, even though it stings a little. You finally have an answer to your question, and it only took seven miles to find it: You run because you like to do hard things. Sometimes it really is that simple.