For anyone that hasn't read yesterday's RW daily (http://rwdaily.runnersworld.com/2010/06/caution-hearts-may-melt.html), do it now. I guarantee it's the sweetest thing you'll read all day. And, it doesn't include information on Lebron James! A-mazing!
If I had to respond to Nathan, I'd send back the following...
Is it hard?
In a word, Yes. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do. Growing up, I was good at everything- straight A student, 1st chair clarinet in the school band, plus I played on softball teams. But running? It's the first (and only) thing I've ever had to work hard at to see rewards.
I'm not a naturally gifted runner by any means. But I'm living proof that you get out of it what you put into it. I've been able to achieve things I never thought possible, simply because I worked hard for them. The sky's the limit.
As fictional baseball manager Jimmy Dugan once said, "It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."
Do your legs hurt after you run?
No. Sometimes I have lingering general achiness (usually only during Monster Month of marathon training), but otherwise day-to-day running produces no ill effects. I can run forever. My brain and the rest of my body just get tired. Ask me if my legs hurt after riding the bike and you'll get a very different answer!
Do you like it?
No. I LOVE IT! I promised myself a very long time ago that if I ever stopped liking it, I would stop doing it. I'm showing no signs of stopping, and I couldn't imagine my life without it. It's as simple as that.