What "Loving the Grind" Means to Me

This morning I did a track workout around 7:00am. When I'm doing a hard workout, I can't just wake up and go. I woke up around 5:30 so I could eat, digest, and stretch to get my body ready to go. I set the alarm for 5:30 and shot up right when it went off to prepare my body. I did my whole morning routine which consisted of oatmeal, stretching, and hydration. Then I got my butt out the door ready to attack the day. The workout went well and during my two mile cool down I thought of this blog.


To get anything worth having in life, it requires work. Different goals require different amounts of work, but you can't cheat your way to success. It's impossible. I look at things from a running perspective because that consumes a lot of my time. If two people toe the line for a race with the same ability, but one trained and the other didn't it won't be too exciting of a race. I can guarantee you that!


Success doesn't come without the grind. The grind is the day in and day out work that it takes to reach your goal. I'm sure you've heard someone say that "you gotta love the grind" in your life. I personally don't agree with this statement, but that's just me and here's why.


I don't like waking up early. I don't like stretching for an hour to get my body ready for a morning run. I don't like busting my butt on a track. That's the grind so if I don't enjoy all this why am I up everyday at the crack of dawn, why do I run, and why do I take care of my body? For one reason: Nothing is going to stop me from reaching my goal and I have to do what's necessary to get it. That doesn't mean I love the grind, but it does mean I'll do whatever it takes to get the job done. To reach a goal it takes a lot of sacrifice which isn't fun. The grind gets in the way of the things we want to do, but if you commit to the grind you will reach your dreams. For that reason I don't love the grind. I embrace it and know it's necessary to get me to where I want to go.


What are your thoughts on the grind? I'd love to hear! Comment below, send me an email, or reach out on social media.



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Tanner Kern is a 22 year old runner, podcaster and blogger from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: A Blog About Life, Running, and Everything in Between."

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