The Good Side of Sore


By: Brian Elder

Beep. Beep. Beep. The alarm clock goes off way to early and once again I reach to hit the snooze for what will be the first of three cycles. The problem is when I reach my arms wont quite make it to the phone and my legs seem tense. Soreness strikes again or delayed onset muscle soreness as my college textbooks say. 

When you think “sore” the word always carries a negative connotation. It seems unfair to me though. Why does “sore” get such a bad reputation? Sure it never ideal to be sore, but that does not mean that it necessarily is a bad thing.

Soreness can actually be a positive. 

Soreness shows that you have worked hard. Not just hard, but harder than you have previously. It shows that you are creating a change physically and physical change leads to mental change which leads to life transformation. We have heard it time and time again from people on our podcasts at Connect Run Club whose lives are examples and testaments to this truth. Starting slow and working your way up takes time, it takes energy, and it takes being sore, but in the end the soreness is worth it.

This week in training to qualify for Boston at the Peak to Creek marathon I actually began to feel some soreness. Although it sounds strange I was excited about and welcomed the soreness for once! It meant that I was finally able to get in a productive and solid week of training. Something I have been unable to do in the past few weeks from bee stings and cross country road trips. So next time you’re feeling sore after a tough workout, take the proactive approach and focus on how much the workout and soreness is going to help you get to your goal!

Brian Elder is a learner, traveler, and nomadic runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere remarkable. He is a senior at the University of Georgia studying English and Religion.  After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels through an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive.  Follow Brian's training  on Instagram.