I remember once, my cross-country coach told me:
Quit trying to make it easy. Running is always going to be uncomfortable.
Now, I’m not sure if real runners would agree with that statement (Patty? Can you shed some light?) but regardless, I’ve always remembered that sentence. Because something changes once you accept the idea that it doesn’t have to feel perfect. That you’re not striving for what you thought you were striving for.
You start to realize that the journey is the destination, the process is the product, and the ritual is the reward.