I’m taking a break from the “how to” posts with this one. I recently overheard 2 of my friends talking and one said, “I think I’ll start running in a few months…” Really? A few months? Why even pretend you are going to start? What kills me is that this is not an uncommon mindset.
One of these days is none of these days.
Running isn’t for everyone. I understand that. I understand that not everyone is going to fall in love with it like I did. But if you are reading this blog it means that you at the very least want to be running. Have you been putting it off lately? Have you been making a lot of excuses? Then please, out of respect for the time it takes me to write these blogs and respect for the time it takes you to read them, don’t pretend to be motivated! Go out and run! If you don’t run today, you won’t ever go. Tomorrow will be no better than today. I’ve given this quote before, but it’s a good one:
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
If you are physically able to go running today then there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t. Tomorrow you or a family member might become ill, or there might be an earthquake, or you might get called into work or unexpectedly asked to work late. You KNOW that right now you are free, but anything could happen tomorrow. And if you aren’t free today, then start taking steps toward running today. Go buy running shoes/gear, map out a route in a park on google maps, join a gym…do something, ANYTHING, to prepare for running tomorrow. Or if you still aren’t free tomorrow, take 15 minutes out of each day that you can’t run to do something running-related until the day that you can go for that run. Practice your deep breathing, stretch, do jumping jacks, find a running buddy. Reading this blog doesn’t count. If you train your mind (and body) to get into a running mindset it will be easier to actually go for that run when the time comes.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
And finally…if you’ve been reading this blog for almost a month now and still haven’t gone running at all…please stop reading it. You will never run, so stop fooling yourself, and stop wasting your time.
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Think of today as your last chance. There is still time to not be full of shit. You could still go running today! Prove me wrong. Go outside right now in your Keds and pajamas and run around the block, and then post a comment telling me how wrong I was. Tell me that you needed this month to mentally prepare and today you finally went for your first run.
Each moment is an opportunity to make a fresh start.
But if you don’t, please just give up. The only worse thing than someone who does something poorly is someone who talks about doing something but doesn’t do it at all.
Talk is cheap. Words are plentiful. Deeds are precious.
-H Ross Perot
I promise you that if you go running right now…in the heat or in the rain, in your cheap shoes or with no sports bra, chased by a dog or hollered at by some teenage boys…whatever happens, you absolutely will not regret it.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.