I haven't run seriously since 2016. I'm trying to change that. I like calling myself a runner, but lately when it comes time to run, I find excuses not to.
I didn't let the excuses win today, though they put up a hell of a fight. It was my first run in over two weeks, right before I came down with the plague and started my Whole30 (Day 13 wooot!). Here is a sampling of what went through my head before, during and after today's jaunt around the neighborhood:
- It is such a gorgeous day! I don't have any work to do today! I should be productive! I should go for a run!
- After I eat breakfast.
- And read a little bit.
- I'm just going to check the internet for a second.
- This book is pretty good. I'm gonna give it a few more minutes.
- I should probably eat lunch before I head out.
- I should probably let my lunch settle a little before getting out there.
- I'm so glad I let my lunch settle a little before I get out there.
- This book is pretty good.
- I should do some writing.
- No, I really should get out there now.
- It's so nice outside!
- But I'm tired. And it's my day off. I kinda just want to sit around today.
- That run will be really good for you. And it doesn't even have to be that far!
- And it's beautiful outside!
- But... but... the couch feels so nice.
- I really should run.
- I'll never be a good runner...
- ...if I don't get out there and do it.
- Man, it is bright as fuck out here.
- Glad I found Kyle's sunglasses.
- This weather is spectacular.
- Avoid that goose over there. She looks mean.
- Huff... huff... I am so out of shape.
- Think I'll just walk a little bit.
- OK, we're running again.
- How have I ever run three miles without stopping before?
- But I have run three — and more! — miles without stopping before!
- Just not today.
- Really, just not today.
- This is good, though. I'm just doing it.
- Just takin' it day-by-day over here.
- All right, let's run to the next block.
- Good job. Now let's run all the way home.
- Two miles. Not bad.
- Well, it was more of a walk-run, but we'll get there.
- Better take a shoe-selfie to prove I ran.
- I am so out of shape.
- The only way to fix that is to keep at it.
- Let's do this all over again tomorrow.
It wasn't pretty, but at least I got it done.
I have been letting stress and work and everything else get in the way of my fitness, so while this may seem like a small victory, it's a pretty big one in my book. As much as I may have just wanted a Saturday on the couch, I remembered that I have goals to reach, and the only way I'm going to reach them is if I attack them.
What do you do to get yourself pumped up to run, or whatever your fitness method of choice is?