I went to bed last night not looking forward to running this morning. Not sure why, I was only planning on doing 5 easy miles but I was dreading it. I woke up this morning feeling the same way. I took my time getting dressed and tried to think of a lot of excuses and could hear the DVR calling my name but I forced myself to get outside and get started.
As soon as got about one block into the run, all of the dread went away. The sun was strong but there was a nice breeze, I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of cars on the road, and there were plenty of little lizard babies frolicking about running from what must seem like my monster steps coming to get them. I felt good.
So it really is true. The hardest part of any run is getting those running shoes on. Once you get started, all of the negative feelings you had about getting started are bound to slip away as you remember what you enjoy and get out of running, why you started in the first place. I think this applies to much more than running, much more than exercise. The anticipation of an event, a project, a day of work… is often so much worse than the actual reality of it happening or getting finished. It also ruins the time you spend anticipating and worrying about the what ifs or complaining about it. Just get out there and do, and stop thinking so much! Life is much easier that way 🙂
Ok that’s it from me, I’m going to answer the calls of my DVR and do some other productive but not so fun things 🙂
Have you ever dreaded something that wound up being great?
What do you do on vacation days?