Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m pleased to see you here.
This blog started as a way to make me accountable while I wrestle myself into being a committed runner – something I have rejected my entire life. See my first post here.
I have always hated running. I think it starts from PE lessons at school. Being made to run in the cold and the rain, being shouted at for being slow, being slower than EVERYONE else – essentially feeling slow and stupid every time I was made to run, and unable to see the benefit of being made to feel like that.
But that was 20 years ago, and now my grown-up self knows that being active is an important component of being happy and healthy.
After years of investing (financially and personally) in various different exercise regimes (gym memberships, exercise classes, home workout programmes) I have realised that, for me, the best answer is an activity that is transportable, cheap, and has few truly reasonable excuses not to do it. Running as a beginner requires no expensive equipment. A pair of trainers and some comfortable clothes – something that you almost certainly already own. So, no excuses there. There is no restriction on the time of day you can run – pick a time of day that fits with your schedule; in the morning before breakfast, during your lunch break, in the evening before dinner – whenever. If you live somewhere where you can do so without putting your personal safety at risk, you can even run in the middle of the night. So, no excuses there either. I think it probably takes the least preparation – just get changed and put your trainers on, and you can start and finish your workout exactly where suits you – no travelling to and from the gym. So maximum time working out, minimum fuss. Perfect.
But I hate running.
Yeah, me too, but so far I’ve not found anything more convenient that will keep me active and help keep me healthy. Does anyone actually enjoy the act of running? I ask this question a lot, and all those I know who do run say that the first 10-15 minutes of a run is always a battle with your body and your willpower, but they say that once your breakthrough this initial barrier, you just accept that you’re running and get on with it.
There is always a list of ‘buts’. But isn’t there always for anything that needs to be achieved? Nothing worth doing is easy. There is no easy path to being good at anything. Whether you want to run, play the guitar/piano, play tennis, be an accomplished novelist, be a platinum hit selling singer, or whatever else it is that you dream of, there is no shortcut. The harsh truth is that this is a fact that we all need to get used to if we want to succeed about anything. It is a truth that I have realised for myself in the last few years. But, rather than let this truth defeat you, you have a choice: to give up before you’ve started or to get started. The second option is already a hell of a lot closer to achieving your goal.
I hope you enjoy the blog and don’t mind the brand of pragmatic, blunt, tough-love that I apply to myself and life in general. It is not because I think I have the answers – I don’t – it is because I think that the only path to finding the answers is to quit making excuses and get working to find out what you can do, and what you can do to get better at it, each baby step at a time. You will surprise yourself. It will open doors you never imagined you could open.
Use the comment boxes to let me know what you’re working towards and how you’re doing it. Running, climbing a mountain, swimming The Channel, learning a new language, building a super new gadget which is going to blow everyone’s mind – whatever it is you are striving towards, let me know – I love hearing other people’s stories.