For me, when it comes to running, the hardest step is always the first one out the front door. Once I'm out there, pounding the pavement, it's easy. Fun even. I love it! But unless I really (and I mean really) make it a priority...I don't go. There are always a few million other "things" on my list and it's so easy to put running at the bottom. Soon, a few days of slacking turns into weeks. Weeks turn into months. And here I am 15 months post half marathon and the thought of running 13.1 miles sends me into a cold sweat.
The thing is, I'm okay if I never run 13.1 miles again. But I'm not okay with the weight gain, the poor eating choices, and the lethargy vs. insomnia that always accompanies my lack of exercise. I'm not okay with always putting my needs at the bottom of my list.
And I need to run. I feel better - emotionally, physically, mentally - when I do. I make better choices - about how I eat, how late I stay up, how I spend my time - when I do.
So this morning at 5:30, I got reacquainted with some old friends. My running shoes. Of course I was tired when the alarm went off. Of course a half dozen excuses clouded my brain as I put my feet on the floor. "It's too dark, it's too cold, just press snooze once..." but I ignored them and went anyway. And it was glorious. Only 2.37 miles. But that's 2.37 more miles than I've run in a long time!
So I've made myself a commitment. I'm going to run 111 miles by 11/11/11. That works out to be 2.4 miles a day for the next 46 days. I'm excited to get back into the regular routine of running - and all that comes with it. My hope is, that after 46 days, I'll be back in the habit of running. And this time, I'm going to work hard at keeping it!
What is your "hardest step?" Do you have a need that too often finds itself at the bottom of your list? Let me know. I'd love to encourage you as you take it. As you find a way to get it done.
Because it feels so good when we do, right?!