Tuesday, September 27, 2011

One foot in front of the other...


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?! 

8 comments:

Marta @ Haus of Girls said...

yay Erin! So happy to read this!
I have missed my running pal from across the country.
It's so motivating and encouraging when you know you're accomplishing goals TOGETHER. You can do this.
Remember how awesome it felt when you were living a life of routine and exercise! That is always my motivation. My goal is always 15 miles a week. Nothing special. But perfect for this busy mom who always puts her needs last. It's means so much have something that makes me feel better about myself health wise and emotionally. Can I join your 111 by Nov 11th challenge?! Maggie's wedding is Nov 12th so perfect timing. Let's do this!!!

Stephanie said...

Just what I needed to read today! Every night I go home from work thinking I need to get in a run. I even signed up for the Disneyland 1/2 marathon in January and still have not gotten out there to do it. There is always something, dinner to be made, homework to help with, games to play, but I need to take the time out for me too. My mother's guilt may never go away but I need to realize that this will make me a better person inside and out!

Andrea @ The Worley House said...

i needed to read this today. thanks for posting this. i too hate running, and talk myself outta everyday doing something active. a million excuses you're exactly right. thanks for inspiring me today, and giving me a little extra push.

{cuppakim} said...

get it girl. you are beastly, burnsie! 111 miles before 11/11/11 - AWESOME. That is ambitious! I am totally rooting for you! keep us posted!

ragamuffinbeauties said...

SO incredibly proud of you friend! You can do this, I KNOW you can and am here for you! Praying for you through every mile. Love what you wrote about what mattering is that you are NOT OKAY about putting yourself last, as you shouldn't. And Marta's sweet comment was SO precious...love your sweet friendship, beautiful! PS I finally emailed you back...still love me, right?!?!

Kristen said...

this is such an awesome goal.

i was in a really great running groove for almost 2 years. then i got a little burned out and eventually just backed off running all together which turned into doing no exercise at all for quite a few months.

after too many lbs and too many months i hopped back on the exercise train. i have pretty consistently been exercising 5-6 days a week since april. i still haven't gotten back into the running groove yet. i have tried but it is so mental for me. i feel frustrated to not have the endurance/pace that i had a few years ago. i have to really get myself a pep talk to get out the door but once i go i am usually very glad at the end. i NEED to get back into a good rotation with some running days.

this might be the motivation i need to create a good habit of getting out a few days a week. even if i don't join in know i will be cheering you along. such a great idea!

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

SO proud of you, Erin! Love you, friend!!

formerly known as emj said...

This really convicted me to get back on the workout bandwagon.

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