Why go for a run? Why start with a sport that inherently involves sweating it out, usually in front of complete strangers, while you huff and puff down the side walk? It hurts, it’s too hot out, it’s too cold out, it’s late, it’s too early, I don’t really need to go….I’ve been there. I’ve had all the excuses. I still let them get the best of me on occasion, meaning this post is just as much for you as it is for me.
So here it is. This is why you should go for a run.
….you were expecting something more? Some sort of sage wisdom? Perhaps an introspective on how we, as a species, were built for chasing down our prey on the savanna and now you are honouring that tradition? Sorry to disappoint.
Seriously though – Running. Is. Awesome.
Think about it this way: when was the last time you regretted heading out for a run? Personally, I can honestly say I’ve never regretted it. Maybe I didn’t have the best run, maybe I just couldn’t seem to find my stride, maybe I had a bird attack my head (true story, but one for another post), but despite that I’ve never come back from a run feeling worse than when I started out.
For that reason alone – get going. Step out the door, and it will all fall into place after that.
If you’re finding it hard despite this, may I offer a lesson from John Stanton, the founder of the Running Room? I read somewhere** John says that when he is having a very hard time lacing up and getting out there, he tells himself he only has to do it for 10 minutes. If after 10 minutes he doesn’t like it, he can return home. He claims that by the time 10 minutes is up, he usually doesn’t mind sticking it out. If it works for him – the man who was overweight and smoked 2 packs a day before running himself into the head of a running empire – then maybe it can work for us mere mortals.
Finally, if none of that is working and you need something else, I’ll give you my fail safe mantra. This one gets me out the door no matter what:
I’ve you are tired of starting over, stop giving up.
(Photo Credit: David Robert Bliwas)
**If you know where, leave a message in the comments so I can supply the link for those who want it!