I talk to so many people who want to like even the thought of running. Any time I have a conversation about what I’m doing with triathlons, we end up talking about how they could never see themselves doing one of the three sports much less all three.
I always take the conversation back to when I started running.
Running for me was and still is therapeutic. My marriage was going down the tubes, I needed to lose some weight and I found myself loving the mental clarity and energy I had after a good run.
Getting through that first mile…No pun intended…was a milestone. I would think…if I could just run a mile, then I could go for two miles…and on and on.
The key though was finding a plan to go by and a group of people who were already running and beginner’s like me. It’s so much harder when you try to walk out your door and start running with no instruction or goals or way to gauge progress. This is what we call…Learning the hard way and hating it.
A great place to start with a group and a goal is Team In Training.
Life is such a process. So is running. You have to look at it in small steps and go from there. When talking about life people say, I’m just trying to live one day at a time. Well that makes sense to me. So why would you not treat running or anything else physical the same way?
Life has it’s ups and downs. So does running. Life has sore spots and aches and pains. So does running. Life has its rewards. So does running. After a little time the soreness starts to fade, the aches and pains go away and running…well now it’s just apart of everyday life now…as if it were second nature…go figure.
It’s all apart of the process. If you bite of more than you can chew then you will fail every time. Run with a plan, set some goals and experience life in a whole new way. You won’t regret what you will learn about yourself in the process.
I did it and now I’m doing triathlons. Never thought I would, but what the heck…might as well tri right?
What do you have to lose?