Well, its been two weeks since the Walt Disney World Marathon. Things have been a bit hectic around here, so there has not been a lot of time to get those runs in. Rationalizing not running has been easy: “Too Busy,” “Next Race Isn’t Until March,” “Rest & Recovery,” etc. Well, now is time to get back on the horse. The sunshine today actually makes it easier to find the motivation to get back into the swing of things. When I ran across the motivational photo you see here, all those excuses seemed to fade away.
It reminded me about what I thought when I started with running in the first place, after my wife signed us up for a half marathon: Just go. Just go, and see what happens. When you are sitting in your comfortable chair, or lying on the couch, it is easy to come up with excuses for not getting moving. But it never fails. No matter how much I don’t want to run, no matter how much I just want to sit around, I always feel good when I just go. Early into the run I cannot imagine why I didn’t want to run. When I am done with run, I always feel better about myself. Even knowing all that, it is still hard to take that first step, especially after a layoff. However, it is taking that step that makes all the difference. In running or otherwise, that step, and the courage to take it, is what separates those that do, and those that don’t; those that can, and those that can’t.
There have been a lot of times in my life when I have not taken that step. However, every time I have managed to summon the strength to take it, it has led to good things.
I just have to keep reminding myself of that. . .