I love new ‘chapters’ (so to speak) in life. A new year, a new job, moving to a new place, even just visiting a new place. Something fresh and rejuvenating about it. I’ve always kept running, adapting life lists for things to strive for. While drafting my 2012: A Recap in Pictures post, I realized something. I was busy having so much fun in 2012, that the running aspect of my life started to fall by the wayside.
2012 was a year of “run how I feel” and “taking a break off distance training”. Admittedly, my legs (and sleepy, 6AM self) very much appreciated it. But that lack of structure to my running routine squashed my motivation to get after it, and run with a sense of routine. I’ll be honest, the passion – and motivation – I had for running in 2012 left much to be desired.
Makes me wonder, what comes first? Being motivated to get out the door and run, or running to continually motivate yourself to stick to the plan? After seeing how 2012 panned out for me? I’d say, for me at least, the latter rings true.
I’ve run 4 days in a row this week, and it feels good. It’s gradually getting easier to wake up to my alarm, I’m okay with grabbing dessert, and work even feels more productive.
And just like that, my motivation to hang on to this routine has begun to snowball. Run once, gather motivation, run even more, gather more motivation. I kinda like that.
So to all the folks out there hoping to find motivation to get started on a new chapter of their lives this 2013 – whether it be weight loss or working out more regularly - just take your first step.
If you’re anything like me, getting the ball rolling is the hardest part.