I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
I used to be annoyingly obsessed with running. If I was talking, I was talking about running. If I was writing, I was writing about running. If I was stressing, I was stressing about running.
It wasn’t the best way to go about being a runner. There’s a healthy balance between running and the rest of your life—and that wasn’t it. But now the pendulum has swung the other direction and running is no longer an obsession. It’s a hobby.
Like many of my hobbies, running has been in a bin under my bed along with a bunch of yarn and acid-free paper. Lately, I’ve been feeling like running on a more regular basis—and knitting—again. (If only I could run and knit at the same time.)
But then when I think about it too much, it all seems overwhelming. Training and planning runs, remembering how use that knitter hook thingy…it’s a lot. And so I just do what I’ve been doing in my free time lately— looking up nail art on Pinterest.
Fortunately, I have been participating in some online classes focused on taking action. When the teacher breaks it down, action sounds so easy. Just do something, anything toward your goal. Just one simple step. Don’t think about it too much, just do it.
Sometimes even the smallest excuses will keep me from getting started, I’ve realized. Excuses like: “I don’t have a clean shirt,” or “My watch isn’t charged.”
These are small little details that really shouldn’t get in the way of my goals, but I let them. I don’t know why. I did not pay enough attention in my college psych 101 class (when I actually went). I know any old shirt will work just fine and that there are about 967 different run tracker apps on my phone. Also, just because a run isn’t tracked, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
So, I’m taking what I’m learning and I’m going to apply it to running. Here are some ways I’m going to help myself take action and get started again:
I was looking up some advice and found a quote from Walt Disney. He said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” So, I guess I’ll shut up now…and go for a run.
Kerrie Turcic is a runner from Maple Valley, Wash. Kerrie is currently a copywriter by day, and also a